What does it mean to be a subscriber to Scotland's online tourist guide?
As a subscriber to Scotland's online tourist guide you will have the
satisfaction that comes with supporting a crucial cog in Scotland's
tourism machinery. Sure, you'll be mentioned on our Subscriber page, but
ultimately you will be a subscriber because you wish to support
Scotland, its tourist industry, and our role in that. In many ways we
are really seeking sponsors, and subscription is perhaps an older word
with a similar meaning. In Victorian times authors who might not
otherwise have been able to afford to publish their book
went down this same subscription road. The subscribers would give money, and in return they
would be listed in the book. That's the basis of what I'm offering here,
although in this case it's a website, not a paper book.
Why does Scotland's online tourist guide need subscribers?
At present, Scotland's online tourist guide is a spare-time activity
undertaken as a hobby by the founder Edward Burns. In the absence of
proper funding, it is impossible for Scotland's online tourist guide to
reach many parts of the country, and as a result parts of Scotland do
not at present feature in this website.
There are many tourist organisations. What is so special about
Scotland's online tourist guide?
Scotland's online tourist guide bridges the gap between hype and
reality. We've all been there: read the tourist bumf, thought something
looked worth a visit, and got there to find a big disappointment. Our
role is not to be critical of Scotland and what it has to offer. Our
role is to give it as it is, to paint a real picture of what visitors
can expect. It's no good planning a visit to a castle, for
example, only to find it's a castle in ruins, the buses are every four
hours, there is no cafe or inn, and the only toilet you will find is
behind a bush.
Does Scotland's online tourist guide get many online visits?
We currently (August 2013 cpanel statistics) see almost 6,000 visits to
our website each month. This equates to roughly 60,000 visits annually.
The number of visitors to the website is constantly growing year on
How much does it cost to subscribe to Scotland's online tourist guide?
Minimum subscription, whether corporate or personal, is £1,000 per
annum. The amount you subscribe each year may be any figure above this
amount. The actual amount is entirely up to you.
How can I subscribe?
Contact me, Edward Burns, at,
giving an indication of how much
you would like to subscribe.