In light of the current Coronavirus crisis, many small businesses in the Scottish tourism industry are suffering. This is a list of Scottish tourism businesses who offer service, product and activity vouchers for Scotland. Support them if you can! #SaveTourism
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Postponing your trip instead of cancelling it can make a huge difference for activity providers and other businesses in the tourism sector.
And if you can, why not contribute to the upkeep of their cash flow by purchasing vouchers, gift boxes and other online products?
* Please note, that this list is a collection of businesses who offer vouchers that I collated via social media and other networks. I have not tried all of these activities listed here myself or am endorsing businesses in any way. I merely provide a platform for Scottish tourism businesses in need to be able to promote their services and activities to you, my readers.
Activity Vouchers for Scotland
From mountaineering and climbing to paddleboarding, coasteering and surfing, Ocean Vertical offers a variety of eco-friendly outdoor experiences all over Scotland. They have launched two different kinds of vouchers: one for summer or winter mountaineering in the Scottish mountains, and the other for their water activities + climbing. All vouchers are valid for 2 years and can be purchased on their website.
In Your Element
An activity provider with bases around the country, including Loch Lomond, Loch Ness and the Cairnsgorms. They offer a wide range of activities and their activity vouchers are valid for 2 years. I went canoeing with them on the River Beauly and River Sledging near Loch Lomond – loved it! Shop on their website.
An activity provider with multiple home bases all over Scotland, including Glencoe & Fort William area, Perthshire, Oban and the Fife coast. I received a voucher a few years ago and used it to climb Scotland’s only Via Ferrata near Glencoe! Activity vouchers can be purchased by getting in touch via their website.
Elizabeth Tindal, Dark Sky Ranger
A Dark Sky Ranger in the Galloway & Southern Ayrshire Biosphere who offers dark sky and stargazing walks, as well as lots of other family-friendly activities. Elizabeth took me on a Dark Sky Walk in November 2019 and I lernt so much, had tons of fun and had a fantastic experience. Get in touch with her via her website for activity vouchers.
Based in the Oban area, this husband and wife team, Max & Stacey from WayOutside offer guiding, coaching and training for outdoor swimming, trail running, hiking and cycling. Sounds like the perfect opportunity to pick up a new hobby and try one of these sports under professional guidance. Contact them for vouchers for one of their courses, retreats or coaching sessions.
A social enterprise that trains people who have experienced homelessness to become walking tour guides of their own city. They offer a variety of tours in Edinburgh, Glasgow, York, Manchester and Cardiff, including a feminist city tour of Edinburgh, a Trainspotting tour and a Crimes & Punishment tour in the Merchant City in Glasgow. They have an online shop with gifts and can also offer vouchers on request.
An award-winning activity provider based in the Cairngorms and Speyside area. They run all kinds of land, water and adventure activities including kayaking, mountain biking, rafting and pony trekking. They sell gift vouchers in their online shop.
An outdoor field archery centre 10 miles outside of Inverness. They offer archery lessons and instruction, but also fun experiences like woodland archery with 3D dinosaurs and zombies. Perfect for a family day out or a party with friends. They offer gift vouchers and gift boxes on their website.
Based near the Road to the Isles, WIldwood Bushcraft offers a range of survival skills experiences and weekend courses including bushcraft, foraging and navigation. Their coastal expeditions look like a lot of fun and a great way to get off the beaten track. Their vouchers can be bought for entire experiences or a set monetary value.
Edinburgh Boat Charter
Offers corporate and private boat charters with experienced skippers to go on boat trips on the east and west coast of Scotland. They also run a range of scheduled trips including day trips to the bridges across the Firth of Forth and bird islands like Bass Rock or the Isle of May. You can also book a learning experience to try sailing the boats yourself. Gift vouchers can be purchased online.
Vouchers for Wildlife Tours & Experiences
Basking Shark Scotland
Runs tours out of Oban and from the Isle of Coll to see the famous basking sharks off the west coast of Scotland. They offer day trips and multi-day expeditions to see sharks during the summer. Additionally, they also offer kayaking, snorkelling, standup paddling, wild swimming with seals, diving and free diving. Gift vouchers can be bought here and they also have an online shop with merch + goodies.
Based in Fife, Elite Falconry offers a variety of ways to engage with different kinds of birds of prey. Their experience options include flying with owls, hawks, falcons, vultures and eagles. Their vouchers are available online.
Scottish Accommodation Vouchers
Eco Nature Holidays, Cowal Peninsula
Offers eco-friendly self-catering accommodation and wildlife experiences in Argyll. There is a wildlife hide on site from where guests can observe native Scottish wildlife which is plenty in this rural part of Scotland. The accommodation is vegan-friendly. They offer vouchers – just get in touch with them via their website.
A family-run boutique B&B with a tranquil garden in Leith, Edinburgh. They have two generous suite rooms with great access to local amenities and all tourist attractions. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for vouchers.
Nithbank Country Estate, Thornhill
Nithbank is an award-winning country house B&B – a real luxurious retreat in the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere. They offer vouchers for stays at the B&B – the perfect last-minute Mother’s Day present and/or gift for your partner! Get in touch with them to enquire about vouchers.
PS: And read my blog post about things to do in the GSA Biosphere.
Loch Melfort Hotel, Arduaine
I got to experience a night at a luxurious suite at Loch Melfort myself last year and can only recommend supporting them now by purchasing one of their experience and gift vouchers. They offer monetary vouchers, but if you really want to treat yourself (or someone else), look at their food experiences (incl. afternoon tea or fine dining) and their accommodation packages.
Food & Drink Vouchers
A craft beer brewery in beautiful Stonehaven who sell two kinds of vouchers on their website. Digital gift vouchers can be used in the six°north online shop (merch + beer cases) while bar gift vouchers are valid at six°north bars in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen, as well as Dynamo bar in Dundee and the Marine Hotel in Stonehaven. Vouchers can be bought here.
The View, Oban
An Oban institution, The View plays host to traditional music nights, Ceilidh dances, live music gigs and food & drink experiences such as whisky tastings. Gift cards can be purchased here, which can be used for any of their events, concerts, dances, bar tabs and venue hire.
Clootie McToot Dumplings
This family-run dumpling shop is located in Abernethy (Speyside whisky region) and makes traditional clootie dumplings from fresh, local ingredients. The recipe has been passed down the generations, so you are in for something truly special! The dumplings are a traditional Christmas dish, but also taste yummy on a cheese board or with custard, cream or ice cream. They have an online shop and can also offer vouchers on request.
Crofters Music Bar Bistro
A family-run restaurant on the Isle of Arran specialising in live music, Scottish provenance and authentic hospitality. If you’ve ever been to Arran, you know they are an institution! They offer vouchers for meals, drinks and accommodation on their website and will also host some live streams of local music performances, online training sessions and live Q&As.
Scottish Online Shops to Support Now
A brand-new online shop that links to different online shops and businesses from around the Scottish Islands. Check out Isle20’s list of island shops and go shopping in the islands.