Northern Isles in ‘tweet-up’ spotlight

Friday 24th May 2019

NorthLink Ferries is to co-host a virtual gathering of travel and tourism enthusiasts later this month. The ScotlandHour Twitter chat in May is to focus on the waters of Scotland, and the social media team at NorthLink Ferries will be helping to curate the discussion, along with Scottish Canals.

The online event will take place on Wednesday 29 May 2019 from 9-10pm and it is hoped that people from Orkney and Shetland will join in to celebrate the best that the Northern Isles has to offer.

Anyone with a Twitter account is welcome to participate. All that is required is to follow #Scotlandhour and include the hashtag in their own tweets so they can be seen by everyone else. Typically hundreds join in, resulting in thousands of tweets during the hour and leading to #Scotlandhour ‘trending’ on Twitter.

Victoria Dixon, Social Media Officer at Serco NorthLink Ferries said: “Scotlandhour is a great forum for sharing the best that the country has to offer visitors from home or abroad. So we’re really excited about co-hosting the next gathering on the waters of Scotland and showing everyone what the Northern Isles are all about. We also hope that residents and fans of Orkney and Shetland will get involved to celebrate the unique experiences that the islands are so famous for.”

ScotlandHour is a regular Twitter discussion that takes places on the last Wednesday of the month from 9pm – 10pm. It was founded in 2011 by travel writer and entrepreneur Dougie Baird (@bairdtravels) as a fun way to tell fellow travellers all about Scotland. It has now grown to become a place where travellers and industry insiders connect to share what they love about Scotland. For many tourists it can be a first step in planning their visit.

For more information and to see the online archive of previous chats visit The waters of Scotland discussion will be posted there afterwards too. The questions for the conversation are already online here:

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