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Green & Eco-Friendly Businesses In Scotland

Examples of eco-friendly businesses in Scotland

Food & Drink

Galloway Gin Escape at Crafty Distillery, Newton Stewart

Crafty Distillery’s award-winning Hill & Harbour Gin gets its delicious taste from wild growing botanicals harvested by hand from the Galloway countryside. Create your own inventive cocktails and receive an in-depth tour of the distillery.

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Eden Mill Distillery, St Andrews

Order a glass of delicious gin or a dram from Scotland's first carbon-neutral distillery. Eden Mill's striking bottles are deliberately sized to reduce waste turnover and use nearly 20% less glass than the average drinks brand.

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Mharsanta, Glasgow

This restaurant works closely with local food and drink suppliers including Macsween Haggis, Graham's Dairy and The Fish People. They have also switched their takeaway orders to smarter packaging, made from extractions of juice and sugarcane.

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Loch Arthur Farm Shop & Café, Dumfries

Loch Arthur is part of a working community that looks after people with learning disabilities, many who work in the bustling café and shop. Everything served and on display is made using the finest organic ingredients, grown and reared on the farm, or sourced locally.

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MacKenzie's Farm Shop & Café, Shetland

Set on a family-owned croft that dates back centuries, the MacKenzie's serve and sell produce harvested and reared on their 36-hectare spread using the time-honoured practices of their forebears. You can experience what life is like on the croft during a stay in one of the two self-catering cottages at Nortower Lodges.

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Attractions

Dawyck Botanic Garden, Peebles

Learn about the importance and conservation of plant life on a tour of the UK's first carbon neutral botanic garden. Powered by hydro-electric energy generated from a nearby burn, the sleek building also has a heat conserving 'green roof' which retains the warmth provided by its biomass boiler.

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Inveraray Castle garden river

Inveraray Castle, Argyll

This romantic 18th century castle has a forward-thinking approach to sustainability. They provide a visitor charter for guests, to help you explore, shop and follow the Outdoor Access Code while visiting the area. Argyll Estates also boasts its own windfarm and biomass heating system.

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The National Museum of Rural Life, East Kilbride

See how this living history museum is looking to the future by partnering with Plan Bee to cultivate the local honeybee population, which ensures the vital pollination of farm crops with hives and the site's wildflower meadow. In the summer months, witness the colourful array of fragrant flower species which have been replanted to support the growth of bees and other essential insects.

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Tours

JP Orkney

This tour company based in Orkney is the only business of its kind to offer tours in a fully electric van, which also doubles as a campervan. Enjoy a drive around the magnificent islands free of carbon emissions in the Nissan E-NV200.

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Argyll Walking Holidays

This walking tour company is passionate about letting people access some of Scotland's most wild and remote places. To reduce the impact of their minibuses, they donate to Trees for Life which works towards restoring the ancient Caledonian forest of the Highlands.

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Beinn Eighe mountain trail

Scotland's UNESCO Trail

Our new UNESCO Trail brings together 13 designations across Scotland from the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere to the Shetland Global Geopark. The trail highlights sustainable businesses helping you to have an eco-friendly trip.

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Accommodation

Kirkennan Estate Holiday Cottages, Castle Douglas

This tranquil 15th century estate boasts three comfortable cottages upgraded to 21st century green standards. Feel the benefit of a suite of green features including biomass boilers, solar panels, and an air source pump. Explore acres of riverside woodland enriched by 5,000 newly planted trees, and an innovative organic waste composting system which nurtures the estate's biodiversity.

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Wildland Estates, Highlands

Wildland is the biggest conservation project in the UK. Witness first-hand how it is helping regenerate part of the Highlands during a stay at one of its three estates in Sutherland, Cairngorms National Park and Lochaber. Pick from an exquisite range of properties, from a coastal 'art hotel' to cosy cottages and lodges nestled in an ancient forest. Enjoy all kinds of outdoor adventures including e-bike rides, nature walks, 4×4 tours, pony picnics and more.

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Burmieston Steading, Perthshire

The Burmieston Farm's passion for sustainability goes beyond its buildings. It uses recycled plastic and sheep's wool for insulation and biomass and solar energy systems. The rooms are beautifully furnished with antiques and 'upcycled' furniture, while outside boxes for bats, owls and hedgehogs help support the wildlife.

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Lochranza Campsite, Arran

Set in a spacious clearing surrounded by dramatic glens, Lochranza is one of the most picturesque spots in Scotland to pitch a tent. You can also stay in one of the insulated pods. It has a 100% green energy tariff, and has taken steps to boost the biodiversity of the area so that it's teeming with red deer, birds, wildflowers, bees and red squirrels.

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Travel

Pentland Ferries, Orkney

Brough of Birsay

If you're heading to Orkney, hop onboard Scotland's most green ferry - MV Alfred - which uses an incredible 65% less energy and emits 62% less CO2 than other Scottish vessels of its size and type. Watch as stunning coastal vistas and seascapes glide by while relaxing in the sleek interior illuminated with energy efficient LED lighting.

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Outdoor Explore, Blairgowrie

The most environmentally friendly way to cruise around Scotland is in a man-powered canoe or kayak. Be extra eco-aware on your next paddle with this kayak tour company and join their free of charge 'Litter Free Paddles' and help tidy up some of Perthshire's loveliest waterways.

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Green Tourism scheme

The Green Tourism scheme helps businesses reduce their environmental impact by caring for people, places and our planet. They assess over 70 things including carbon, waste, biodiversity, local produce, ethical purchasing and equality.

The scheme works across all types of business from accommodation to attractions, activities to tours.

You can search our website for Green Tourism scheme businesses.

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