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Salem’s Scot

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!

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!

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Friday Photo: Walls Come Tumbling Down.

High Res

Hello Scotland loves ‘new’ things to offer our clients, but we also love it when something great gets even better. Today’s image is of Marlin’s Wynd in Edinburgh, which offers incentive guests a peek of what’s under the streets of the city.

Between its reception room and vaulted cellars, Marlin's Wynd spans centuries of Scottish history. Entered from Blair Street, the reception area is part of a typical Edinburgh Georgian tenement built in 1787, while the cellars below - part of the original Marlin's Wynd - were constructed in the 1540s. Arched doorways open onto a wide stone staircase, leading down through the centuries into the stunningly renovated stone vaults of Marlin's Wynd.

Marlin’s Wynd was always a favourite of ours for small intimate dinners, but now it’s available for dinners for up to sixty incentive guests. Following the knocking down a wall between two vaults means that larger groups can benefit from the wonderful experience at Marlin’s Wynd.

The image is brought to us by Duke Studios, thank you!

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Friday Photo: Bath Time Discovery.

Many people dream of a soak in a huge bath after a long day. That said, there can't be many bath tubs that have as an enviable view as this bathroom in Dundee. Squint through the window and you will see  RRS Discovery, the ship that carried Robert Falcon Scott and Ernest Shackleton to the Antarctic for the first ever journey.

Bath at Dundee Mal

Work is underway at the old Tay Hotel, a stunning Victorian building  looking onto the River Tay in Dundee.  The Malmaison group have brought this old lady right up to date and the top to toe refurbishment looks amazing. It's all change in Dundee as a huge waterfront development is  underway which will include the V&A Museum and the city is the only Scottish city still in the running for the UK City of Culture in 2017.

We can't wait to see the new Malmaision Dundee  which opens in a couple of weeks and think that  future incentive groups will be flocking to the city.

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Friday Photo: Show a leg and do the Haka!

Part of enjoying an incentive trip to Scotland is the fact that the men of the group are encouraged to get kilted up and to really get involved;  matching bunnets (flat caps) are optional, but preferred.


This row of strong Dutchmen from Makita Power Tools were at the stunning and historic location of Duntreath Castle with mountains, manicured gardens and a private lake as a backdrop. However, the hollering and shouts were very unusual for this part of the world..... the Haka?! That's because Hello Scotland's very own Bill Thomson specifically wrote a Haka (the  traditional Māori war cry usually seen by the New Zealand  rugby team) and this was echoing round this private estate.  Bill's creativity, musical prowess and conducting skills ensured that the 'Makita Power Tools Haka' included vigorous movements and stamping of the feet with rhythmically shouted accompaniment.....  all relating to power tools of course!

Hello Scotland's  esteemed colleagues from Performance Improvement made sure the group had an authentic and exhilarating incentive trip to Scotland. Whether this group from Makita Power Tools were ‘true’ Scotsmen or not will remain Hello Scotland’s secret, call it client confidentiality…...

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Friday Photo: Festival Fun Finishes with Fireworks Finale!

Earlier in the  week, the biggest art festival in the world came to an end with a bang! Loosely known as ‘The Festival’ by locals, this art extravaganza includes the Edinburgh International Film Festival, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, Edinburgh International Festival, Edinburgh International Book Festival and a few others. Fireworks Finale

© The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Today’s picture is brought to you from The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo and is the finale fireworks display at the end of each evening.  Things will be busy on Castlehill  at the moment with preparations for the ‘Virgin Money Fireworks Concert’, which takes place this Sunday (1st September). Set against the magnificent backdrop of Edinburgh Castle, the evening brings together the dynamic playing of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra with an incredible concert-long fireworks display, specially choreographed to the music. We can’t wait!

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Friday Photo: You only swear twice…and keep your kilt on!

It’s official. The Scottish Highland Games Association has laid down a list of ‘dos and don’ts’ for competitors in Highland games. The 15-page document aims to impose rules at Highland games across Scotland to ensure that competitors behave in an appropriate way.

Highlights include:

  • Tug o' war participants may swear only twice before being disqualified
  • Strictly forbidding the removal of kilts during a competition
  • No competitor will be permitted to dress or undress in the Games Arena
  • The practice of throwing a light caber for distance is not tossing the caber, it should be discontinued
  • Cyclists must "present a neat and tidy appearance"
  • However wrestlers "shall take hold where they please, subject to the following restrictions – the hair, flesh, ears, private parts or clothes"
Warming the chestnuts
Warming the chestnuts

The team at Hello Scotland has visions of Hector, Farquhar and Fergus up in the Highlands tutting their disapproval at naughty behaviour……but don’t worry folks, we can’t imagine our fearless leader Bill (above) taking any notice of these rules when with out with an incentive group. Can you?

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Friday Photo: Chestnuts Warming On An Open Fire!

Spring is nearly upon us (we hope) so our irrepressible leader Bill took one last chance to warm himself up naturally; well it is VisitScotland’s Year of Natural Scotland after all! The creative team at Hello Scotland have lots of ideas on how to take your next Scottish incentive trip back to nature; email us on to find out more.



Friday Photos from Scotland - Spot the Golden Post Box!

Courtesy of Royal Mail, golf post boxes have sprung up all over the UK in honor of each of the Team GB gold medals won at the Olympics and Paralympics.

Some of the Hello team spotted this one in Edinburgh - in honour of Sir Chris Hoy, the UK's best ever olympian...and he's a Scot of course!



Friday Photo from Scotland - Kilts & Sporrans

Some facts you may not know about Scottish Kilts...

  • Each kilt is made of about eight yards of material
  • An average worsted wool kilt weighs around 4.5 to 5 pounds
  • Each handmade kilt takes a total of about 15 hours solid work to complete
  • There are more than 4000 tartans
  • The most popular tartans are the Stewart tartans, Black Watch, Dress Gordon and the Flower of Scotland
  • The oldest tartan is the Falkirk tartan, which dates to around AD260 and was discovered in a jar of coins near Falkirk
  • The first, and only tartan, to date, on the Moon was the Macbean, worn by Alan Bean on Apollo 12 in November, 1969

 (With thanks to The Kilter for their kilt facts!)