For travelling sustainably in Scotland
Before you leave
Turn heating down or off, switch off the tv and other appliances. Ditch the printer, and use travel apps for tickets and travel documents.
Use genuine travel providers
Research environmental practices for hotels and tour companies. Watch for ‘greenwashing’ and notice how they approach wildlife and local communities. There are so many organisations adopting real sustainable policies. Support them! See my recommendations for places to stay, eat and visit.
Think outside the box
Over-tourism is a global problem. In Scotland, look for alternatives to popular attractions, or see my Bucket List – a collection of How to See … posts on visiting busy places with minimum impact. If you can, visit fewer places and spend longer in each, exploring less well-know destinations and landmarks.
Have a good look through your wardrobe … you’re probably have the clothes you need for your holiday already. Mountains of unwanted clothes are discarded every year, many bought for a holiday and used once. If you do need something, look for second-hand items or ones made from eco-friendly materials. In Scotland, you need clothes for all weather – but it’s not high fashion – so anything will do! The same goes for your suitcase. Keep your old one going until it gives in! Then buy something super-light to cut down on fuel costs.
Embrace slow travel
Enjoy public transport, take the train, cycle or walk. If you rent a car, think about an electric or hybrid model. When you do fly, choose airlines with a real track record in sustainability.
Cut back on plastic
Always carry a water bottle, reusable cup and a tote bag. Scottish Water has lots of top-up points throughout the country. Use refillable toiletries, hard soap and multi-use razors. Aim for a zero-waste holiday!
Support local communtiies
Many locals rely on money from visitors to survive. Locally owned businesses have a vested interest in protecting their environment and wildlife. Huge corporations don’t. Local hotels, restaurants, tour guides and visitor attractions are also much more authentic.
If you are buying souvenirs (and think first if you actually need them), support locals, choose things made from sustainable materials and NEVER buy plastic or animal products.
Think about carbon off-setting
Reducing emissions is a key factor in sustainable travel, so off-setting is more of a last resort. But definitely better than nothing 🙂
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