To the Mooooon and back

To the Mooooon and back

VisitScotland announces world's first Highland Coosmonaut to celebrate its 50th year!

The world’s first-ever Highland Coosmonaut is set to be launched into ‘near space’ as part of a new tourism campaign announced by VisitScotland, to celebrate Scotland’s connection to the first Moonwalk.

Primary school-aged children across Inverclyde are being invited by the national tourism organisation to name the heroic cuddly toy Highland coo (Scots word for cow) which will be sent almost 40,000 metres into the stratosphere wearing a Clan Armstrong tartan spacesuit.

The Scotland is Out of this World campaign will mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission and US astronaut Neil Armstrong’s historic walk on the lunar surface as well as the 50th anniversary of VisitScotland.

Ohio-born Neil Armstrong was said to be proud of his Scottish heritage. The ancestral home of Clan Armstrong is Langholm in Dumfries and Galloway and in 1972 he become the town’s first and only Freeman.

On accepting the honour, Armstrong told the gathered audience: “It’s said that the most difficult place to be recognised is in one’s own home town. And I consider this, now, my home town.”

Scotland is Out of this World is among a series of activities created this year to mark VisitScotland’s 50th anniversary. The Development of Tourism Act came into force in 1969 – the same year as the Moon landing – and an official Scottish Tourist Board was established with government funding.

The tourism campaign was announced at Langholm Primary School. Over the next four weeks, the public can track the Highland Coosmonaut’s training regime in a series of films on social media using the hashtag #Coosmonaut. The campaign will explore Scotland’s links to space exploration, innovation and astronomy and a visitor trail focusing on those links is also planned.

VisitScotland has teamed up with Sent Into Space to send the toy Highland cow into the sky attached to a weather balloon – with footage of its journey released in time for the Moon landing’s anniversary.

Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins formed the three-man NASA mission which set off on 16 July 1969, to land on the surface of the Moon. On 20 July 1969, Armstrong and Aldrin touched down on the lunar surface.

Malcolm Roughead, Chief Executive of VisitScotland, said: “For 50 years VisitScotland has helped position Scotland as a must-visit destination to audiences across the world but our latest campaign could be described as truly ‘out of this world’.

“The impact of tourism goes far beyond the holiday experience. It is vital to the Scottish economy, reaching every corner of the country, creating jobs, income and social change.

“The Scotland is Out of this World campaign is an opportunity to delve into the past and celebrate our country’s ancestral links to one of the greatest moments in history, as well as explore the innovations and attractions that engage with audiences fascinated with the night sky.”

Travel guide publisher, Lonely Planet, has identified dark skies as a tourism trend for 2019. VisitScotland’s Insight team has created a research paper examining the opportunities for tourism businesses in Scotland to engage with the trend.

Galloway Forest Park in Dumfries and Galloway and Tomintoul and Glenlivet in Cairngorms National Park are two of only 15 International Dark Sky Parks in Europe. It means they are some of the best places on Earth to study the sky at night. The Isle of Coll was also Europe’s first “Dark Sky Island” and Moffat, in Dumfries and Galloway, was its first “Dark Sky Town”.

The International Dark-Sky Association which certifies International Dark Sky Parks defines the term as “a land possessing an exceptional or distinguished quality of starry nights and a nocturnal environment that is specifically protected for its scientific, natural, educational, cultural heritage, and/or public enjoyment”.

The Name the Highland Coosmonaut competition will run until 23:59 on Sunday, 16 June 2019. For more on the campaign and to enter the competition, go to visitscotland.com/out-of-this-world

Last Updated: 29 May 2019 14:21

Latest Local News

Tickets for new Elfingrove dates on sale tomorrow at 12noon

Tickets for new Elfingrove dates on sale tomorrow at 12noon

Get set for 12noon tomorrow to bag tickets to the biggest Christmas spectacular in town!
Last Updated: 7th October 2019
The Spree Festival set to bring biggest line up yet to Paisley

The Spree Festival set to bring biggest line up yet to Paisley

Paisley's The Spree festival returns next week (11th - 19th October) with its biggest line-up yet!
Last Updated: 4th October 2019
Renfrewshire set for spectacular season of winter events

Renfrewshire set for spectacular season of winter events

Renfrewshire is gearing up for another bumper season of fantastic winter events with an array of free, fun-filled activities for all!
Last Updated: 4th October 2019
New Elfingrove dates added after 120,000 tickets sold in 24 hours

New Elfingrove dates added after 120,000 tickets sold in 24 hours

Following phenomenal demand, itison has announced it's adding an additional seven nights onto Elfingrove – the Christmas spectacular taking over Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum this December!
Last Updated: 3rd October 2019
Over 100,000 tickets sold for Elfingrove and counting...

