Though we haven't been able to explore our beautiful country for the last few months, nothing has been able to stop us from dreaming about the trips we want to take someday soon! With more information now available on what will open and at what stage, planning a trip within Scotland has moved a step closer.
We've got all the information you need on what each phase looks like and at what stage you'll be able to take a local trip or explore further.
Last updated: 03 July 2020
- You must stay 2 metres away from anyone outside of your household at all times.
- This route map is a dynamic, living plan so could change on a week to week basis as advice and evidence becomes available to the Scottish Government.
- If cases begin to rise again, restrictions may need to be reintroduced, and we may need to go backwards through the phases.
- You can find more specific information on travelling to Scotland, and travelling around Scotland.
We are currently in Phase 2 of the Scottish route map.
This means you can:
- Book self-catering accommodation (without shared facilities) or visit your second home.
- Travel for enjoying the outdoors and exercise (the 5 mile restriction has now been lifted as of Friday 3 July).
- Enjoy unlimited outdoor exercise.
- Take part in angling, archery, athletics including running and jogging, croquet, cycling, horse riding, golf, lawn bowls, outdoor tennis, walking, watersports, and court sports.
- Visit small retail shops, accessible from the street, garden centres and plant nurseries.
- Visit outdoor markets in limited numbers, use drive through food outlets and takeaways.
- Take the kids to a playground, zoo or garden attractions within your local area.
- Meet up with two other households outdoors at a time, with no more than a maximum of 8 people in a group, and no more than two households per day. Don't share food & drink, but bring your own for your household if enjoying a picnic or a barbecue.
- You are allowed to use indoor bathroom facilities of another household during this outdoor meeting.
- Visit places of worship for individual prayer or contemplation.
- Hold a wedding or civil ceremony outdoors with a limited number of attendees.
And you should:
- Maintain physical distancing at all times, indoors and outdoors of 2 metres.
- If you go somewhere outdoors and it is too crowded to remain at a distance of 2 metres, please consider leaving and finding somewhere else to go.
- Wear a face covering when using public transport.
- Only use public transport where necessary for essential travel - services are still limited and capacity reduced due to physical distancing.
- Travel by walk, wheel and cycle where possible and avoid travelling at peak times as far as possible.
- All visitor facilities and services around the Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park are now beginning to reopen including car parks, public toilets and visitor centres. Please check with the National Park for the latest advice before travelling.
- Forestry and Land Scotland facilities such as car parks and mountain bike trails are beginning to reopen. All visitor centres, cafes, toilets, and campsites remain closed.
- The playpark at Helix Park in Falkirk has now reopened.
- Most car parks and all toilets are now open in the Cairngorms National Park, and advice is for people to plan ahead before visiting by checking with providers and relevant estates before they travel.
Monday 6 July
- Enjoy outdoor hospitality, including beer gardens.
Friday 10 July
- Scotland moves to Phase 3 on the Scottish route map.
- Face coverings will now be compulsory in retail shops.
- People can meet in extended groups outdoors with physical distancing.
- Households can meet indoors with up to a maximum of two other households.
Monday 13 July
- Children and young people can play organised outdoor contact sports.
- You can visit shops inside shopping centres.
Wednesday 15 July
- Book a stay at any type of holiday accommodation.
- Eat out at restaurants and pubs indoors with new hygiene measures.
- Visit the hairdresser or barber.
- Go to museums, galleries, cinemas, monuments and libraries with new measures in place, including booking tickets in advance. Please make sure to check with individual providers to check opening times and information before your visit.
Timings to be confirmed:
- Use full services of public transport - but there will be limited capacity.
- Introduction of Phase 4 - with restrictions reviewed for gatherings, public transport, shopping and eating out, weddings and civil ceremonies, and events.