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Scotlands Digital Visitors Guide
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Scotlands Activities
"Adventures always at your fingertips"
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Whether you are thinking of sightseeing in Scotland, looking for the best beaches in Scotland or perhaps you want to find the best family activities Scotland has to offer you can quickly find and select from over 3,500 listings within a couple of clicks. So what are you waiting for..... go explore Scotland at it’s best.
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Organisations
"Amenities always in the palm of your hands"
Many of Scotland’s best visitor attractions and heritage are managed and operated by not for profit organisations specifically set up in conjunction with the Scottish Government. These organisations ensure that our most precious assets are carefully managed, maintained and preserved for the benefit of all who live in and visit Scotland.
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If you are looking for a night out or an evening at the theatre we have all the best places to experience.
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Recommendations
"The experiences of a lifetime"
We all like to get the inside information from those who have local knowledge and experiences. So if you want to find the best places to dine out when you visit Scotland or the best local shops or services this section will give you a wide array of tried and tested experiences.
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Hidden Gems
"The places you just love to find?"
In this section you can explore some of the less well known hidden gems that Scotland has to offer.
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Scotlands Events
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"Live events throughout the year"
Why not make the most of your visit to Scotland by taking in an event or two. We have created this handy Calendar to help you find an array of events such as Highland Games Gatherings, Concerts, Local Fairs or Specialist Events.
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    JOHN TAYLOR

    Scottish born artist studied Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee the Royal College of Art, London. Originally interested in painting and illustration now full time fine art photographer. Started fine art book publishing company  2010. Latest book  'Angels In The Undergrowth' available on Amazon and all good bookshops. Has exhibited in many places including Victoria and Albert Museum, Museum of London, Tate Britain, Barbican Art Gallery, National Art Galleries, Scotland and venues in Europe and USA.

    Currently working on three publications of his photography.

    Some things he has said.

    'An artist consumes the world and regurgitates it in a variety of ways. Sometimes these regurgitations are inscrutable, sometimes decipherable. Sometimes they can touch your soul and take on longevity because of their specialness, mostly they are uninspirational and wither away. Artists who do not take risks are not really artists, a true artist is prepared to risk failure and opprobrium' 

    'Documentary photography increasingly leaves me cold. So much of it does not document anything as well as it could. Mostly its about indulgent photographic careerism. The subject ( usually carefully chosen for its degree of sexiness ) increasingly comes a poor second to the photographer and his ego.' 

    "You can analyse a glass of water and you're left with a lot of chemical components but nothing you can drink' (Haldane)".   Over theorisation can prevent many people from making images as they get confused and creatively constipated, especially those who have undertaken formal art education. I used to have that problem but eventually recovered from my educational experience and realised that aesthetic theoretical over-analysis was crippling my ability to produce images. Now I am liberated and simply follow my creative instincts leaving tedious analytic posturing for others.'  

    'So much of current photography is about capturing 'the big shot', 'the knockout', 'the epic'. Overworked in digital editing, skies becomes over dramatic, colour saturation over applied, shadows impossibly open, aerial perspective flattened. I want to see the quiet corners of housing estates, the inside of a dusty cupboard, the anonymous quiet moments photographers ignore, the minutae, the ordinary, the flat, the grey. What one is gets today is an airbrushed lush hyper-real sterile souless concoction. This is the photograph in the digital age.'