Scotland Starts Here

Helping a destination tourism initiative become one of Lonely Planet’s top destinations


With the newly re-instated Borders Railway reconnecting the rural south of Scotland to Edinburgh, the Midlothian and Scottish Borders Tourism Action Group (MBTAG) saw a renewed opportunity to realise the area’s full potential as a tourism destination.

MBTAG’s aims were to grow the area’s visitor economy, improve its discovery by both UK and international markets, and showcase its rich history and heritage.

To achieve their goals, the MBTAG team wanted to create a suite of digital products that helped visitors to plan their trips, encouraged them to head off the beaten track and inspired them with the wonders of the Scottish borders.


Building on MBTAG’s vision, and realising the potential growth of Scotland’s south, we worked to create products that would not only support tourists while in-location but also promote the destinations' businesses, routes and events to the wider market.

In addition to an app, we created a comprehensive and responsive website, equipped with every resource a tourist could want. Features include:

Extensive natural wonder, scenic views and heritage site listings
Full business listings
Interactive 3D maps with points of interests
Driving, cycling, walking and rail routes
Full route profiles including visualisation, GPX, elevation and surface type
Audio content
Blog and social media integration
Event listings

Finally, with flexibility and ease of content editing being a key element to the project, both the app and website are powered by our content management platform, My Whereverly. This allows the team full control over the content in an easy-to-use setting, giving them the ability to adapt the digital products to suit their ever-growing list of successful campaigns.

How it works:

Business members complete listings through an automated workflow
Local groups manage heritage listings through automated processes
National bodies manage nature and heritage assets within the system
Driving, cycling, walking and rail routes are created within the system
Audio and video are uploaded
Destination business analytics are available


MBTAG’s initiative to increase the visitor economy was one of great success and in December 2022 the South of Scotland was voted as one of Lonely Planet’s best destinations to visit in 2023. The DMO itself has also since grown to include the new Scotland Starts Here (SSH) brand, alongside an expansion in the DMO itself, now named the South of Scotland Destination Alliance (SSDA).

Never one to fall behind, Whereverly’s app and website have kept up with this rapid growth, with our content management platform facilitating seamless updates to the expanding list of businesses, routes and events featured in the area.

The Scotland Starts Here website has acted as a vital platform for the SSDA to introduce new plans, campaigns and initiatives to the world, with over 1.2 million page views to date, 3,000 points of interest, 200 walking, cycling and driving routes and 150 songs and stories for users to listen to.

With a pocket guide and a website to match, exploring the Scottish borders has never been easier.

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Helping a destination tourism initiative become a regional powerhouse

Points of Interest
Walking, Cycling and Driving Routes
Songs and Stories
Highly Recommend

The creators of this App have really done their homework. I live in the south of Scotland, so I had a look around the App to see what it told me about my local area. I was very impressed. Sure, it doesn’t include everything, but if I was a visitor coming to the area, it really would be worthwhile having. I’m looking forward to using it in parts of the south which are less familiar to me. Easy 5 stars.

Awesome App

What a great tool to explore Scottish Borders- love how it brings the destination alive, will definitely be sharing this app to all our friends and family and to people coming to visit- well done!

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