Move over Silicon Valley because Scotland has its own high tech sector. While not technically a glen as it covers a much wider area than just one valley, it is one of Scotland’s most bustling, technological advancement sectors covering anything from the manufacturing of semiconductors to research and development with wireless internet service providers.
Tracing its origins back to as early as 1943, Silicon Glen was home to plants for UK electrical engineering corporations like Ferranti but other corporations soon followed suit including popular computer company IBM, the Motorola multinational telecommunications company and even Rockstar North; developers of more than a few video games you or your children may be familiar with. Do the GTA or Lemmings franchises ring any bells? Today the area continues to grow with both companies and activity. Motorola, one of the leading providers of smartphone technology, cable television and wireless broadband networks, is no longer there but as the industry moves forward, the names and faces of companies are always changing.
Whether you’re a tourist or a citizen and whether your interests are in wireless internet or electronics in general; should you ever find yourself in Scotland then you really ought to give Edinburgh a try.