Visitor numbers have soared by thousands for a volunteer-led website promoting
There are on average 25,000 unique views on the website www.linlithgow.com every month, which is run by tourism group Pride and Passion Linlithgow.
Tourism webcams at Linlithgow Cross and at the canal basin attract over 4000 views every month worldwide, and there have been over 2100 downloads of the Linlithgow App, an up to the minute source of information for Linlithgow. The ‘Linlithgow – A Great Visit!’ Facebook page has nearly 1000 friends who are also very active in sharing tourism based posts.
These ventures are all co-ordinated by Pride and Passion Linlithgow, set up six years ago, and run locally by volunteers.
Vice-chairman Ronnie Bamberry said: “Our aim is to help develop a tourism culture in Linlithgow.We work with others, including Linlithgow Civic Trust, Linlithgow Heritage Trust, Kingsfield Leisure, Linlithgow Union Canal Society (LUCS), Historic Scotland, West Lothian Council and VisitWestLothian, and link with their websites to promote the town, its organisations and its businesses.
“Our inclusive approach means that we will include every Linlithgow organisation and business in all our promotional materials. The aim of our projects is to inform, help and encourage visitors and locals.”
Pride and Passion has produced the free Linlithgow Heritage Trail and Visitor Guide leaflet, and launched the Linlithgow App, available on iPhones and Androids, which has been very successful in its first year.
Ronnie added: “Linlithgow Web is managed by local people. We care about our town and want everyone to get the most out of it.”
Pride and Passion Linlithgow also relies on donations and sponsorship for funding.