Crusier captian takes up his paintbrush to help with winter refit
Windermere's oldest cruiser is getting a makeover.
She has been providing tours for visitors to the Lakes for well over a century, but over the winter she is getting a bit of a makeover.
Tourism businesses in the Lake District are concerned that their profits are being nibbled away by a new method of booking holidays.
It's taken the shine off the extra custom the good summer weather has brought. Some operators even say they could go out of business.
Fiona Marley Paterson reports.
Angus Fordyce is the Chairman of Luxury Galloway and believes that Dumfries and Galloway has just as much to offer as Cumbria.
He believes that tourists, and locals, need to look more closely at what the region has to offer to fully appreciate everything available.
“This year the whole of Scotland will be in the global spotlight thanks to major events and the Homecoming 2014 initiative. Our organisation knows Dumfriesshire, Kirkcudbrightshire and Wigtownshire well but they are sadly often overlooked.
"The region offers availability of a wide range of high quality, good value accommodation, food and drink in an exceptionally busy tourism year.”
Dumfries and Galloway has been named as 'Destination of the Year' at the Scottish Hotel Awards.
The region was chosen for its strong hotel offering, warm hospitality and stunning landscapes.
Judges were impressed by the area's natural scenic beauty, fishing communities and charming country house hotels.
People are now being encouraged to 'turn west' when they enter Scotland to discover the local charms on offers.
Keswick Mountain Festival begins today. It's four days of camping, live music, speakers and sport.
This year will see more events than ever before, including a triathlon - the fastest growing sport in the UK. This year's event will also see the first children's triathlon in the event's history.
Kendal's Mountain Festival has been given a National Tourism Award. It was one of five Cumbrian winners chosen by VisitEngland.
The festival runs in November and includes films, art and adventure sports. It claims to be the largest of its type in the world and is considering introducing a summer event.
Askham Hall in Penrith has become the first Cumbrian tourist attraction to be given a new 'superior quality' award.
The eight-hundred-year old property recently opened its doors as a hotel and restaurant.
The Tourism Quality Cumbria scheme was developed seven years ago in a bid to improve standards of visitor accommodation.
Those given the award are considered to be 'the best of the best'.