World's First UNESCO Trail: Scotland has merged 13 UNESCO sites into one track

Scotland became the first country in the world to merge 13 UNESCO sites into one track, giving us the world’s first UNESCO track. Scotland's UNESCO trail connects 13 UNESCO ...

Scotland has become the first country in the world to merge 13 UNESCO sites into one track, which gave us the world's first UNESCO track.

The Scottish UNESCO Trail connects 13 UNESCO landmarks in the country, including World Heritage sites, biospheres, global geoparks and creative cities, all with the aim of presenting visitors with a cultural journey across the country combining a special experience: from history to science, music, design and literature to nature and urban landscapes.

Scotland is the first nation in the world to create such a pioneering initiative.

The UNESCO Trail is designed to support Scotland’s ambitions to become the world’s leading responsible tourism destination, Scotland’s UNESCO Trail encourages visitors to stay longer, visit Scotland year-round, make sustainable travel decisions, and in turn contribute to the sustainable quality of life of those surrounding communities. Otherwise, the trail celebrates companies and communities committed to responsible tourism business and promotes sustainable travel options.

"Scotland has always been a pioneering nation and I am glad to see that we are leading the way with the world’s first UNESCO digital route. Tourism is key to the Scottish economy and as we begin to recover from the pandemic, this collaboration between the Scottish Government, VisitScotland, NatureScot and UNESCO may not be at the right time. Backed by £ 360.000 funding from the Scottish Government, the UNESCO Trail will help attract and re-welcome domestic and international visitors, showcasing the unique Scottish cultural heritage and many UNESCO sites.. ” he pointed out Ivan McKee, Scottish Minister for Tourism.

There is no similar trip as the Scottish UNESCO Trail, which aims to encourage visitors to experience a once-in-a-lifetime experience across the country, he said. Rob dickson, director of Visit Scotland and added: “The innovative trail not only shows the breadth of the culturally stunning UNESCO labels we have across Scotland, but also the exceptional visitor experiences that this trail creates. VisitScotland is focused on industry recovery, destination building and visitor experiences that allow tourism and events to flourish now and in the future. We will continue to work with and support businesses to ensure the recovery of this vital part of the Scottish economy. Tourism is a force for economic and social value in every corner of Scotland and improves the well-being of everyone who experiences it"

Across Scotland, these UNESCO labels are linked to local partners and communities that protect and promote their outstanding creativity, cultural heritage and natural environment. By participating in the Trail, visitors from all over the world will support the communities that maintain these precious places.

The full list of labels included in the UNESCO Trail of Scotland are: Galloway & Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere, Wester Ross UNESCO Biosphere, Dundee UNESCO City of Design, Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature, Glasgow UNESCO City of Music, Shetland UNESCO Global Geopark, North West Highlands UNESCO Global Geopark, the Forth Bridge UNESCO World Heritage Site, Frontiers of the Roman Empire: Antonine Wall UNESCO World Heritage Site, New Lanark UNESCO World Heritage Site, Heart of Neolithic Orkney UNESCO World Heritage Site, Old and New Towns of Edinburgh UNESCO World Heritage Site, St Kilda World Heritage Site. 

The trails are conceived through multiple packages, one or 2-3 days, family trips, packages from 4 to 8 days on the trail to 40 days as needed to go the entire trail.

Find out more about the first UNESCO trail HERE

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