Green tourism and eco holidays in Scotland

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  • A couple on the stone bridge in Dawyck Botanic Garden, Scottish Borders
    Dawyck Botanic Garden, Scottish Borders
  • Loch Trool, near Newton Stewart, in the Galloway Forest Park
    Loch Trool, near Newton Stewart, in the Galloway Forest Park
  • Looking through trees to Victoria Falls in the Slattadale Forest near Loch Maree, Highlands
    Victoria Falls in the Slattadale Forest near Loch Maree, Highlands

If you care about the environment and are interested in doing your bit to save our planet, take an eco holiday by staying in accommodation and visiting attractions which are part of the Green Tourism Business Scheme (GTBS).

We should all do our bit to reduce our impact on the environment by making a few simple changes to our lifestyle. So the next time you head off on holiday in Scotland, think green.

Green Tourism Business Scheme

The Green Tourism Business Scheme (GTBS), originally developed in partnership with VisitScotland, encourages tourism businesses to be environmentally friendly, whether they be hotels or guest houses, bed and breakfasts or self-catering or visitor attractions.

The GTBS has over 700 members, all of whom are rigorously assessed and given a Bronze, Silver or Gold Award, depending on the level of energy-efficiency they achieve.

Members are encouraged to introduce measures which are designed to lessen the impact of their business on the environment. These can be as diverse as using low-energy light bulbs or corridor lights which go on when people approach, having local produce on menus, or promoting wildlife walks and cycle hire in their area.

Use the accommodation search to compare and book GTBS-accredited properties, and then relax in the knowledge that you're staying in the best and most environmentally-friendly accommodation in Scotland.

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