Scotland is a land of untamed and dramatic natural beauty, holding a turbulent history. Scotland is a home of great places to explore and experience. Scotland…with its heritage, art, culture and cuisine is the country you’ll want to visit this year.
Two years ago the Mukilteo Chamber introduced their new program “Travel With The Chamber”, and took 25 community members to China, exploring that ancient country, its culture, and ethos. It was an unforgettable experience and sparked the conversation of offering future tourism opportunities. In 2016 the Chamber took 25 travelers through the Tuscan region of Italy, and closed out their adventure with a three-day extension in Rome.
In 2017, Travel With The Chamber will head to northern climes, visiting the rugged landscape of Scotland. This country consists of a tapestry of attractions ranging from historical sites, regional landmarks, local cuisines and stunning scenery. The 10-day adventure will begin October 2nd with travelers flying from Seattle to the historic city of Glasgow.
This year’s tour makes a wide circle around Scotland beginning with Glasgow and alternating stops to outer islands and back to the mainland. To start the excursion, travelers will visit the Kelvingrove Art Museum, housing one of the United Kingdom’s greatest art collections. Later they will stop at the National Piping Centre to enjoy demonstrations of a quintessential symbol of Scotland, the bagpipes.
Throughout the next seven days, travelers will enjoy a scenic cruise on Loch Lomond and walk through Inveraray Jail, a 19th century prison-turned-museum, that housed inmates as young as seven. A side trip to Eilean (island) Donan Castle, will bring the Jacobite Rebellion alive for history buffs. That visit, along with a trek over the Skye Bridge to the Isle of Skye, and Outlander fans will rejoice as they fling themselves both back into history, and forward into pop culture mentions.
For those who love flights of fancy, a trip to Scotland would not be complete without going in search of the legendary “Nessie.” Loch Ness is the largest body of fresh water in Britain, being over 22 miles long, 1.5 miles wide and over 750 feet deep. Legends of an “aquatic animal” with magical powers have abounded for over 1,500 years so we would be remiss to leave this out of the itinerary!
As part of the nearly 800 islands that comprise Scotland, travelers can explore the world-famous Orkney Islands. Among the many historic splendors sits the Ring of Brodgar, a Neolithic stone circle. It would appear that Stone Henge in England does not have the monopoly on massive stone monuments.
Heading into the Highlands, the tour stops at Dunrobin Castle and Culloden Battlefield, two key locations during Scotland’s bloody history. Looking from the past to the present, travelers will visit the Leault Sheepdog Farm where they will learn about the local way of life. Teams of dogs will perform demonstrations and maneuver sheep and ducks through various obstacles. And a trip into the Highlands would not be complete without a tasting at Scotland’s smallest distillery, Edradour Distillery.
On the final leg of the journey, travelers will head to Edinburgh, enjoy a panoramic city tour including a visit to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official Scottish residence of Her Majesty the Queen, in addition to viewing Edinburgh Castle. The last day in Scotland features a special tour of the Scotch Whisky Experience followed by dinner and entertainment at the Spirit of Scotland Show. What a way to close out an amazing adventure.
Tour package (double occupancy) is $3,499 and includes all tours, round trip airfare, eight night’s accommodations, all breakfasts, seven dinners, ground transportation, English speaking guide, porterage for one piece of luggage (pp). Fàilte gu Alba (Welcome to Scotland)
An informational meeting is scheduled on February 16, 5:30 at the Chamber Office, 4902 – 76th St SW, Mukilteo. For general information: 425-347-1456.
1.11.17 Look Who Turned 18
“For an 18 year old, much has happened in my lifetime. I experienced the hoopla over Y2K (that was much ado about nothing); saw the Seahawks win a Super Bowl; watched the inauguration of the first African-American president for the United States; and experienced the phenomenon of Uber as it became an up and coming mode of transportation to name a few instances. So, what’s my name?” I’m GOOGLE.
I started out as a search engine on the world-wide web, competing with other players like Yahoo, Dogpile, and Bing. Over the years though, I’ve had to reinvent myself to stay ahead of the curve, to stand out in an everchanging technological landscape. Not only am I a search engine, now I can provide maps, offer email service, operating systems, and mobile applications such as calendars and books.
It’s not as easy as it sounds. In the late ‘90s when I was created, businesses were still using main frames housed in tiny back rooms. It was not a given that the average household would own a personal computer let along know what the internet was. Now 18 years later, a four-year-old can access the world-wide web on a wrist device!
