Scottish Government current Coronavirus advice

We’ve spent the last few months only dreaming of visiting the Scottish Highlands, but it’s now time to turn these dreams into plans, and book your break to Scotland. With more information now available on what will open and at what stage, it should now be easier to plan your trip to Scotland for this year or next.

We have links to all the information you need on what you need to know – physical distancing guidelines and face coverings, what’s open, and other questions you might have on safety measures to keep you safe from Covid-19 on your Scottish trip.

 

WHAT EVERYONE NEEDS TO KNOW

As details seem to change on a daily basis this link will take you direct to the current Scottish advice and rules regarding the current Coronavirus pandemic.

Scottish Government

PHYSICAL DISTANCING

  • Keep a distance of 2 metres from anyone outside of your household (or your travel group) at all times.
  • The only exception is where a business has been allowed to reopen with a 1 metre distance between groups of people, but there should be additional safety measures in place.
  • If you go somewhere outdoors and it is too crowded to remain at a distance of 2 metres, please consider leaving and finding somewhere else to go.
  • Children aged 11 and younger do not need to physically distance indoors.

FACE COVERINGS

  • Face coverings are mandatory on public transport and in retail shops.
  • It’s also recommended you wear your face covering anywhere indoors that is difficult to maintain the recommended physical distance.
  • There are exceptions for some health conditions and for children under 5.

CHECK BEFORE YOU GO

  • Always check directly with a business before visiting – dates below are when a sector is allowed to reopen, but some businesses may need a little longer to prepare.
  • They will also be able to tell you if you need to book in advance, and what safety measures they have will be operating when you visit. Look out for the Good to Go scheme logo, which shows which businesses have carried out a Covid-19 risk assessment.

EXPLORING THE OUTDOORS

  • The Scottish Outdoor Access Code applies all year-round and offers some great tips and advice so that you can enjoy these spaces safely, and give staff the time and space they need to look after them properly.
  • Find out more advice on exploring the countryside of Scotland just now.

PLAN A HOLIDAY WITH ALL THE INFORMATION

DEVELOPING SYMPTOMS

  • If you develop Covid-19 symptoms while on holiday in Scotland, please self-isolate in your accommodation and follow the advice from the Scottish Government.

Dunbar Cliff Top Trail

WHAT BUSINESSES ARE OPEN NOW?

Remember to check with individual businesses before visiting, as some may need longer to reopen safely.

What makes visiting Scottish Highlands so unique?

Is it our love of whisky, kilts and ceilidhs? The monster at the bottom of our loch, or the prickly plant we use as our national symbol?

Music

Traditional Scottish music still reverberates around the country. You’ll hear street pipers blast the pipes, energetic fiddle sessions and the gentle melodies of folk songs echoing from inside pubs. So, what happens when you mix our traditional music with a spot of dancing?

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