🔵⚪🔴 21 umweltfreundliche Orte für Ihren nächsten Urlaub in Schottland – Trouver des clients


In Schottland gibt es unglaubliche Landschaften, seltene Lebensräume, unberührte Ecken und scheue Tierarten, die Sie nur in Schottland entdecken können. Mit endlosen Wäldern, Berglandschaften und grünen Weiten ist Schottland ein wahres Paradies, das Sie das ganze Jahr über besuchen und genießen können.

Jetzt, da nachhaltiger und verantwortungsvoller Tourismus immer wichtiger wird, haben wir einige der besten umweltfreundlichen Orte in Schottland für Sie zusammengestellt. Schauen Sie bei Ihrer nächsten Reise vorbei und übernachten Sie in umweltfreundlichen Unterkünften, die alle vom Green Tourism Award entweder mit Bronze, Silber oder Gold ausgezeichnet wurden. All diese großartigen Unternehmen haben Anpassungen vorgenommen, um umweltfreundlicher zu werden und ihren Beitrag zum Erhalt der einmaligen schottischen Landschaft zu leisten. Von Recycling und Solarenergie bis hin zu Ladestationen für Elektroautos und der Zusammenarbeit mit Unternehmen aus der Region, diese Unternehmen sind die Vorreiter auf dem Weg zu einem nachhaltigeren Schottland.

Accommodation

Glamping & Camping

Camping is a great way to get back to nature and is already a great green option for staying in Scotland. Here are some campsite and glamping parks that have gone the extra mile to offer sustainable nature tourism.

1. The Lazy Duck, Nethybridge

Tucked away in the lush landscapes of the Cairngorms National Park, The Lazy Duck is situated just 20 minutes from Aviemore, but with all the dense Caledonian Pine Forest surrounding you, you’ll feel like you’re a whole world away from the city. Cosy up in one of three eco mountain huts; The Woodman’s Hut, The Duck’s Nest and The Lambing Bothy, perfect for a couple’s getaway. Bring your pals and stay in the rustic bunkhouse (sleeps 5), or pitch up in the four-tent campsite for a back to nature escape.

Nearby, you’ll have hundreds of things to see, do and experience, from mountain biking trails, and Munros to conquer, to a range of watersports, horse riding, and even The Reindeer Centre, to name a few. It’s a true haven for the outdoor enthusiasts!

Dedicated to creating an organic and eco-friendly place to say, The Lazy Duck has been growing for decades and strives to source products and services responsibly; promoting local communities and businesses, and reducing the amount of waste they send to landfill by composting, recycling, re-using and upcycling. They are also active in taking responsibility for the local environment too, including the care of wildlife, forests and moorlands, as well as prioritising the well-being of their staff and guests.

2. Black Isle Permaculture & Arts

Relax in a self-catering cabin at Black Isle Permaculture & Arts in the glorious surroundings of the Highlands near Dingwall. Offering a bespoke timber cabin which combines eco-friendly features, a dash of artistic design, and an authentic charm, it’s the perfect choice if you’re looking to experience simple living. Siskin Cabin accommodates up to two people – great for a solo weekend away or a couple’s retreat. Recharge on the outdoor decking and soak up the tranquil atmosphere of the Scottish woodland, as well as the many birds and animals you may hear too.

Since 2012, owners Clive and Julie, have been making lasting and sustainable changes to how they run their cosy cabin, with their sustainable habits creating a thriving habitat for people, plants, trees and animals alike.

3. Haven: Craig Tara Holiday Park, Ayr

A great choice for a family holiday, Craig Tara Holiday Park is situated on the sparkling Ayrshire coast. Just a stone’s throw from the beach, enjoy coastal days out splashing in the crisp sea or making sandcastles until your heart’s content. Onsite, there are plenty of activities and facilities that will keep you and the little ones entertained all day, including the adventure village, a heated indoor pool, adventure golf course, segways and much more. There is even an onsite supermarket for everyday essentials, meals, hot snacks and souvenirs to take away with you.

Head out of the park and you’ll be met with dozens of golden sandy beaches, rugged Ayrshire coastline, family experiences and more to enjoy. If you have a furry four-legged friend in your family, not to worry. Craig Tara is dog-friendly so your pooch can enjoy the family holiday too!

Haven have various holiday parks situated across Scotland and have gone the extra step to make sure you enjoy a greener holiday that benefits the environment, and your wellbeing. From fresh air and more green spaces across their parks, to reducing their carbon footprint through energy efficiency measures, and being members of The Wildlife Trust.

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Self-Catering Farm Stays & Cottages

If you fancy something a little closer to home, a cosy self-catering option or a rustic, eco-friendly cottage may be the choice for you.

4. Brecks Barn, Orkney

Enjoy a stay in this characterful farm cottage on the magnificent island of Orkney. Brecks Barn is a spacious accommodation option that has room for up to 6 people across three bedrooms, complete with a sun lounge, fantastic views, free Wi-Fi and everything you need for a relaxing self-catering getaway with friends or family. With hundreds of things to see and explore on Orkney, you’ll never be lost for something to do. From the Old Man of Hoy and Skara Brae, to the UNESCO Heart of Neolithic Orkney and the Ring of Brodgar, to name a few.

