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New website seeks to showcase Scottish tourism jewels

By Alan Beresford

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A MORAY web developer has turned his talents to showcasing what Scotland has to offer visitors.

Chris Thornton has launched travel blog Live Breathe Scotland. Picture: Colourjam.com
Chris Thornton has launched travel blog Live Breathe Scotland. Picture: Colourjam.com

Chris Thornton, who lives in Arradoul, has unveiled his travel blog Live Breath Scotland through which he aims to shine the spotlight on "one of the world's premiere destinations".

Despite being in its infancy, the blog is already highlighting a diverse list of Scottish attractions, ranging from the Bow Fiddle Rock in Portknockie to the likes of Moray Castles and the internationally renown Speyfest, to name but a few.

It was a case of one door closing and another opening for Mr Thornton, who has run his web development company Colourjam since 2004.

"I used to run a website called Highland Ultimate Bands List for the local music scene," he said.

"During the lifetime of the website, we released a successful CD of about 20 local acts from Fort William to Moray.

"I really enjoyed running HUBL, but due to my own band separating and other commitments I decided to close this website down.

"I had always fancied starting something new but couldn't think of what I could make a website about. Looking through my photo collection I realised I had many images of around Scotland and thought why not write about Scotland and put my photos to good use.

"I have also teamed up with other local photographers to use their images. The website will cover all topics on Scotland, where to stay, what to visit, based mostly on personal experience, bundled with some good photography."

The website already has a wide range of articles which is continually expanding as time goes on. Mr Thornton said this content would be added to each week as he seeks to grow the website's userbase and traffic.

He continued: "I would welcome anyone interested in guest writing for the website or looking for link exchanges.

"I would love for the website to become a large resource used by locals and tourists looking to see more places in Scotland for their own travels. I hope to do the North Coast 500 trip after lockdown to provide more content for the website as I haven't been further North than Golspie myself!"

Mr Thornton added that contributors to the blog were not paid for their services.

Live BreatheScotland can be accessed at https://www.livebreathescotland.com/

Enquiries regarding the blog should be emailed to Mr Thornton at info@livebreathescotland.com

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