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Scotlands Digital Visitors Guide
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Scotlands Activities
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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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    MARIA ELENA FERRAN 

    Maria Elena Ferran, a visual artist and writer, is considered one of New York’s early 80's artists; studying painting, photography and design at Sweet Briar College and New York's School of Visual Arts where she entered the New York art scene on the heels of Keith Haring’s pop graffiti style and Jean-Michel Basquiat's brute neo-expressionist /primitive graffiti movement. 
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