A quick guide to making your application
How to apply to your local authority for your brown tourist sign
Check that you qualify as a tourist destination
A tourist destination is defined in traffic sign legislation* as a permanently established attraction or facility that:
- Attracts or is used by visitors to an area
- Is open to the public without prior booking during its normal opening hours
- Is recognised by VisitScotland.
*As defined by The Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions 2002
Join VisitScotland's Quality Assurance Scheme
To be eligible for signage, you must be part of our Quality Assurance Scheme.
Get your accreditation letter from VisitScotland
Before you apply for a brown tourist sign, you'll need an official accreditation letter from VisitScotland. To ask for an accreditation letter, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Apply to your Home Traffic Authority
Once you have your accreditation letter, you can make your application.
- Local roads: to your Home Traffic Authority - your local authority roads department
- Trunk roads or motorways, you'll need to apply to Transport Scotland