Scottish Highlands castles and whisky tour

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08 Sep 2019
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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Scottish Highlands castles and whisky tour

Environment

This guided tour has been carefully-designed to allow you to explore much of Scotland by train, travelling from Glasgow to Pitlochry via Stirling, Pitlochry to Aviemore and Stonehaven to Edinburgh. This new tour forms part of our ongoing initiative to increase our range of public transport holidays for those who actively choose low-carbon transport.

For us, true sustainability means promoting and maintaining a way of life in remote and often rural locations, and we ensure our business partners feel the same way before partnerships begin. All are carefully selected to ensure that they share our values of sustainable and responsible travel.

We are corporate members of the John Muir Trust, an organisation committed to protecting the Scottish Highlands and islands. We are also members of AITO, The Specialist Travel Association, and adhere to their strict code of conduct.

We predominantly market our holidays via the internet, meaning we minimise the amount of printed material we produce. Of course, we recycle any leftover marketing materials.

Community

We always choose, where possible to work with locally-owned and managed businesses in order to provide an authentic experience in each destination. All transfers and tours are conducted by local people who share our values and commitment to sustainable travel. Where possible, we only use small, usually family-owned accommodation in each location.

On this particular tour, both the castles and the distilleries visited are important local employers, key to the economy in towns and rural areas of Scotland, while the Speyside Cooperage is the only example of this ancient craft surviving in the UK.

The meals included in this tour are in locally owned accommodation, plus a welcome dinner in Glasgow and a farewell dinner in Edinburgh. Each menu focuses on local specialities, with ingredients coming from the local area as much as possible. We also provide the opportunity in this tour to sample local whiskies in Blair Athol Distillery, Benromach Distillery and Aberlour Distillery.

We strive to ensure that interaction with the local community is always at the heart of the experience. Within this tour, entry to Stirling Castle, Cawdor Castle, Ballindalloch Castle & Gardens and Dunnottar Castle is included, to help clients understand the history and culture of each locality.

We directly employ a small team in our central Glasgow office, who share our values of environmental and sustainable responsibility. Each member of staff undertakes at least two educational visits in a year, so we can always recommend and include the best local restaurants and experiences in our tours.

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