Coronavirus situation in Scotland
Update 29 May 2020
In March 2020, the Scottish Government imposed lockdown measures across the country and required all hotels, B&Bs, campsites, holiday parks, caravan sites and self-catering accommodation in Scotland to close to holidaymakers to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus.
On 29 May we moved into Phase 1 of the Scottish route map out of lockdown. A few restrictions have been lifted but under the current Government legislation, please do not travel to Scotland for a holiday.
In Phase 3 (possibly July or August) we are hoping that holiday accommodation will be allowed to re-open along with other tourism related businesses.
Currently, people in Scotland are advised not to travel more than 5 miles from home unless absolutely necessary. Tourist attractions, tourist information centres, restaurants, theatres and cinemas remain closed to the public. Public transport is operating on reduced schedules and at limited capacity due to social distancing. CalMac ferries to the west coast islands have a reduced timetable and can only be used for essential supplies or business by those who live on the islands. Many airports are running a reduced service only. Advance booking of trains is essential. Face coverings on public transport are advisable. Please see the Scottish Government public transport guidance.
The national tourist board has put together a useful summary of the various phases involved in the Scottish Government's route map for moving out of lockdown. See the VisitScotland summary.
Scotland's people have always been resilient, resourceful and creative. These assets have seen us through many challenges and we are sure we will all get through this challenging time if we can all work together.
Scotland will still be here for you in the future and we look forward to welcoming you back when travel restrictions are lifted and holidays can resume. In many areas of the Scotland, tourism is the lifeblood of the economy, so you will be helping whole communities by planning your visit at a future date. Many Scottish tourist businesses also help to support other local businesses by sourcing produce from local farmers, butchers and other food suppliers.
In this frequently changing situation, please click here for the latest Scottish Government advice. Please note that this information may be different to the situation in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The hospitality of the Scottish people is legendary, but at this challenging time, we would prefer everyone to stay safe.
We hope you will choose to support our local businesses and look forward to welcoming you to Scotland when it is safe for us all to do so in the future.