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Green Tourism

Green Tourism is an accreditation organisation founded in Scotland, originally developed through a partnership between VisitScotland and Green Business UK, who continue to develop and operate the scheme. Green Tourism is a well recognised award as well as being an important part of Scotland’s future towards a sustainable tourism destination.

Becoming a Green Tourism business is a great way of reducing not just your carbon footprint, but also utility, water and waste bills too. Plus, visitors are increasingly seeking out businesses and destinations with excellent green credentials, so what better way to display them than by joining Green Tourism and going for Gold?

Green Tourism Gold Award logo. Green oblong circle with the words 'Green Tourism Gold' with a green leaf at the 'i' of the word tourism.

Businesses are assessed by a qualified grading advisor against a set of criteria, covering a range of areas, including energy and water efficiency, waste management, biodiversity, community involvement and more. Businesses receive a Bronze, Silver, or Gold award based on their level of achievement

About the scheme

Established 1997

More than 20 years caring for people, places and the planet


members in the UK, Ireland and internationally


members in Scotland

How to apply for the Green Tourism Scheme

Green Tourism Scheme will help you reduce costs, improve your efficiency and increase your marketing potential, while also reducing the environmental impact of your business. In other words, help the environment, and help your business. You can also promote your award through the Green Tourism website, VisitScotland and various booking agencies.

Why not undertake their free 30 minute Green Check to see how your business is doing and what award you could achieve? There's no need to prepare as their helpful advisor will guide you.

For more information and to receive an application pack, please email, call 01738 632 162, or visit

David Bellamy Conservation Award

Holiday Parks can also apply for a David Bellamy Conservation Award for the work they do to the protect and enhance Scotland’s natural environment.

Parks  in the scheme are assessed regularly by the scheme’s team of local wildlife experts.

The assessors look at the steps parks are taking to:

  • Manage their land as a haven for wildlife
  • Reduce their use of energy, water and other resources
  • Reduce, reuse and recycle the waste they produce
  • Support their local communities.

To find out more about the David Bellamy Conservation Award email, call 01452 526 911, or visit the Bellamy Parks website