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Going the extra mile

If your business caters to visitors with specific needs or interests, then you might be interested in applying to one of our Welcome Schemes, which can guide those visitors to your door. They cover an array of visitor demographics from golfers to cyclists or those travelling with children for example. Basically anyone who may require special efforts and attention during their visit. 

All our Welcome Schemes have been developed by us in close consultation with experts in each individual field and are designed to complement our other Quality Assurance schemes. That’s organisations such as Mountaineering Scotland, Cycle Tourism Forum, and St Andrews Links Trust to name a few. 

You don’t have to take part in our Quality Assurance Schemes to apply, but we do ask that all applicants come equipped with a genuine desire to have a flexible and inclusive approach to accommodate their visitors’ diverse needs.

To apply to any of the VisitScotland Welcome Schemes, please complete the application form and return it to our Customer Service Team: customerservices@visitscotland.com.

Welcome Scheme application form for Quality Assured businesses

Published: March 2016

Welcome Scheme application form for non Quality Assured businesses

Published: March 2016

Ancestral

The Ancestral Welcome Scheme is available to accommodation providers, restaurants and visitor attractions who are knowledgeable, passionate and committed to meeting and exceeding, the needs of the ancestral visitors. 

The scheme is also open to professionals in the industry who provide family history or genealogy services.

Ancestral Welcome criteria - all sectors

Published: May 2016

Ancestral Welcome criteria - genealogy support services

Published: May 2016

Anglers

The Anglers Welcome Scheme is open to serviced, self catering, hostel, caravan and camping accommodation providers. The scheme recognises the special efforts made by businesses to provide for anglers.

Anglers Welcome criteria - serviced, self catering and hostel accommodation

Published: March 2016

Anglers Welcome criteria - caravan and camping accommodation

Published: March 2016

Bikers

The Bikers Welcome Scheme recognises the special efforts made by accommodation providers and visitor attractions to provide for motorcyclists. 

Bikers Welcome criteria - serviced, self catering and hostel accommodation

Published: March 2016

Bikers Welcome criteria - caravan and camping accommodation

Published: March 2016

Bikers Welcome criteria - visitor attractions

Published: March 2016

Children

The Children Welcome Scheme recognises the special efforts made by accommodation providers, visitor attractions and cafes/restaurants to provide for children and their families. 

Children Welcome criteria - serviced, self catering and hostel accommodation

Published: September 2016

Children Welcome criteria - caravan and camping accommodation

Published: September 2016

Children Welcome criteria - visitor attractions

Published: September 2016

Children Welcome criteria - cafes and restaurants

Published: September 2016

Classic cars

The Classic cars Welcome Scheme is for self catering and serviced accommodation providers as well as visitor attractions and garages who make additional effort to provide for visitors with classic cars. 

Classic cars Welcome criteria - self catering and serviced accommodation, visitor attractions and garages

Published: February 2017

Cyclists

The Cyclists Welcome Scheme recognises the special efforts made by accommodation providers, visitor attractions and cafes/restaurants to provide for visitors arriving with bikes. 

Cyclists Welcome criteria - serviced, self catering and hostel accommodation

Published: March 2016

Cyclists Welcome criteria - caravan and camping accommodation

Published: March 2016

Cyclists Welcome criteria - visitor attractions

Published: March 2016

Cyclists Welcome criteria - cafes and restaurants

Published: March 2016

Experiencing Gaelic

The Experiencing Gaelic Scheme/Fiosraich Gàidhlig recognises accommodation providers, visitor attractions and cafes/restaurants who make a special effort for visitors wanting to experience the Gaelic language and culture.  

Experiencing Gaelic criteria - all sectors

Published: April 2016

Field sports

The Field sports Welcome Scheme recognises the special efforts made by serviced and self catering accommodation providers to welcome visitors with an interest in field sports.

Field sports Welcome criteria - serviced and self catering accommodation

Published: March 2016

Golfers and visiting golfers

The Golfers Welcome Scheme is open to serviced, self catering, hostel, caravan and camping accommodation providers who provide for visitors with golf equipment. 

The Visiting Golfers Welcome Scheme is for golf clubs who accommodate visiting golfers.

Golfers Welcome criteria - serviced, self catering and hostel accommodation

Published: March 2016

Golfers Welcome criteria - caravan and camping accommodation

Published: March 2016

Visiting golfers Welcome criteria - golf clubs

Published: April 2016

Groups

The Groups Welcome Scheme is available to serviced, self catering and hostel accommodation providers who take special efforts to support groups of visitors. 

Groups Welcome criteria - serviced, self catering and hostel accommodation

Published: February 2015

Pets

The Pets Welcome Scheme recognises accommodation providers, visitor attractions and cafes/restaurants who make additional efforts to welcome visitors and their pets.

Pets Welcome criteria - all sectors

Published: September 2016

Walkers

The Walkers Welcome Scheme is available to accommodation providers, visitors attractions and cafes/restaurants who make special efforts to provide for walkers. 

Walkers Welcome criteria - serviced, self catering and hostel accommodation

Published: March 2016

Walkers Welcome criteria - caravan and camping accommodation

Published: March 2016

Walkers Welcome criteria - visitor attractions

Published: March 2016

Walkers Welcome criteria - cafes and restaurants

Published: March 2016