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.
Prestonfield House Hotel, Edinburgh
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.
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.
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!