Boasting a four-star accreditation as well as a Silver Green Tourism Award, Brecks Barn is committed to helping the environment through carbon off-setting. In 2010 they planted 6,000 trees on the farm, and they are now planting one tree per booking to help off-set the carbon emitted whilst travelling to and from the farm. The planting takes place in autumn and spring and guests can even help out with the planting if you fancy.

5. Burmieston, Perth

Experiencing life on a farm doesn’t have to be just a dream. Nestle into a stay in a renovated farm steading in the glorious landscapes of Perthshire that can sleep up to 12 adults across 5 bedrooms – perfect for those big get-togethers. Complete with everything you need for a self-catering stay, including a play barn with a table tennis set-up, you’ll have friendly chickens, ducks, sheep and geese as your next-door neighbours, as well as immense panoramic views to wake up to each morning. Your welcoming host can also organise on and offsite activities, including archery, paddleboarding, kayaking and walking, to name a few, and with no TV or Wi-Fi, it’ll be a true digital detox.

Burmieston steading was renovated using as many recycled and eco-friendly materials as possible, as well as small everyday choices leading to a greater positive impact on the environment. From using bagless teabags and baking soda and vinegar for cleaning (instead of harsh chemicals), to LED lightbulbs, using their own spring water, and supporting locals artists and businesses, Burmieston is doing great things to help the environment.

6. Home Farm Cottage, Stranraer

Tucked away in the glorious south west corner of Dumfries & Galloway, Home Farm Cottage offers a quaint stay in the countryside surrounded by lush greenery and the tranquil atmosphere of Corsewall Estate. Immerse yourself in the historic woodland that encompasses this cute, gingerbread style cottage – a perfect base if you’re looking to explore the region and beyond. Featuring 3 bedrooms (sleeps 5) and a rustic log burning stove, this newly renovated self-catering spot boasts an ideal getaway option for couples and families alike. Indulge in home comforts, enjoy a barbeque on the rear patio in summer, and wander through the forest trails or explore the area by bike.

Committed to running their estate as eco-friendly as possible, they generate their own electricity in excess of what they consume, for heating fuel they use wood chip bio-mass fuel off setting and exceeding any limited oil consumption they have.  All water is also sourced from a historic spring. Also home to two wind turbines, this allows the estate to be carbon neutral, in terms of electrical energy consumption.

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Luxury

Indulge in a luxury getaway at a country estate or grand hotel for a truly relaxing sustainable place to stay surrounded by Scotland’s stunning scenery.

7. Carberry Tower Mansion House & Estate, East Lothian

This magnificent mansion house is set in 35-acres of beautiful grounds in East Lothian. A grand estate which was once a childhood holiday home for the Queen, you can guarantee the finest of luxury stays here. Just picture tree-lined driveways, sweeping lawns and landscaped walkways, all of which create the ideal space for outdoor activities such as archery, falconry and laser clays. Enjoy a stay fit for royalty with Carberry Tower and choose from 30 elegantly appointed en-suite bedrooms, many of which still feature their original fireplaces and working shutters.

East Lothian also offers hundreds of incredible things to do, beaches to explore and coastal cuisine delights to try on your stay here.

8. The Torridon Hotel, by Achnasheen

Combine grand luxury with a sense of adventure at The Torridon Hotel. Situated amongst 58 acres of dramatic scenery at the end of Loch Torridon, you’re in the best place possible if you want to experience the thrills of Scotland’s outdoor activity scene, then end the day relaxing in the luxury of a Victorian retreat. Originally built as a shooting lodge in 1887, The Torridon has been restored into a beautiful hotel, featuring 18 individually-designed bedrooms with Victorian-style opulence set against contemporary palettes and furnishings.

From biomass energy and natural spring water, to 60% of produce used grown in The Torridon Farm and Kitchen Garden, to gifting wildflower seeds as you leave that you can plant to help the bee population, The Torridon Hotel is committed to self-sufficiency and helping the environment thrive.

9. Mackay’s Hotel, Wick

Bring your pooch along to this dog-friendly, cosy getaway in the northern corners of mainland Scotland. Located just 16 miles from the most northern point in Scotland, John O’Groats, Mackay’s Hotel is the perfect place to be if you’re looking to uncover the untouched, ancient landscapes of Caithness and beyond to the Orkney Isles. Wick is an ideal spot for a romantic getaway or weekend break from the city, with superior king-size beds where you can recharge and relax in this pretty corner of Scotland. You’ll be in a warm and welcoming atmosphere in this boutique hotel, with each room offering ensuite facilities, free Wi-Fi, and amenities for your canine companion too.

Mackay’s Hotel are proud owners of a Gold Green Tourism Award, and are eco-conscious with every decision they make in running their lovely hotel. They also offer a Tesla charging point for drivers that want to be that little bit more eco-friendly too.

