From Tuesday 5 January, mainland Scotland will be in Lockdown, with new guidance to stay at home except for essential purposes. Some islands will remain at Level 3.  View the main ScotGov Coronavirus page for all updates. 

When we re-open…
Hopefully we will reopen in February, the following info is to help you plan for a visit after this period of lockdown.

Plan ahead, book direct – always check directly with a business before planning a visit.You can still plan a break here in the future. Use the info on this site to build an itinerary and contact the businesses to discuss the options.

Contact tracing appAll 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.

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

Visitor’s Charter – please see our ‘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: 5 January 2021

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