Friday Photo: Games Ready!

25 07 2014


Team Hello Scotland met Clyde, the official Commonwealth Games Mascot, ahead of the Opening Ceremony on Wednesday. All eyes are on Glasgow – bring it on!

Friday Photo: Flying Scotsman.

23 05 2014

Our founder and explorer Bill hijacked this seaplane on a recent trip to Cameron House Hotel. This handsome beast (the plane not Bill!) takes flight from Scotland’s ‘Bonnie Banks’ of one of Scotland’s best-known lochs, Loch Lomond.

Bill loch lomond seeplane

Exploring the magnificent Scottish West Coast by seaplane is an intoxicating experience for incentive guests and one of the world’s great journeys. For high-flying ideas for your next incentive trip to Scotland, contact us today on

10 Reasons for Incentives to Come Scotland This Year.

20 05 2014

Elaine our Managing Director has arrived in Frankfurt to attend IMEX and is looking forward to meeting any of you who are attending. Just in case you are in any doubt about why you should be planning an incentive to Scotland in 2014, here are 10 good reasons!

Eilean Donan Castle


  1. Homecoming Scotland: A year-long programme of events and activities to showcase all that’s great about Scotland.
  2. Commonwealth Games: This large multi-sport event starts in Glasgow on 23rd July.
  3. The Ryder Cup: Head to the magnificent Gleneagles Hotel in September to cheer on the world’s finest golfers.
  4. Bannockburn: Celebrate 700 years since one of Scotland’s most famous battles with the new state-of-the-art 3D technology visitor centre.
  5. MTV Europe Music Awards: The good and the great of the music in the music industry will descend on Glasgow for this awards ceremony.
  6. 50th Anniversary of the Forth Road Bridge: Big birthday plans and a festival for this iconic bridge just north of Edinburgh.
  7. The Hydro Arena: This 13,000 seat Sir Norman Foster designed area has changed the skyline of Glasgow.
  8. The biggest art festival in the world: The world famous Festival and Fringe consumes Edinburgh during August and is like nothing on earth
  9. The Kelpies: Get up and personal to this massive piece of public art, two horse heads standing 30 metres tall.
  10. It makes sense!: History, heritage, dramatic scenery, dynamic cities, castles, kilts, whisky, amazing local produce, world class hotels and resorts and ‘one-off’ gala dinner venues. We could go on, but it’s rude to boast!

Elaine Hamilton

Please head to stand G200 at IMEX and say hello to Elaine or contact our friendly team on

Friday Photo: Salem’s Scot.

16 05 2014

Guess where Bill’s next stop was on his recent trip to the States? The clue is in the witch’s hat rather than the two pooches he collected along the way!

Salem's Scot

Bill has returned from a successful trip to America and one of the cities he visited was Salem, Massachusetts. Although famed for the Salem Witch Trails, Bill did not see any……..or if he did was too polite to say so!

For magical and inspiring ideas for your next incentive trip to Scotland, contact us today on

Escape to Islands: Orkney.

13 05 2014

Incentive planners are always looking for ways to excite and delight their groups and to find the road less travelled; the Orkney Isles are a case in point. The Orkney Islands lie off the northern tip of Scotland, where the North Sea and the Atlantic Ocean meet. Orkney is made up of 70, or so, islands — of which, only 16 are inhabited.

Old Man of Hoy

Old Man of Hoy. 

So why would incentive groups take the extra journey to Orkney? Well, firstly, Orkney came 4th in the TripAdvisor 2014 Travellers’ Choice Islands awards; a world wide poll. In addition Orkney has a vibrant capital, wonderful wildlife in stunning scenery, pristine beaches, fascinating historic attractions, a burgeoning arts and crafts scene, amazing fresh produce and even a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Orkney has fantastic discoveries waiting around every corner.

Whitemill Bay, Sanday, Orkney

Whitemill Bay, Sanday.

Orkney has a past that is radically different from the rest of Britain so husband and wife team David Murdoch and Margaret Hay, local guides and historian are on hand to share their local knowledge. Orkney was Viking and Norwegian territory until 1468. Incentive groups can absorb the history of this legacy; not to mention 5,000 year-old World Heritage sites. David and Margaret know of quirky things to see like sheep that live solely on the seashore eating seaweed and the landing of the shortest scheduled commercial airline flight in the world. You know that you are in for a good time in islands that host a series of cultural Festivals that attract internationally famous artists! No trip to Scotland is complete without a visit to a distillery, Orkney has the world famous Highland Park and Scapa distilleries;  private tours can be arranged to Highland Park. Have a look at David and Margaret’s site here.

Ring of Brodgar

Ring of Brodgar

For a really memorable experience, the Balfour Estate offers the world’s most northerly island castle available for exclusive use and fine dining.

What are you waiting for?

The dynamic team at Hello Scotland is always on the lookout for new ideas and unexpected locations for our valued incentive groups. Contact us on and we will help you plan an unforgettable incentive trip.

Friday Photo: Saltire Scot.

9 05 2014

How did Bill manage to find this saltire (Scottish flag) in the vast nation of the United States of America? The Scots do have a reputation for scattering across the globe though, so it’s not that surprising to find some countrymen,even in the quietest of corners.

Bill in Salem

Bill recently spend a week in America visiting old friends and potential new clients and was heartened to get such a positive reaction about Scotland. For interesting ideas for your next incentive trip to Scotland, contact us today on


6 05 2014

Whisky is known as Scotland’s national drink and loved by millions across the globe, but there is a ‘new’ kid in town, GIN! As you can see below, Bill is not sure which tipple to try first…….

Bill Thomson with whisky and gin

Along side the respected whisky traditions, gin is currently enjoying something of a renaissance thanks to the exquisite tastes and styles of new wave, artisan brands. These include Scottish gins like Hendrick’s, The Botanist, Edinburgh Gin, Blackwood’s, Edinburgh Gin, NB Gin and Caorunn (pronounced ka-roon). All these gins have been developed using malt whisky processes and held in the same high esteem as single malt whisky, but drunk in more creative ways than the usual gin and tonic; perhaps adding apple or cucumber as garnish instead of a lemon or lime.

Man in hatThe discerning Hello Scotland team is ensuring that incentive groups get a taste of both whisky and gin by launching The Best of Both Worlds. This incentive programme includes the expected whisky activities but has the extra bonus of learning about and experiencing Scotland’s finest artisan gins into the bargain. With Scotland’s abundant natural larder, a gin and food paring can be included for a unique dinner experience. Perhaps afternoon tea in a private castle with gin cocktails served from teapots into vintage cups? The Gin Palaces of the 1800s were sophisticated affairs and Hello Scotland can recreate an incentive group’s private palace with classy gin cocktails in one of Scotland’s breathtaking, historic venues. Or imagine gliding up to a stately home in a classic car for a ‘Gin and Jazz’ night of dancing, perhaps inspired by the 1920s, Great Gatsby style. A GIN-centive if you will!

Gin in cups

For a twist on the usual incentive ideas, contact the Hello Scotland team today on


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