We’ve got an Oor Wullie!

Oor Wullie’s Big Bucket Trail 2019 is in full swing and we’re proud to be the lucky sponsor of one of the sculptures in Dundee. Isn’t he a beauty!

Image credit: Pamela Scott

Designed by printmaker and illustrator Pamela Scott, you’ll find Oor Wullie outside our Apex City Quay Hotel & Spa. The trail started on 17 June 2019 and is running for 11 weeks until 30 August 2019, when the sculptures will then be auctioned off for charity.

Neil Cooney, National Project Manager for the Oor Wullie Big Bucket Trial, said:

“We thought that Oor Wullie’s BIG Bucket Trail would be big, but we weren’t prepared for the response we have had – it’s been amazing!

“Folks have really taken our wee pal to heart and you only need to stand next to an Oor Wullie sculpture to get a sense of the fun and excitement that people are experiencing.”

Funds raised through the trail will support Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity, Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity and the ARCHIE Foundation, and there are 198 sculptures in total spanning across five cities: Glasgow, Dundee, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Inverness.

Cooney added:

“Of course, the campaign has a very special purpose and we have been busy planning the farewell events – and importantly the auctions – to ensure that the charities who have created this fantastic free event will be able to raise significant funds to allow them to continue to provide the best possible care for the combined half a million babies, children and young people who are treated and cared for each year.”

If you fancy a road trip around Scotland, why not see if you can collect photos with them all?

Image credit: David P Scott

The designer, Pamela, of Apex Hotels’ Oor Wullie sculpture, gave us a bit of an insight into how she designed him:

“Auchenshoogle is Oor Wullie’s hometown. He wears the tenements and terraces on his dungarees and the bucket he sits on is decorated with cobbled stones.

“His shirt is the warm hug of the sunshine and his face and hands are the brilliant blue of the Auchenshoogle sky. Auchenshoogle is thought to be an amalgam of Dundee and Glasgow. I have always been fascinated by buildings, rooftops and skylines so I choose to decorate Wullie with how I visualise his hometown.

“Being a Dundee girl myself and a regular visitor to Glasgow, I was inspired by the tenements and old cobbled streets that still survive in both cities.”

The Oor Wullie app is available for free from the App Store and Google Play – search for ‘Oor Wullie’s BIG Bucket Trail’. Find and collect as many Oor Wullies as you can by following the trail map, and unlock a host of rewards and milestones. Don’t forget to share your selfies using #OWBBT.

Oor Wullie facts and figures

  • 1,075,978 check-in’s on the app
  • 11,000,000 steps taken (from people using the pedometer within the app)
  • On average, people are walking 11 miles while doing the trail
  • There are over 40,000 app users
  • More than 4,403 bums have sat on the Proclaimers musical bucket at Ocean Terminal
  • The busiest Oor Wullie is Oor Rod on Buchanan St
  • The ‘most voted for’ is Oor Wullie Miller in Aberdeen
  • Busiest in Dundee is Yeehaw Wullie next to the Dragon on High Street

Follow along with Pamela on Instagram as she showcases her sculpture, as well as the others on the bucket trail. If you do visit our Oor Wullie, make sure you tag us @apexhotels on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. We can’t wait to see your photos.