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 guide below – including links to Scottish Government info and to lists of what’s open for you to enjoy.

Essential Info

The Scottish Government wants people to be safe but is not advising that booked holiday accommodation in October needs to be cancelled. They want visitors to think about whether you need to travel, especially if you live in or would be travelling to central Scotland.

National Restrictions

  • NEW: Pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes can open until 6pm indoors, but only for food and non-alcoholic beverages. Alcohol can only be served outdoors until the venue closes at 10pm each night. Hotels and their restaurants may remain open for residents only beyond 6pm, but cannot serve alcohol after this time.
  • NEW: Shops will be asked from this weekend to return to 2m physical distancing, and re-introduce additional measures such as one-way systems.
  • You should not be meeting another household in any home.
  • There are exceptions for those who live alone, non-cohabiting couples, childcare and tradespeople.
  • You can meet with one other household in hospitality or outdoors including in a private garden, up to a total of six people (not counting any children under 12 years old).
  • Young people between 12 and 18 can meet outdoors in a group of six from different households.
  • Hospitality establishments are required to close at 10pm every night.
  • Maintain a 2m distance from anyone outside your household, unless in a specific setting where a 1m 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.

The restrictions are:

  • Pubs, bars and licensed restaurants to shut to all but takeaway food services until Monday 2 November.
  • Hotels and their restaurants may remain open for residents only. However, they cannot serve alcohol.
  • All cafes can open until 6pm each day, they cannot serve alcohol.
  • Avoid public transport unless necessary – eg for travel to school or work.
  • Snooker and pool halls, indoor bowling alleys, casinos and bingo halls will also be closed.
  • Anyone is advised to think carefully about whether they need to travel outside of the region they live in. If it is necessary, they should plan to do so safely.

Specific holiday restrictions:

  • 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 2m physical distancing (1m 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.

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 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 and disposable face coverings 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 open. The best information is online. Find our 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.

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. 

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.

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

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.

Local Restrictions – some areas of Scotland have further measures in place, check here for info 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 many countries who do not need to self-isolate on arrival in Scotland. However, there are a number of countries where if you travel to Scotland, you will need to self-quarantine for 14 days when you arrive – the list changes regularly. This applies even if you arrive in England and travel onwards to Scotland. You can find the list of countries here.

Every visitor needs to provide their journey and contact details when travelling to 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. 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: 23 October 2020

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