Orkney features in a new online guide, by VisitScotland which focuses on the themes of mind, body and spirit. The guide aims to inspire visitors to consider ways in which they can enhance and maintain their personal happiness and welfare.
The spirit of Scotland is a magical one and there is something spiritual about walking amidst ancient stone circles, standing stones
Malcolm Roughead, VisitScotland Chief Executive, said:
“With research showing a third of people in Great Britain saying their main reason for taking a UK holiday or short break is to ‘switch off’ from everyday life, it is clear mental and physical health is becoming an increasingly important part of our holiday experience.
“Whether its wellness through spirituality, creativity or embracing the Great Outdoors, our handy new online itinerary is packed full of fantastic suggestions, ideas and relaxing options that visitors can enjoy while improving their health and wellbeing.
“Scotland’s abundant natural assets lend themselves well to the growing wellness tourism trend and there is a real opportunity for the country to position itself as a top destination for these types of experiences.”
When asked to pick their top 3 reasons for going on holiday or a short break in the UK, a third (33%) of people in Great Britain that had been on holiday in the UK in the last 2 years said they did this to ‘switch off from everyday life’. This was higher if they have children in the household (39%)
Tourism Secretary, in the Scottish Government Fiona Hyslop said:
“ Visitors come to Scotland for many reasons, but the opportunity to enjoy our scenery and landscape is consistently top of the list – people feel better for simply experiencing our country’s natural beauty.
“For those looking to get away from the everyday stresses of modern life, Scotland offers a variety of locations and attractions to support and improve visitors’ overall wellbeing. This online guide showcases the many choices for visitors, allowing them to return time and time again.”