Over 100,000 tickets sold for Elfingrove and counting...

Over 100,000 early bird tickets have been snapped up this morning for Elfingrove – itison's brand-new world-class Christmas event which takes over Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum this December!
Last Updated: 2nd October 2019
Elfingrove tickets released tomorrow...

Elfingrove tickets released tomorrow...

Set your alarms for 7.30am and get ready to bag tickets for the biggest Christmas spectacular in town...
Last Updated: 1st October 2019
Giffnock Primary pupil lands leading panto role

Giffnock Primary pupil lands leading panto role

Eight-year-old Sam Felderhof from Giffnock has bagged the role of Buttons in Eastwood Park Theatre's official panto this year, Cinderella!
Last Updated: 26th September 2019
itison reveal part two of the Elfingrove journey...

itison reveal part two of the Elfingrove journey...

itison have revealed the next part of the Elfingrove journey with a UK first... a winter wonderland complete with Silent Snow Disco!
Last Updated: 25th September 2019
Guide Dogs Appeal 2019

Guide Dogs Appeal 2019

Imagine what a difference an hour of your time could make...
Last Updated: 25th September 2019
BBC Scotland Debate Night wants YOU to be part of the audience.

BBC Scotland Debate Night wants YOU to be part of the audience.

BBC Scotland's Debate Night is looking for members of the public from all walks of life and all backgrounds to be part of the programme, hosted by Stephen Jardine.
Last Updated: 23rd September 2019
itison reveal part one of the Elfingrove journey...

itison reveal part one of the Elfingrove journey...

Described as Night at the Museum meets GlasGLOW at Christmas, Elfingrove invites you to discover one of Glasgow's best loved buildings in a whole new light!
Last Updated: 23rd September 2019
Peebles parents bowled over by new kids club

Peebles parents bowled over by new kids club

Macdonald Cardrona Hotel has launched first ever kids’ club ahead of this year’s October break!
Last Updated: 18th September 2019
Accio tickets! Dead Good October Returns for Fourth Year

Accio tickets! Dead Good October Returns for Fourth Year

Dead Good October, East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure's celebration of the spooky season, is returning for its fourth year!
Last Updated: 16th September 2019
New addition to Paisley Halloween Festival set to be a Thriller!

New addition to Paisley Halloween Festival set to be a Thriller!

For the first time, this year's Paisley Halloween Festival will feature a spooky silent disco where party-goers can show off their best Monster Mash and Thriller dance moves.
Last Updated: 11th September 2019
School Pupils Set for Panto Masterclass and Show

School Pupils Set for Panto Masterclass and Show

School pupils are being offered a free panto trip and unique panto masterclass with one of Scotland's highly acclaimed and accomplished musical theatre companies.
Last Updated: 10th September 2019
 National Musical Theatre Singing Competition comes to Edinburgh

National Musical Theatre Singing Competition comes to Edinburgh

The talent competition, West End Calling is coming to Edinburgh on Sunday 13th October at Out of the Blue Drill Hall and they want to see YOU!
Last Updated: 9th September 2019
Season extended for The Lion King at the Edinburgh Playhouse

Season extended for The Lion King at the Edinburgh Playhouse

Due to overwhelming demand, Edinburgh Playhouse are pleased to announce a seven week extension for Disney’s The Lion King, the only Scottish venue on the UK & Ireland tour.
Last Updated: 9th September 2019
Council approves road maintenance boost for East Renfrewshire

Council approves road maintenance boost for East Renfrewshire

East Renfrewshire Council has given the green light to an additional £3million of investment in road maintenance across the local authority area.
Last Updated: 30th August 2019
Best home bakers in Scotland set to rise to the challenge

