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Aero Space Kinross

Aero Space Kinross is the operating arm of Aero Space Scientific Educational Trust, a not-for-profit social enterprise Community Benefit Society with charitable status. Our ambition is to create a uniquely themed family oriented visitor attraction / science centre based in Kinross-shire devoted to aviation, astronomy and space exploration.


At its heart, Aero Space Kinross is underpinned by the desire to encourage STEM-led opportunities, stimulating excitement and participation in career and leisure opportunities in the multi-faceted aviation, astronomy and space exploration sectors: all whilst encouraging future generations to enter these high value industries via the many educational and training establishments that Scotland has to offer.


We currently own and operate ‘Cosmos Planetarium’, a mobile facility to promote the study of astronomy and ‘all things space’.  Our planetarium team visits schools, youth organisations, science festivals, museums, shopping centres and many other public venues as well as being regularly used by disadvantaged members of society. Our STEM outreach activity through Cosmos Planetarium stretches across Scotland from the Borders to the Shetland Isles and across to the Hebrides. In addition to inspiring the young, we run Dark Sky events for enthusiasts and organise respite breaks for carers. more
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Aurora Spirit Distillery

Situated in Arctic Norway is Aurora Spirit Distillery, the Worlds Northernmost Distillery. Founded in 2016 the distillery produces award winning spirits and has recently launched a range of exclusive whiskies. Not only a distillery but an attraction too. The distillery has 11 cabins, conference facilities, and can organise snowmobile safaris, dog sledding, snowshoeing, northern lights photography adventures and much more. Already they have won The International Drinks Tourism Challenge 2019 Best Visitor Centre and The Drinks Business Award for Best Customer Experience. Being in such a remote location the distillery is aiming to be self sufficient but also very environmentally conscious.

Many ASVA members will know Colin Houston, one of the co-founders of the distillery, who worked for VisitScotland, for 25 years, as Quality and Development Manager. He has recently been involved in new quality schemes for the Norwegian government and Tourism NI, concentrating on ‘experience quality’ which includes greater emphasis on guiding, communication of risk, storytelling, nature, environment and emotional tourism. more
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Destination Tweed

Destination Tweed is an ambitious five-year project built around the idea of the River Tweed Trail, a new long-distance source to sea path which roughly follows the River Tweed from its source high on the hills above Moffat, to where it flows into the North Sea at Berwick-upon-Tweed.

The project comprises a collection of thirteen projects that will deliver benefit for the environment, community and economy. Whether walked or cycled in short segments or as a long distance challenge, the River Tweed Trail will offer a 115 mile spectacular, memorable and meaningful journey, connecting communities, wildlife, attractions and stories. Our natural heritage conservation projects include woodland and pollinator habitat creation, river restoration, the control of invasive non-native species and the restoration of designed landscapes. We will also construct bunkhouse accommodation and deliver an ambitious education, community and archaeology project, as well as a varied cultural programme.

Destination Tweed will make the River Tweed and surrounding area a tourist destination of choice attracting a year-round and growing audience. It will connect the Scottish Borders, Northumberland and Dumfries and Galloway in creating a strong brand and identity. It will reinvigorate local economies, help satisfy the increased demand for outdoor recreation and be an exemplar for responsible, low carbon tourism. more
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Inverness Castle – Spirit of the Highlands Project

Spirit of the Highlands is a project that will create a must-see visitor attraction in Inverness, celebrating the Spirit of the Highlands, past, present and future. The creativity, well-being, culture, heritage, natural environment and language of this unique part of Scotland will all form part of the story told. The attraction will bring new and returning visitors to the area and inspire people to visit all part of the Highlands.

Spirit of the Highlands will see transformation of Inverness Castle buildings to become a gateway for Highland tourism, supporting economic growth throughout the Highland area and extending the benefits beyond the castle walls. It aims to raise awareness of the Highlands internationally, extend visitor stay and increase visitor spend in the area, whilst also providing opportunity to link historic, cultural and natural attractions across the Highland's to everyone's benefit. more
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Paisley Arts Centre

Situated in the heart of Paisley and housed in the Old Laigh Kirk, Paisley Arts Centre has long been established as one of Scotland’s most vibrant and exciting venues for comedy, dance, drama, music, theatre, and family events.

Paisley Arts Centre is currently closed and undergoing an amazing transformation designed to enhance accessibility, comfort, and facilities. This is part of Renfrewshire Council's ongoing investment into Paisley town centre cultural venues. more
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Paisley Museum

Paisley Museum Re-Imagined. We are currently working on a major refurbishment of Paisley Museum and Coats Observatory as part of a 4 year long £42m transformation of the venue. The refurbishment of Paisley Museum is the flagship project in a £100 million investment in Paisley Town centre over the next few years. You can read more about the project on the new Paisley Museum Reimagined website.

The museum is being redesigned by award-winning architects  AL_A, who are behind some of the world's most striking buildings.

The firm’s founder Amanda Levete – a former winner of UK architecture’s top honour, the RIBA Stirling Prize – says the Paisley Museum project is ‘one of the most radical briefs she has read’.

It will be the first Scottish commission for the London-based practice, who have designed landmark projects including the Victoria & Albert Museum Exhibition Road Quarter – for which they won the prestigious RIBA London Building of the Year 2018.

The new-look museum will showcase its outstanding art, science and natural history collections, along with telling the story of the Paisley pattern, the town’s famous weavers and being at the centre of the global thread-making industry.

The revamped museum is expected to attract 125,000 visits a year – almost four times current numbers – when it reopens in 2022. And it’s estimated that it will create huge amounts of visitors to Paisley town centre, as well as a £72m economic boost over 30 years.

The redevelopment will include a contemporary addition to the existing Victorian-era building, major revamps to all four museum buildings including  Coats Observatory, and a complete internal redesign reimagining the visitor experience and doubling the number of objects on display. more
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Royal High School Preservation Trust/National Centre for Music

The Royal High School on Calton Hill became part of Edinburgh’s landscape in 1829. Designed by Thomas Hamilton, it stood proudly as a physical link between the city’s Old Town and New Town. Today it is both an exceptional example of the neo-classical architecture for which Edinburgh is famous and a testament to the importance that Scotland has long placed on access to excellence in education. Sustaining its historic significance as a symbol of Scotland’s commitment to recognising and supporting the talents of its people, regardless of wealth or privilege is as important as respecting the building’s architectural quality.

The Royal High School Preservation Trust was established to protect and preserve the building and to deliver a public use for it. Our overall architectural objective is to allow Hamilton’s building and its setting against Calton Hill to be seen as originally intended. At the same time, with the desire to leave a new cultural legacy equal to and as long-lasting as the city’s fathers’ original purpose 250 years ago, we plan to repurpose this magnificent building as a National Centre for Music. more
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