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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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Braemar Castle

Braemar Castle has been a distinctive feature of the landscape for almost 400 years and a witness to dramatic events throughout its history. Since 2007, it has thrived as a visitor attraction under the capable management of the local community.

Now, as the Castle shows signs of its age, the community is delivering a new £1.6m vision to conserve the Castle, re-develop its grounds and take it out into the community through to an ambitious and far-reaching programme for learning and engagement.

Their fundraising campaign is already well-advanced. With support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and other statutory funders, the foundations are in place. Gifts from other generous donors, locally and nationwide, have ensured that our campaign for £600,000 from individuals, trusts and companies is well underway. With the project starting in autumn 2021 and running to 2023, find out more about how Braemar Castle is 'Raising the Standard' and how you can support the project here. 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 Museum & Art Gallery

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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Viking Living Village

Kyle & Lochalsh Community Trust's new Viking 'living museum' will open fully to the public in April 2024. It will be named Ótrgard and will be sited within an area of common land known as The Plock on the outskirts of Kyle of Lochalsh – overlooking Skye Bridge. Ótrgard will promote a better understanding of the history and heritage of Viking life and settlement in Lochalsh, on Skye and the Western Isles and along the west coast of Scotland. It will attract visitors to Kyle, creating rich and rewarding cultural experiences for the widest possible range of audiences. The attraction will comprise an assortment of traditional Viking structures and work areas, interpreted for the amusement and edification of visitors and special-interest groups. Ótrgard will operate in tandem with a new community hub building and visitor centre on The Plock, where there will be a range of interpretive exhibitions, special events and other seasonal programming, participatory activities and learning opportunities, together with retail and catering facilities. more
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