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When you are planning your perfect holiday to Scotland, you want to know where to stay, which attractions to visit and where to eat. VisitScotland's quality assurance scheme can answer all your questions - use our 5-star grading scheme to pick the right accommodation, attractions and places to eat, then once you get here, you can enjoy all that Scotland has to offer.

VisitScotland works all year round to assess the standards and give a clear idea of what hospitality, service, cleanliness, accommodation, comfort and food you can expect. The 5-star grading schemes give you all the reassurance you want - quickly and clearly.

Our schemes help you distinguish between the quality of the accommodation and the range of facilities on offer in a variety of accommodation types - from B&Bs, self-catering and holidays parks through to hotels and restaurants with rooms.

We aim to cater for every budget and every preference. Specialised schemes like the Welcome Schemes for walkers and cyclists and the Green Tourism Business Scheme give you even more help in planning your holiday.

VisitScotland's quality assurance schemes help you arrange your days as well as your nights. In addition to accommodation, we assess visitor attractions ranging from castles and museums, to tours and leisure centres.

For absolute peace of mind, be assured that all our assessments are impartial and objective.

  • A view inside a traditional Mongolian yurt in the Highlands, complete with wood stove and Afghan rugs.
    A traditional Mongolian yurt at Great Glen Yurts, Torlundy near Fort William, Highlands
  • B&B owners shake hands with new guests at the front door of their property
    Welcome schemes help visitors find tourism properties that cater for specific activities or interests
  • A sleek double bed with sofa seating at the end in a smart, ambient bedroom
    A double room at the Blythswood Square Hotel, Glasgow
a VisitScotland (Scottish Tourist Board) star grading badge in a B&B window

Star-grading scheme

Find great places to eat, fantastic attractions and accommodation to perfectly suit your needs with our star grading system.

Kilted doorman welcomes the viewers into a large hotel

Welcome schemes

VisitScotland's Welcome schemes help visitors find tourism properties that cater for specific activities or interests.

looking across a river in spate to a self-catering cottage at Braemar, Aberdeenshire

Accommodation types

Find out the differences between the different types of visitor accommodation available to help you choose the best one for you.