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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.

How to apply 

To apply to any of the VisitScotland Welcome Schemes, simply complete the application.

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. To apply for the Ancestral Welcome simply complete the online application form: genealogy support services

Ancestral scheme logo. Tree starting to grow buds in the centre of the image with the words 'ancestral welcome' forming the border

Ancestral Welcome criteria - all sectors

Published August 2019

Ancestral Welcome criteria - genealogy support services

Published August 2019

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 scheme logo with orange fish jumping out of blue river water and the words 'anglers welcome' forming the border

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 scheme logo with blue motorbike in the centre driving on a road with green grass behind and the words 'bikers welcome' forming the border

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 scheme logo with rough hand-drawing of a blond child and sunshine in the centre against a blue background with the words 'children welcome' forming the border

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 scheme with an classic red car in the centre on a road with the words 'classic cars welcome' forming the border

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 logo with a close up section of a blue bike wheel in the centre against a green background and the words 'cyclists welcome' forming the border

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.  

Experience Gaelic welcome scheme logo with gold celtic pattern in centre on top of purple square and the words 'experience gaelic / fiobraich gaidhlig' forming the border

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.

Fieldsports welcome scheme logo with mountains and grass in the middle of the square and an icon of a deer on the left of the image. The words 'fieldsports welcome' form the border

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 scheme logo with close up icon of golf ball on a tee with the head of a club lined up behind it. a white flag is behind that on a green background with the words 'golfers welcome' forming the border

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 scheme logo with the silhouettes of 5 people (from L-R one orange, pink, green, yellow and blue) on a dark blue background with the words 'groups welcome' forming the border

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 scheme logo with two brown paw prints on a paler brown background and the words 'pets welcome' forming the border

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 scheme logo with close up of a leg and foot wearing green trousers and blue shoe on a red background with the words 'walkers welcome' forming the border

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