School Girls Tell BLiSS Stories on LETi's Geotourist Smartphone Audio Tour
BLiSS trail has won three awards for working together and innovation, including the coveted Scottish National Thistle Award.
Building a reputation as a forward thinking and collaborative holiday destination group, LETi's latest partnership is with Geotourist, a GPS based travel app enabler for audio tours on smartphones.
McLaren high school pupil Abby Todd tells the story of the Miniature Mill house in her home village Strathyre. Lochearnhead based Ruby Douglas who goes to Strathyre primary school, tells the story of Thistle The Heilan Coo at the Broch Cafe, encouraged by her mum Sarah and by the promise of a Mentos sweetie for completing the task!
Year of Young People 2018 represents young talent under the age of 26. LETi also recorded the voice of 22 year old art degree student Shayna McLean from Perth College UHI for The Three Sisters sculpture on Loch Earn as well as stories from two young architects.
The community is represented by Andrea Hudspeth of Aquila Ecology,, Alan Sneddon of Hidden Glen Safaris, Graeme Courtney of Kingshouse Travel, , Gus Cameron of Lochside Cottages Lochearnhead,, Emma Richards of Strathyre Village Shop and Post Office, , Sheridan Adams of Airlie House BandB and ice cram parlour, b and, me (Kim Proven) of Briar Cottages. Also "The Villagers" design talent - Gill Waugh.
Other partners include artists Kev Paxton, June McEwen and Lynne Schroder. Also, Cosmo Blake and Laura White on behalf of Sustrans Scotland Cycle Charity and Charlie Croft, - Tourism Advisor at Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park.
VisitScotland hopes that the Geotourist global audio tour will encourage even more visitors to explore and spend time in the region by following the innovative trail in the heart of Rob Roy Country.
Kim Proven, Chair of the Loch Earn Tourist Information Group said: "Loch Earn Tourism Information (LETi) businesses and communities are incredibly proud of their regional and national Scottish Thistle Awards for BLiSS trail innovation and working together. Our latest collaboration with Geotourist has been fun in the making and it enhances the BLiSS trail story further. The new audio tour helps LETi to improve its BLiSS trail attraction, plot the trail's naturally beautiful location on the world map and talk to global audiences via mobile app and GPS technology. Geotourist - an innovative audio guide enabler - has given us the opportunity to collaborate with sculptors, students, business members and other partners who have recorded unique stories surrounding the art installations.
Listen to a range of speakers including pupils and students aged 7 to 26 who volunteered to contribute in celebration of this tourism Year of Young People 2018. We look forward to welcoming more visitors to see our award winning innovative art trail and now to hear a variety of fascinating BLiSS trail stories too."
Shaon Talukder, CEO at Geotourist said: “"The celebrated BLiSS trail tour is an important addition to the Geotourist map. The Geotourist BLiSS trail tour underpins the opportunities that exist when communities with a common goal come together - and as this is how the BLiSS trail came into being, we're delighted to see the trail tour extend across the Loch Earn region and Rob Roy Country, taking in the communities of Balquhidder, Lochearnhead, St. Fillans and Strathyre.
“Driven by the inimitable Kim Proven, Kim intuitively understands how individuals and small businesses can work together to create something where there was nothing. A true gift from the community that brings smiles to locals and visitors alike. In this case, the BLiSS trail and physically draws visitors through the region ensuring that they can access all the sculpture and public art as a whole piece, while the Geotourist trail tour means that people can digitally immerse themselves in the tour, whether they are right in front of any of the pieces or on the other side of the world and listen to the stories in many cases shared by the artists themselves or local community members involved in the project. We are delighted that BLiSS won the Thistle and truly enjoy working with Kim, as we do with all the regional Thistle winners. Making great things happen is worthwhile and always easier through collaboration and we are proud to share all of their stories."
Neil Christison Regional Director at VisitScotland, said: “The BLiSS trail is a fantastic asset to tourism in the area and we hope this complimentary audio trail will inspire visitors to enjoy the fun and exciting installations along the trail as well as explore the surrounding area.
To follow and hear the BLiSS trail tour on your smartphone download https://itunes.apple.com/ua/app/geotourist/id948290494 for Apple and https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mlsdev.geotourist for Android then open the BLiSS trail tour. Each recording lasts from 1 to 3 minutes. To listen from a computer go to https://geotourist.com/tours/2040.
Try the free app on your local BLiSS trail installations and hear what guest speakers like Abby and Ruby have to say. Please share this information with friends and family around the world.