"I’m Russell and I live in Drumnadrochit on the shores of Loch Ness, which lies within Glen Urquhart. You may have heard of our famous pile of old stones, Urquhart Castle and oh, yeah, our wee Loch is allegedly secreting a monster!
I’m fortunate to be able to call Glen Urquhart my home and it’s vitally important to me that everyone visiting my home has the best and most immersive experience possible, creating memories to last a lifetime.
I was lucky to have been on the HIE funded, ‘communities leading in tourism course’ where I got to meet inspirational colleagues from across Scotland, that I now call friends.
It was their enthusiasm that sparked my initial idea of retaining and harnessing a network of community tourism organisations and knowledge sharing across Scotland.
It is also their skills, drive, knowledge and passion that has taken SCOTO to where it is today and I’m immensely proud to be a part of what everyone has worked so hard to build.
As manager of Loch Ness Hub & Travel, (a community benefit society), I love being at the coal face of community tourism as it provides a platform to deliver that temporary local experience that SCOTO proudly promotes.
I’m past chair of Glen Urquhart Shinty Club and honoured to currently be Chair of Glen Urquhart Highland Gathering & Games, I also sit on the board of directors of Visit Inverness Loch Ness and an ambassador for Highland Tourism.
If you’re ever passing through Drumnadrochit, feel free to pop into Loch Ness Hub visitor information centre and say hello, you can even use our community owned toilets next door and make a wee donation!"