In 2017 the Mukilteo Chamber of Commerce will offer a variety of classes to business leaders in our area through Google. Part of their focus is to “put Mukilteo on the map.” With that, they want to support the business community whether establishments are chamber members or not.
Businesses are invited to contact the Chamber Office to attend free workshops designed to help them gain visibility on the Google platform. Although there is not a charge for the workshop, RSVPs are required due to limited space. First come, first served. Classes will be every other week from 9:00 am to 10:00 am:
Jan 10 – Get Found on Good Search and Maps: verify your business on Google and set up Google My Business, a free tool that helps you manage information displayed to customers.
Jan 24 – Promote Your Business with AdWords Express: AdWords Express can drive customers to your website, listing or phone. Learn how it works and get tips for effective ads.
Feb 7 – Grow Your Business Online: Overview of Google tools to help improve your presence online, including Webmaster tools, Google Analytics, Google Apps for Work, etc.
Feb 21 – Get Custom Email With Gmail for Work: Learn how to set up a custom email address. Plus, see how Gmail for Work makes it easy to stay organized.
Mar 7 – Set Goals With Google Analytics: Measure your website traffic to understand visitor behavior and improve online business.
Mar 21 – How Brands Win With Moments That Matter: This presentation will focus on today’s battleground for all brands: the battle for moments. Why? Because people are more loyal to their need in the moment than to any particular brand.
Let’s get “Mukilteo On The Map.” To RSVP call 425-347-1456 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up for some or all of the workshops
1.6.17 There’s A New Chief In Town: Thirteen years ago Cheol Kang joined the Mukilteo Police Department and hard work and dedication to this community earned him the seat of Chief of Police. After a national search by the City, Kang was offered and accepted the position and it’s a decision that our town can happy with.
Kang’s experience with the Department includes detective, sergeant, crime prevention officer, public information officer, commander and most recently Interim Chief. If that were not enough, he’s taught college classes, creating a curriculum on criminal justice, is a member of the Mukilteo Elementary PTSA and Cub Scouts Pack 16, and regular attends Mukilteo Kiwanis and Chamber of Commerce meetings. Cheol is a leader and his innate skills, community awareness and commitment to Mukilteo will serve us all well in the years to come. Congratulations, Chief Cheol Kang.
12.21.16 Ivanov Pleads Guilty: In July, Mukilteo experienced a devastating loss when five young adults were involved in a shooting. It was a loss that every community hopes never happens. Five families were thrown into life-changing turmoil when four young adults were shot, three fatally. Tragic too, is the life of the young man who perpetrated the whole scenario. This week he is facing the consequences of his actions.
On trial, Allen Ivanov pled guilty to three counts of aggravated first-degree murder and two counts of attempted first-degree murder. This plea will guarantee that the death penalty is off the table, and that Ivanov will face life in prison.
Sadly, this tale doesn’t reflect closure so much as it marks a path of moving forward for those involved (and that includes the entire community). Our community is strong, #MukilteoStrong, but it is still grieving. A quote recently sums it up: “Grief is like the ocean; it comes in waves, ebbing and flowing. Sometimes the water is calm, and sometimes it is overwhelming. All we can do is learn to swim.”
During this holiday season, community members may be feeling increased sadness and there is help available. The Mukilteo Youth Coalition was formed to address the needs of those who are hurting and in need of support and help. They have a Facebook page and a website: MYCcares.org, for those seeking information.
Reach out, someone cares.
12.8.16 Preparing For Winter Challenges: The winter weather is upon us, so those in the #PNW should prepare for cold, icy temperatures. This means getting ready not only for personal safety in your home but as you navigate the road systems.
In your home:
- prepare an emergency kit with warm clothing, blankets, non-perishable food and water.
- make sure you have enough medication stocked in your home in the event you can’t drive to restock your supply.
- install carbon monoxide alarms in key areas of your home.
- have a copy of emergency contacts and a copy of an emergency plan for your family.
- check pipes, insulation and know how to shut off water valves.
- have heating equipment inspected, check caulking and weather stripping
- stay off icy sidewalks if possible
- if you have to travel, let someone know your travel plans
- know what frostbite and hypothermia look like and take steps to prevent them
- if you’re cold outside, you pet is, too
- watch for dehydration
In your vehicle:
- check your antifreeze, oil and brake fluids, your windshield wipers, lights, heater and defroster.
- examine tires and carry chains or have snow tires
- have emergency supplies such as a first aid kit, blankets, roadside flares
For more information: www.snohd.org/weather and www.snohomish-countywa.gov/719/personalpreparedness