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VISITORS to the Scottish Borders are being urged to delve into the rich history and local legends of the region, as part of this year’s Themed Year celebrations.

The Year of Stories 2022 aims to spotlight, celebrate and promote the wealth of stories inspired by, written, or created in Scotland.

And VisitScotland staff at Jedburgh iCentre are encouraging visitors to unearth some of the best-known secrets, myths and legends associated with the local area.

Visitor Services Advisor Chris Macdougall

Chris, who is one of five visitor services advisors based in Jedburgh, enjoys regaling the story of Lord William de Soules who lived and died at the foreboding Hermitage Castle in the Liddesdale Valley during the reign of Robert the Bruce and whose ghost is said to haunt its ruins. 

Thomas the Rhymer is another local character with links to several locations across the Scottish Borders. The poet and reputed prophet, who was said to have connections to the fairy world, inspired local authors including Sir Walter Scott and James Hogg. There are many locations associated with Thomas the Rhymer across the Scottish Borders, including Rhymers’ Tower in Earlston and the Rhymers Stone near the Eildon Hills. 

An important part of the iCentre’s role is helping visitors to enjoy the area responsibly, by linking visitors with local tourism businesses and sharing information on some of the hidden gems that can be enjoyed.

Chris said“We would encourage locals and visitors alike to pop in to our iCentre at Murray’s Green for suggestions on some of the fantastic things to see and do across the Scottish Borders.“Between us we have more than 30 years’ experience welcoming visitors. We love nothing more than regaling our visitors with a tale or two about some of the many interesting and unique stories in the region. It is often the more quirky and unusual details about local attractions and stories that visitors remember.“We’re also always keen to hear from local businesses and community groups about how we can work together to promote new businesses, products and destinations to our visitors. Our iCentre is an important part of the town and we are keen to work with other tourism businesses locally to ensure that returning visitors receive a warm welcome and get to see the best sites and attractions the region has to offer.”

The delivery of an exciting programme of special events is an important part of the Year of Stories. There are more than 100 events taking place across the country as part of the Year of Stories events programme. Look out for events taking place as part of https://bordersbookfestival.org/“>Borders Book Festival in Melrose from 16 – 19 June, Of Scotland’s Soils and Soul at Dawyck Botanic Garden in late June and https://www.visitscotland.com/info/events/a-yarn-worth-spinning-p2623551?prodtypes=even&loc=Scotland&locplace=&locprox=0&isostartdate=&isoenddate=&refine-date=on&name=yarn+worth+spinning”>A Yarn Worth Spinningmultimedia exhibitionat the Great Tapestry of Scotland, Galashiels from 14 May to 12 June.. 

VisitScotland’s iCentre network can offer a platform for tourism businesses to connect directly with visitors. They can also host supplier events and offer a range of ticketing services, sales of local artisan products, as well as onward booking advice for visitors across Scotland. 

For more information on VisitScotland iCentres, visit:  https://www.visitscotland.com/about/practical-information/vic/ 

For more information on Scotland’s Year of Stories, visit: https://www.visitscotland.com/about/themed-years/stories/ 

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VisitScotland iCentre staff celebrate local stories and tall tales

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