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

Slime FSTVL returns!

Slime FSTVL returns!

Scotland's slimiest festival is returning to M&D's Scotland's Theme Park this August giving enth-ooze-siasts aged 5 to 12 years old another chance to get messy this year!
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
Blantyre band in regional finals of Sound of Summer music competition

Blantyre band in regional finals of Sound of Summer music competition

Blantyre’s The Naked Feedback set to battle it out at O’Neill’s Merchant Square, as they compete for the chance to be the opening act for “Jack Daniel’s Presents: Biffy Clyro”.
Last Updated: 14th 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
Free movies and popcorn!

Free movies and popcorn!

Film lovers of all ages are being offered free movies and popcorn at M&D's starting this Saturday!
Last Updated: 9th August 2019
The greatest female golfers in the world are heading to Scotland!

The greatest female golfers in the world are heading to Scotland!

The Women's Football World Cup proved to be the highlight in a summer of sport, now it's the turn of female golfers to step into the spotlight as the biggest show in women's golf arrives in Scotland!
Last Updated: 7th August 2019
Scottish Country Double Act come to East Kilbride

Scottish Country Double Act come to East Kilbride

East Kilbride is to play host to a night of unprecedented live music as two of Scotland's prominent country music bands share the stage.
Last Updated: 2nd August 2019
Homebuilder helps youngster fulfil World Karate Championships dream

Homebuilder helps youngster fulfil World Karate Championships dream

Stewart Milne Homes is backing North Lanarkshire athlete, Rhys Hartley, as he prepares to head to the World Karate Championships in Chile.
Last Updated: 31st July 2019
RHS courses on offer at Castlebank Horticultural Centre

RHS courses on offer at Castlebank Horticultural Centre

Castlebank Horticultural Centre in Lanark will soon be offering horticultural qualifications through the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS).
Last Updated: 30th July 2019
Discover the subterranean secrets of Culzean Castle

Discover the subterranean secrets of Culzean Castle

National Trust for Scotland are offering a unique opportunity for the public to don hard hats and explore Culzean Castle’s subterranean secrets!
Last Updated: 26th July 2019
Strictly Come Gardening 2019 winners announced!

Strictly Come Gardening 2019 winners announced!

The winners of Lanark's 2019 Strictly Come Gardening competition have been revealed!
Last Updated: 25th July 2019
Roll Up! Roll Up! The Circus Festival is coming to town!

Roll Up! Roll Up! The Circus Festival is coming to town!

Children of all ages will be able to take part in a real life clown school at M&D's Scotland's Theme Park this summer!
Last Updated: 23rd July 2019
Lanark groups presented with prestigious award!

Lanark groups presented with prestigious award!

Lanark in Bloom and the volunteers at Castlebank Horticultural Centre have been presented with a Queen's Award for Voluntary Service!
Last Updated: 21st July 2019
Katee gears up for a night of Americana in Strathaven

Katee gears up for a night of Americana in Strathaven

Emerging Scottish country music singer Katee Kross is preparing for her headline show as part of this year's Strathaven Folk Festival.
Last Updated: 21st July 2019
10 reasons to visit Resonate this weekend

10 reasons to visit Resonate this weekend

Resonate Total Gaming, the ultimate gaming experience, returns to Glasgow for a second year this weekend and turns the SEC into the nation's biggest gaming platform.
Last Updated: 18th July 2019
New play park opening soon at Palacerigg

New play park opening soon at Palacerigg

A new woodland play park is taking shape at Palacerigg Country Park, Cumbernauld!
Last Updated: 16th July 2019
Spot Red Squirrels at Brodick Castle

Spot Red Squirrels at Brodick Castle

With acres of thick woodlands, luscious gardens and island charm aplenty, the National Trust for Scotland's Brodick Castle on Arran is the perfect backdrop for a nature-loving day out!
Last Updated: 15th July 2019
GIE IT CAPALDI!

GIE IT CAPALDI!

150,000 music fans attend unforgettable sold-out weekend of live music as TRNSMT 2019 closes in spectacular style!
Last Updated: 15th July 2019
Castlebank and The Haven volunteers go green for Action Earth grant

Castlebank and The Haven volunteers go green for Action Earth grant

Lanark Community Development Trust calls on the local community to get involved in their forthcoming Volunteering Matters Action Earth project at Castlebank Horticultural Centre.
Last Updated: 11th July 2019
New Foraging Festival encourages people to explore Scotland

New Foraging Festival encourages people to explore Scotland

Foraging Fortnight, a brand-new festival taking place across five diverse regions of Scotland this autumn, has been announced.
Last Updated: 11th July 2019
Development Trust drives for new members in Lanark

Development Trust drives for new members in Lanark

Would you like to drive positive change in Lanark? Lanark Community Development Trust is encouraging the local community to sign up to join its committed membership base.
Last Updated: 9th July 2019
Current affairs are a major inspiration behind a new piece of political theatre by Scottish Youth Theatre National Ensemble 2019

Current affairs are a major inspiration behind a new piece of political theatre by Scottish Youth Theatre National Ensemble 2019

How tech giants use our online activity is the subject of a new ground breaking theatre production touring Scotland this July!
Last Updated: 9th July 2019
Spend a family day out at Brodick Castle this summer

Spend a family day out at Brodick Castle this summer

One of Scotland's most historical estates and tourist attractions, Brodick Castle on Arran, has re-opened with an exciting revamp, making it the perfect spot for families to visit over the summer.
Last Updated: 6th July 2019
Scotland Kicks off Summer of Female Sport

Scotland Kicks off Summer of Female Sport

Scotland is one of the world’s leading event destinations and this summer it will reaffirm its position as it shines a spotlight on women’s sport.
Last Updated: 4th July 2019
Bounce into Summer at Flip Out Glasgow

Bounce into Summer at Flip Out Glasgow

Flip Out Glasgow, Scotland's only inflatables and trampoline arena, has just unveiled its programme of activities for summer 2019 which are guaranteed to get families jumping!
Last Updated: 3rd July 2019
Royal visit to Castlebank Park

Royal visit to Castlebank Park

The Duke of Rothesay visited Castlebank Park and Horticultural Centre in Lanark to learn about the park's renovations and met with many of the volunteers and local organisations involved.
Last Updated: 28th June 2019

Sponsored Links

Popular Events

Strathaven Balloon Festival
The annual Strathaven Balloon Festival takes place on the weekend of August 23rd to 25th in Strathaven's John Hastie Park and this year it's celebrating its 20th Anniversary!
SLIME FSTVL
M&D's Scotland's Theme Park is set to another fantastically messy SLIME FSTVL on Sunday 25th August!
Doors Open Days: North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre
North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre in Motherwell are running a variety of tours and activities for all as part of this year's Doors Open Days festival!
Go Industrial Day
To commemorate the 200th anniversary of James Watt's death, Summerlee Museum will be stoking steam, peeping whistles and celebrating the master of innovation!
Christmas Cabaret Party Nights
Enjoy the glitz & glamour of Christmas this year at one of DoubleTree by Hilton Glasgow Westerwood Spa and Golf Resort's themed Cabaret Evenings!

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 »