Best home bakers in Scotland set to rise to the challenge

The Scottish Cafe & Restaurant in Edinburgh has launched a fresh search for Scotland’s finest home baker in time for the return of hit TV show, The Great British Bake Off.
Last Updated: 29th August 2019
Tynecastle Park confirmed for the 2019 SSE Scottish Womens Cup Final

Tynecastle Park confirmed for the 2019 SSE Scottish Womens Cup Final

It has been announced that the 2019 SSE Scottish Women’s Cup Final will be held at the home of Heart of Midlothian FC. Tynecastle Park on Sunday 24th November.
Last Updated: 28th August 2019
Foraging Fortnight

Foraging Fortnight

Foraging Fortnight is a celebration of Scotland's natural environment and wild food with a series of events taking place across Fife, Moray, Lanarkshire, Orkney and the Forth Valley and Lomond areas.
Last Updated: 21st August 2019
Gold Gig for 80s music fans!

Gold Gig for 80s music fans!

Eastwood Park Theatre will host a nostalgic night for fans of 80s music in Glasgow next month, featuring two of the UK’s most iconic bands from the era!
Last Updated: 18th August 2019
My Guide Volunteers for Guide Dogs Scotland

My Guide Volunteers for Guide Dogs Scotland

Guide Dogs Scotland are looking for volunteers for their My Guide Sighted Guide Service across Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire and Ayrshire.
Last Updated: 18th August 2019
Magnum Scotch Cream Liqueur nurtures growth at Dobbies Garden Centres

Magnum Scotch Cream Liqueur nurtures growth at Dobbies Garden Centres

Scotland’s leading Scotch malt whisky cream liqueur, Magnum, has its sights set on further growth after announcing a new listing with Dobbies Garden Centres.
Last Updated: 16th August 2019
The SAY Award announced the highly anticipated 2019 shortlist

The SAY Award announced the highly anticipated 2019 shortlist

The Shortlist for this year’s Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award has been officially revealed ahead of next month’s final award ceremony at the Assembly Rooms.
Last Updated: 16th August 2019
Eaglesham teacher recognised with British Empire Medal

Eaglesham teacher recognised with British Empire Medal

A teacher who overcame childhood speech struggles has been awarded the British Empire Medal for his services to raising awareness of stammering.
Last Updated: 13th August 2019
Get hands on with heritage, local history and ancestry

Get hands on with heritage, local history and ancestry

East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure has lined up a series of classes to encourage local people to get hands on with heritage, history and ancestry over the coming months.
Last Updated: 13th August 2019
The SAY Award 72 hour public vote for 2019 is now open

The SAY Award 72 hour public vote for 2019 is now open

Have your SAY and win tickets to this year’s ceremony! The SAY Award 72-hour public vote for 2019 is now open and closes at midnight on 14 August.
Last Updated: 12th August 2019
Fun, Families and Fore!

Fun, Families and Fore!

Children get in free to cheer for team Europe and USA at The 2019 Solheim Cup!
Last Updated: 10th August 2019
Half Term Staycation Savings with Macdonald Resorts UK

Half Term Staycation Savings with Macdonald Resorts UK

Book a three-night stay at one of Macdonald Resorts before the end of August to receive 15% off a half-term holiday.
Last Updated: 9th August 2019

Sponsored Links

Popular Events

Barrhead Pumpkin Patch
Pop along to Barrhead Pumpkin Patch on Saturday 26th or Sunday 27th October pick your pumpkin and join in on lots of family fun activities!
Sportykids Halloween Party
Sportykids Softplay are hosting a charity Halloween party on Wednesday 23rd October in aid of Glasgow Children's Hospital Charity!
GHA Fireworks Display
The annual GHA Fireworks display, the largest and best in the Southside, will be taking place on Tuesday 5th November 2019!
Rouken Glen Garden Centre Charity Nights
Get your Christmas shopping off to a flying start at Rouken Glen Garden Centre's annual Charity Nights!
Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham
Enjoy an intimate evening at Eastwood Park Theatre celebrating over 30 years on the road with Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham!

Advertise With Us

Advertise With Us

Looking to reach new customers? We offer a variety of advertising options with prices starting from just £30 per month!

Click here to find out more »