25 years of running small group walking tours to remote rural and island communities in Scotland - 10 things we’ve learnt!
|Lesson No 1.||Small Group sizes of 1 to 18 people - minimizing our impact to the environment and maximising benefits to remote communities.|
|Lesson No 2.||Less plastic please. Reusable packed lunches bags!|
|Lesson No 3.||And no plastic bottles. Reusable water bottles replenished from the cleanest sources!|
|Lesson No 4.||Small groups means small vehicles which means being able to access the remotest parts of Scotland.|
|Lesson No 5.||Sustaining 'lifeline' ferry services by visiting some of the smallest island communities in Scotland like Papa Stour (population 6).|
|Lesson No 6.||Dining on the islands - even if it means chartering a yacht home.|
|Lesson No 7.||Supporting local farmers and craftspeople, buying locally made textiles, jewellery, art and enjoy locally produced food.|
|Lesson No 8.||Supporting local wildlife boat tour operators like Thule Charters. Meet George the grey seal!|
|Lesson No 9.||Donations to local archaeological digs; like the Ness of Brodgar Archaeological site, sustained through annual donations and fundraising.|
|Lesson No 10.||Leave no trace; take only pictures and memories.|
Sustainable tourism supported through government - Green Tourism Gold Award, the highest award possible.