Còsagach – an old Scottish word which describes the feeling of being snug, sheltered or cosy – has been identified as a new trend for 2018.
VisitScotland believes it could even rival the in-vogue Danish concept of ‘hygge’, which describes cosiness that brings about a feeling of contentment.
The rise of cosagach up the trendy scale was identified by the national tourism organisation in its ‘Trends paper’.
Còsagach – an old Scottish word which describes the feeling of being snug, sheltered or cosy – has been identified as a new trend for 2018
Referring to Cosagach, the paper says: ‘With tranquil seascapes, vast open spaces and many warm and welcoming pubs, Scotland is a perfect place for your well-being.’
That feeling of well-being also forms the basis for another trend, ‘Wellness’, VisitScotland claims, where visitors seek escapism from technology and their fast-paced lives in tourism-related activities, to recharge their mind and body.
The report also issues a warning – that Scotland could lose its reputation as a friendly nation due to overcrowding problems at tourist hot spots.
Popular visitor sites including Edinburgh, Orkney and Skye have struggled to cope with record numbers of tourists descending on the areas over the past year.
Residents on Skye, pictured, have called calling for urgent help to deal with overcrowding after a surge in tourism led to too many visitors at some of the island’s most famous beauty spots
The report has warned that the issue needs to be addressed to avoid a backlash from local residents living in the areas and the prospect of ‘tourist curfews’.
Residents on Skye have called calling for urgent help to deal with overcrowding after a surge in tourism led to too many visitors at some of the island’s most famous beauty spots.
Islanders complain their single-track roads are being choked with camper vans, tour buses and cars.
The problem is most acute at Skye’s most famous spots, particularly at the Fairy Pools – a series of vivid green and blue pools and waterfalls in Glen Brittle – the Neist Point lighthouse, with views over to the Uist islands.
The Orkney Islands, which has a 20,000 population, had more than 120,000 visitors this summer as it has become a popular stop off for cruise ships.
Edinburgh residents have also complained that visitors to the annual Fringe festival cause an increase in traffic jams and anti-social behaviour.