The browser you are using is out of date and is no longer supported. To view and use this site correctly, please update your browser to the latest version.

Green Tourism

Wild flowers at castle
Sustainability is at the heart of all that Historic Scotland does.  Within Properties in Care we conserve and maintain monuments across Scotland to ensure they will be enjoyed by future generations.

Please help us in our aims by looking at out Visitor Charter for guidance on responsible visiting.

PDF icon Historic Scotland Visitor Charter [pdf 50KB]

Green Tourism Business Scheme


As part of our commitment to sustainability and green issues most of our staffed sites are assessed under the Green Tourism Business Scheme, the leading sustainable tourism certification scheme in the UK.  This scheme assesses members against a rigorous set of criteria awarding Gold, Silver and Bronze awards as appropriate.  68 of our properties have been assessed under this scheme and we were awarded 37 gold and 31 silver awards.  A list of the Green Tourism Business Reports for Historic Scotland sites that have been assessed is available on our website.

The assessment focuses on a range of areas including waste management, energy usage, procurement and biodiversity.  We undertake sustainable practice where possible across all activities in our estate.  We also encourage visitors to our monuments to use public transport where possible.  Details of routes to our properties can be found on TravelineScotland and for cyclists on Sustrans.  At each of our staffed sites we have green visitor files which are full of useful information to help visitors make the most of the local environment.  Information will range from details of local cycling routes, cycle hire, farmers markets, wildlife factsheets to details of other local Green Tourism Business Scheme members.  If visitors are interested in providing feedback on our environmental efforts we have feedback forms within the green visitor file too.


Policies and Statements

All our properties within the scheme are individually assessed, however there are a number of policies and statements which are true for all our sites.  These are:


Our Catering Policy ensures our caterers work in a manner which minimises the impact on the environment, including, but not limited to:

  • The efficient use of energy;
  • The use of biodegradable cleaning materials;
  • The recycling of waste, including cans, bottles and plastic cups; and
  • The purchase of recycled items, when available.

PDF iconScottish Government: Integrating Sustainable Development into Procurement of Food and Catering Services [pdf, 295kb]




Green Tourism Business Scheme

gold and silver Green Tourism Business Awards

Find out more about the scheme