Welcome back. Many of you have spent months dreaming of visiting and exploring Glencoe and the surrounding area. Now it’s time to turn those dreams into plans by booking stays and adventures here.

With more information available it’s easier to plan a trip. Whether you’re travelling locally or from further afield read on for our essential guide below – including links to Scottish Government info and to lists of what’s open for you to enjoy.

Travel restrictions for the UK are lifted, tourism and hospitality are reopening and we can welcome you back. Safety remains our top priority, guidelines are still inplace. Please plan ahead, check websites in advance and take care when you travel.

  • Check your travel route for any disruptions.
  • Don’t forget your face covering and hand sanitiser – you can buy these here if you forget…
  • Always dispose of your rubbish properly – please use bins provided or take it home.
  • Do not light fires or BBQs in public outdoors areas at the present time.
  • Be mindful of local residents and communities who live and work in the areas you are visiting, please be kind.

What you need to know:

Locals are welcome – join us in supporting our local tourism industry as it reopens. Eat local, buy local, see local, enjoy local. Rediscover the attractions of south Lochaber.

What’s open? – throughout the area many tourism and hospitality businesses and public facilities are opening from 15 July. There are some who will continue to prepare to welcome visitors back. The Ice Factor and Glencoe Folk Museum are two local attractions who will not open immediately. Be patient, we will enjoy them again soon. The best information is online, we are compiling a list of what’s open here.

Plan ahead, book direct – always check directly with a business before visiting – dates provided are when a sector is allowed to reopen. They may not all open on that date.

There are business areas who are not yet able to open these include: Contact sports, Events and Gyms. And there are limits on Public transport and Weddings (outdoors). Please make sure to contact individual providers to check opening times and safety information before your visit.

Visitor’s Charter – we have published a ‘Visitor Charter’, we hope it will provide a reminder of the Scottish guidelines for Covid-19 containment to keep all of us safe and well.

Responsible tourism – Please respect this beautiful area and take your litter home with you, take only photos and leave only footprints. The Scottish Outdoor Access Code applies all year-round and offers some great tips and advice.

NTS Glencoe have promoted the idea of taking a litter-picker and a bag with you when you’re out hiking. Their idea is simply that you can help care for the area and collect the rubbish in the outlying areas and dispose of it correctly after your hike.

Too busy? – If a spot is too busy, move on and explore another spot. Perhaps enjoy ‘slow travel’, visit fewer locations and really get to know the area, by foot, bike or paddle

Face coverings – these are mandatory on public transport and in shops. Please note there are exceptions for some health conditions and for children under 5.

Protect others and yourself – Do not travel if you have COVID-19 symptoms or have been told to isolate. Observe physical distancing, cough etiquette, wear a face covering when required. Regularly use hand sanitiser and wash your hands frequently.

Social distancing – will remain at 2 metres as the default, but 1 metre exceptions may be introduced including: public transport; outdoor hospitality; indoor hospitality; and retail. These areas will be clearly signposted for you and additional safety measures will be in place.

Safety first – every business has increased hygiene, risk assessed, signposted and re-trained. Look out for the ‘Good to Go’ scheme throughout the area.

Know before you go – Government guidelines change, please check them online before travelling

Feeling poorly? – If you develop Covid-19 symptoms while on holiday, please alert your accommodation provider immediately and follow the advice from NHS Scotland.

Quarantine – there are over 50 countries who do not need to self-isolate on arrival in Scotland. There are still countries where if you travel to Scotland, you will need to self-quarantine for 14 days when you arrive – that now includes Spain. This applies even if you arrive in England and travel onwards to Scotland. You can find the list of countries here.

Travelling from an airport – Our airports have car rental facilities close to their arrival halls. Make sure to check before you travel if car rentals are open and book your car in advance. Public transport capacity will be constrained due to physical distancing requirements. The use of taxis or private pick-ups are recommended.

Renting a car – Car rental companies are following Government advice and have increased their health and safety measures. Check before you travel with individual companies for information on any additional measures they are taking. You can find more specific information on travelling to Scotland, and travelling around Scotland.

Government info – for full details of regulations that apply here, please visit the Scottish Government website.

Updated 30 July 2020

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