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  • 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
  • Enjoy first-class accommodation and warm Scottish hospitality in Aberdeen City and Shire
    Enjoy first-class accommodation and warm Scottish hospitality in Aberdeen City and Shire
  • A B&B sign with a VisitScotland star grading logo outside a rural house
    Star gradings cover all types of accommodation and attractions
  • A VisitScotland (Scottish Tourist Board) star grading award badge outside the driveway to a holiday park
    Star gradings cover all types of accommodation and attractions
  • A waiter with a tray of drinks hurries up an elegant hotel staircase
    Star gradings cover all types of accommodation and attractions

For your perfect Scotland holiday, make sure you look for accommodation, experiences and places to eat that have been quality assured by VisitScotland.  We grade businesses based on the things that we know matter to you.

5-Star Quality Assurance Scheme - VisitScotland’s official mark of quality

Whether you’re looking for things to see and do, somewhere to stay or great places to eat, our 5-Star Quality Assurance Scheme is here to help you plan and book the perfect trip to Scotland.

Our reputable grading system assesses businesses according to a set of national quality standards, ensuring that they meet our essential requirements for cleanliness, safety, security, comfort, sustainability and customer care. Each offers a range and quality of services appropriate to one of the following star grades:   

  • 1 star: clean and tidy, a fair and acceptable, if basic, standard
  • 2 stars: a good overall standard
  • 3 stars: a very good standard
  • 4 stars: an excellent standard
  • 5 stars: an exceptional standard

You’ll find our star gradings on visitor attractions, tourist shops, activity centres and all types of accommodation, all of which promise great service and a warm welcome upon your arrival.

The whitewashed exteriors and grounds of Prestonfield House Hotel, Edinburgh.
Prestonfield House Hotel, Edinburgh

Gold Awards

In addition to star gradings, our Gold Awards are granted to businesses that have really gone the extra mile for their visitors, achieving the very highest levels of excellence.

Gold Awards can be granted to exceptional businesses of all star gradings, meaning you can enjoy impeccable service no matter what your budget. 

Welcome Schemes

Scotland offers a warm welcome to all visitors, from walkers and cyclists to those visiting in groups or with young children. VisitScotland’s Welcome Schemes have been designed to help you find flexible, inclusive accommodation to meet your specific needs, helping you get the most out of your trip.

Look out for icons highlighting our Anglers, Arts, Bikers, Children, Classic Cars, Cyclists, Field Sports, Film Crews, Golfers, Groups, Horses, Walkers, Visiting Golfers and Ancestral Welcome Schemes and find the ideal accommodation for you.

Wooden wigwams dotted around woodland near the banks of Loch Tay, Perthshire.
Loch Tay Highland Lodges, Perthshire

Green Tourism Business Scheme

Enjoy an eco-friendly holiday in Scotland with the help of the Green Tourism Business Scheme (GBTS).

Now with over 850 members, the GTBS awards visitor attractions, hotels, B&Bs and other accommodation providers that make efforts to reduce their impact on the environment, be it by using low-energy light bulbs, sourcing local produce, promoting cycle hire or more.

Use our accommodation listings to find GTBS Bronze, Silver or Gold award winners and keep your carbon footprint to a minimum throughout your trip.

Taste Our Best

Sample the delights of Scotland’s natural larder at restaurants, cafés and takeaways with our Taste Our Best award. We assess the presentation, quality and service of food, awarding high standards at eateries all across the country.

Each one also features Scottish produce on their menus, meaning you can support local businesses and enjoy a fantastic meal at the same time!

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