New Scotland Starts Here app launched

Lady holding a smartphone showing an app

Published: Friday, 05th April 2019

With the Easter holidays upon us, visitors to Midlothian and the Scottish Borders can explore new tours, listen to myths, legends and songs about the area and find places of interest nearby

Midlothian and Borders Tourism Action Group (MBTAG) has devised the app – Scotland Starts Here – to encourage people to stay even longer in this stunning part of the country.

Download the app

Scotland Starts Here is available to download from

Jemma Reid, MBTAG Project Manager

“The new app is free to use and easy to download. It has everything from interactive routes, maps, itineraries of what do depending on your mode of transport and interests. It even has some fantastic audio telling stories through the areas many myths, legends and songs.

“We’ve developed it with key partners including local tourism businesses, Midlothian Tourism Forum, Scottish Borders Tourism Partnership, VisitScotland, ScotRail and the local councils to encourage people to stay and explore the area rather than just pass through.”

"Midlothian and the Scottish Borders, which boast historic towns, castles, rivers and some of the best green spaces in Scotland, should be a “destination of choice”. Whether you are walking, cycling, driving, on a horse or even in an electric car, our app can help you choose great places to eat, visit and explore.”

“It’s a great tool for local businesses to promote themselves as it really is a ‘one stop digital shop’ for anyone who is visiting the area to shape and plan their stay,”

Councillor Mark Rowley, Executive Member for Business and Economic Development

“The new MBTAG Scotland Starts Here app is one of a number of exciting projects being taken forward this year to promote the Scottish Borders as a destination to stay in and explore.

“These include VisitScotland’s See South Scotland campaign, the opening of Jim Clark Museum and investments in key Scottish Borders events such as Melrose Sevens and Borders Book Festival.

“I would encourage visitors as well as local people to try out the app to find out more about our wonderful corner of Scotland.”

More about MBTAG

Images are available on our Flickr page.

MBTAG brings together the wide range of businesses that make up Midlothian & Scottish Borders tourism sector, including transport and accommodation providers, attractions, venues, theatres, shops, bars, restaurants, conferences, events and festivals. Its role is to create new products and experiences.