Welcome back.
Read on for our essential guide, including links to current Scottish Government info.
We hope we’ve got all the information you require – physical distancing guidelines and face coverings, travel restrictions and other questions you might have on safety measures – to keep you safe on your trip to Glencoe.

What everyone needs to know:

Specific Holiday Restrictions

  • Anyone living in level 3 or 4 restrictions must not travel outside their own council area, except for certain essential purposes.
  • Everyone else should not travel to a level 3 or 4 council area, except for essential purposes.
  • You can still book your household onto organised activities – outdoor activities, tours, coaches – alongside other unconnected households, as these operators are still allowed to take larger numbers where capacity allows. You should keep to your own household within the activity, follow 2 m physical distancing (1 m for organised day boat trips) and wear your mask on coaches, tours and boat trips.
  • You can only stay in self-catered accommodation (including caravans, flats and holiday cottages) with your own household while the current restrictions on indoor private gatherings are in place.
  • If you are planning a stay in a hotel, B&B or similar, you should book at least one room per household.
  • Also, please do not travel from (or to) an area which is in lockdown.

Contact tracing app
All residents and visitors should download the Protect Scotland app for free from the Apple and Google stores. The app will alert you if you have been in close contact with another app user who has tested positive for coronavirus. It supports contact tracing and works through Bluetooth anonymously, protecting your privacy.

Local area Covid-19 levels
The Scottish Government have issued a postcode checker. Follow the link below to find out the level of the area you are in and that you wish to visit. Further advice is linked to your search results. Visit the postcode checker here.

The hope is these measures suppress the spread of COVID-19. So it is essential that, with limited exceptions, there is no travel to or from areas where higher numbers of people may be carrying the virus. These levels will be reviewed every Tuesday, and an area will move to a new level on a Friday.

To avoid spreading the virus, further national restrictions and to keep everyone safe, please follow this current Scottish Government advice.

Covid-19 Levels Explained
If you need to check what restrictions are in place for each level of the Scottish Government’s Covid-19 system. Please visit the Scotgov protection levels webpage for up to date lisitings.

Visiting Scotland – UK and International advice
Please stay up to date with the latest advice from the UK and Scottish Governments. The Scotgov travel and transport webpage has up to date info for you wherever you hale from. Basically, do not travel from/to Scottish level 3 or 4 areas or from/to an area in lockdown.

Visiting Scotland from Overseas
International visitors should check the full list of countries who can travel to Scotland without quarantine carefully. Visitors from some countries are still being asked to self-quarantine for 14 days when they arrive.

Every visitor needs to provide their journey and contact details when travelling to Scotland. These rules apply even to those who land in another part of the UK, and travel on by other means to Scotland.

Find out more on health checks when entering Scotland

Other notes

  • There are exceptions to the indoor household restrictions for those who live alone, non-cohabiting couples, childcare and tradespeople.
  • Young people between 12 and 18 can meet outdoors in a group of six from different households.
  • Maintain a 2 m distance from anyone outside your household, unless in a specific setting where a 1 m distance is advised due to additional precautions (eg hospitality). This doesn’t apply to children under 12.
  • Face coverings are mandatory on public transport, in shops, tourist attractions, cinemas and pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes, when not at your table.
  • You should not share a journey in a private car with someone outside your household.

What you need to know:

Locals are welcome – if you live locally please join us in supporting our local tourism and hospitality industry. Eat local, buy local, see local, enjoy local. Rediscover the attractions of south Lochaber.

What’s open? – we enjoy offering guests and visitors the opportunity to experience a winter wonderland. With shorter days and fewer visitors at this time of year, many tourism and hospitality businesses have moved to their winter opening hours. Some others may have closed for these quieter winter months and will reopen in 2021.
Businesses welcome enquiries for next year or continue to sell vouchers for gifts.
For the best information and terms & conditions please check directly.

Plan ahead, book direct – always check directly with a business before visiting. There are a few things to remember when you’re visiting Glencoe at the moment. We know that travelling is a bit tricky now for many of us, but we still want to help you plan your future trips and days out here.

The current restrictions on eating and drinking out vary depending on what level that local area is in, Currently we’re in Level 1 here, so there are restrictions are in place, but less so than other areas. Find out about Level one restrictions here
Some general advice to remember:

  • Please wear a face covering when walking around inside a bar, café or restaurant.  You can take it off when sat at the table.
  • Please book your table in advance where possible.
  • If you need to cancel a booking, please do so as far in advance as possible. Always let the business know if you can’t make it so they can make your table available for someone else.
  • Some of our amazing food and drink businesses are offering delivery and collection, check direct for details. 

Our attractions have also had to make a few changes in the last few months to make sure you can visit safely.
Some general tips for visiting just now:

  • Book in advance where possible
  • Always remember a face covering and use hand sanitiser frequently
  • Stay at least 2 metres away from others
  • Take your litter home with you for disposal

Know before you go – Scottish Government guidelines change regularly, please check them online and familiarise yourself with them before travelling.

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.

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

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 have been introduced, 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. Please remember to to respect the guidance and keep everyone safe.

Cash – Many businesses such as shops and restaurants currently prefer you to use contact free payments for hygiene reasons and some may be following a ‘contactless payment only’ policy. Please check that your debit/credit card is accepted before your trip begins.

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

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. There are also restrictions on where you can travel to/from now. 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: 20 November 2020

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