Fife Tourism Partnership

Scotties By the Sea: The Dogs Are Unleashed

4 September 2023

St Andrews, Scotland – 1st Sept 2023 – Today in St Andrews, Scotland The Provost of Fife, Jim
Leishman, MBE presided over the unveiling and official launch of Scotties By the Sea, a unique
and very colourful sculpture trail sure to strike a chord with visitors and residents alike.

BID St Andrews in collaboration with their delivery partner Wild In Art, is thrilled to
announce the launch of Scotties By the Sea, a captivating 10 week, 30 Giant Dog Sculpture
Trail which is already transforming the picturesque coastal town of St Andrews and the
surrounding Northeast Fife Coastal Communities into an open-air gallery filled with colourful
canines. “ We have spent the last few days installing the Scotties around the coast and in St
Andrews and members of the public are responding so well to the dogs, it’s just fantastic to
see. We even have visitors already booked in from America, Australia and South Africa
coming over just for the trail, some of them even bringing their beloved dogs! “ Commented
Jane Kennedy, Manager of BID St Andrews

Scotties By the Sea showcases an array of beautifully crafted, Giant-sized Scottie dog
sculptures, each one uniquely designed by talented artists, many local and others with strong
ties to the region. This vibrant and interactive public art installation aims to celebrate the
rich cultural heritage, community spirit, and artistic talent of St Andrews & North East Fife,
while also promoting local business, tourism and raising funds for Maggie’s Centres.

With the install taking two days to complete, Scotties By the Sea already promises to
captivate residents and visitors alike, offering a delightful and engaging experience for all
ages. The trail will also feature 15 Wee Dugs as part of the Wee Dug Window Trail which sees
Mini Scotties take up residence in Shop windows and businesses throughout the town and
along the coastline taking in iconic landmarks, public spaces, and popular visitor attractions.

“So many people helped drive Scotties By the Sea forward we have an amazing Scottie Dog
Family and without them we would not have been able to get this event off the ground.
They include our Official Partners, The Old Course Hotel & Spa, St Andrews Links and
Welcome to Fife and our Giant Scottie Dog Sponsors; The University of St Andrews, Blachere
Illuminations, The Northwood Charitable Trust, Stagecoach, Eden Mill, The Scottish Deer
Centre & WildLife Park, CJ Lang (Spar Scotland), The Adamson Bar & Restaurant, DLR
Media, The Tayport Community Trust, The Courier, Anstruther Pleasure Cruises, St Andrews
Environmental Network & The St Andrews Gift Card. Scotties By the Sea is a testament to
the vibrant business and artistic community we have in the North East of Scotland" said
Louise Fraser, Chair, BID St Andrews.

Scotties By the Sea will also serve as a platform for charitable giving following the trail's
conclusion, the sculptures will be auctioned, with the profits going towards supporting
Maggie’s Cancer Centre, Dundee.

To enhance the visitor experience, a dedicated mobile app launched today to coincide with
the opening of the trail. The app provides users with an interactive map and fascinating
insights into the inspiration behind each sculpture. Participants will also have the
opportunity to collect exclusive digital rewards and engage in social media competitions,
further encouraging interaction with business and sharing of the Scotties By the Sea

"We wanted to make Scotties By the Sea an inclusive and immersive experience for all,"
stated Jane Kennedy. "The mobile app, which is sponsored by Welcome to Fife, serves as a
valuable companion, guiding visitors through the trail, and offering a wealth of information
about the artists, their inspirations, and the fascinating stories behind each sculpture. We
encourage everyone to download the app, which is available on both Android & iOS and
embark on this exciting artistic adventure with us."

📲 iOS -

📲 Android-

For more information please contact or visit our event website for updates.

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