10. Kingshouse Hotel, Glencoe

Located in one of Scotland’s most iconic landscapes, it would be hard to say no to an eco-friendly stay in Glencoe. Nestled just 40 minutes away from Fort William, choose from over 50 delightful rooms to suit all tastes and preferences, whether it’s a mountain or river view, or you want to get to know the friendly neighbours: the deer. After a day of exploring ancient mountains and dramatic surroundings, what better way to warm up than in front of a crackling fire, accompanied with beers, single malts and delectable dishes made from only the best locally-sourced food?

Kingshouse Hotel is also dog-friendly, so bring your canine companion along and get exploring many famed attractions and great things to do, such as Buchaille Etive Mor, the West Highland Way and more.

Find more Luxury & Boutique Green Hotels in Scotland.

Things to See, Do & Visit

If you already have your accommodation sorted, why not explore the range of eco-friendly things to do Scotland has to offer? From historic centres and museums, to castles and even exhilarating outdoor activities, there will be something for everyone to enjoy.

Museums

11. National Museum of Rural Life, East Kilbride

Head west to East Kilbride to the National Museum of Rural Life. Here you can explore a historic working farm and learn all about the land, people and ways of working that have shaped Scotland’s rural history. Browse the extensive collection of tractors, combine harvesters and other farming machinery, and see how they’ve developed and changed throughout the years. Head out for a walk around the museum and farm and say hello to the array of farm animals along the way; from cattle, pigs, sheep and hens, to Sooty, the farm cat, patrolling the farmyard.

Before you leave, stop off at the award-winning café on site for delicious home-baked good, teas, coffees and more to tuck into.

12. The Devil’s Porridge Museum, Dumfries & Galloway

Situated near Annan in Dumfries & Galloway, The Devil’s Porridge Museum offers a fascinating insight into HM Factory Gretna. Once the largest munitions factory in the world during the First World War, you can explore how this once quiet rural town became a hub of wartime activity. The museum features displays and exhibitions that feature artefacts, information panels, film and audio, photographs and stories that bring this dramatic period of Scotland’s history to life.

Kids can get involved in dressing up, interactive games, ‘factory pass’ stamping, and a Kids Zone. Whilst the adults might prefer looking in detail at the history of WW1; from the trenches and the processes within the Gretna Factory, to the Women’s Police Service and the Chapelcross Nuclear PowerStation.

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Castles

13. Dumbarton Castle

Perched on the River Clyde just a 30 minute drive from Glasgow, Dumbarton Castle is one of Scotland’s greatest strongholds. Featuring breathtaking views over the Clyde, Loch Lomond and the surrounding area of Argyll, the castle also features a dramatic position atop coastal cliffs –  Dumbarton Rock was once an active volcano some 350 million years ago. Peruse the intricate examples of 18th century Georgian military architecture and enjoy stunning views from the Tower Crag, explore the fascinating connections to the Vikings and Scottish Wars of Independence, and you can learn about the many fortifications and defence strategies along the interactive family trail.

Historic Environment Scotland, who manage Dumbarton Castle and many other attractions across Scotland, are passionate and committed to protecting the environment. With eco-friendly things to do, they strive to be as sustainable as they can in the running of their locations, and encourage visitors to use public transport when travelling to their attractions too.

14. Castle of Mey, Thurso

Head to the very northern corner of mainland Scotland to the Castle of Mey in Thurso where you can explore the former home of Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother. Situated on the north coast of Caithness, the castle boasts an immense vantage point with stunning views across the Pentland Firth, and on a clear day you can even see over to the Orkney Isles. The castle is also home to a romantic garden, surrounded by the 12ft high Grey Wall of Mey that protects the shrubbery and plants from the high winds and salt spray. Wander around the grounds and gardens, taking in the magnificent architecture of the castle, the tranquil atmosphere, and soak in the fascinating history and stories of the area too.

In 1996, Her Majesty gifted the castle to The Queen Elizabeth Castle of Mey Trust who are proud owners of a Gold Green Tourism Award. The trust is dedicated to monitoring and reducing their impact on the environment through a number of measures, including energy efficient lighting, recycling waste, purchasing local produce, and encouraging the use of public transport.

15. Doune Castle, Stirling

 This striking 14th century courtyard castle in Stirling will truly take you back in time. You may recognise or have heard of Doune Castle for its starring role as Winterfell in Game of Thrones, as well as Outlander and Monty Python, but there is so much more history to be explored behind its walls. Marvel at the intricate architecture and design across the castle that was once built for the Regent Albany and admire the views from the battlements over the River Teith and towards the Menteith Hills and Ben Lomond. Bring your own phone and headphones to tune into the audio guides to learn more about the castle and its history as you wander around.

Another Historic Environment Scotland site, they are dedicated to protecting the environment. They strive to be as sustainable as they can in the running of their locations, and encourage visitors to use public transport when travelling to their attractions too.

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Outdoor Activities

16. Go Ape, Aberfoyle

Find your sense of adventure with a trip to Go Ape in the picturesque Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park. Embrace your inner Tarzan with treetop courses and exhilarating zip lines surrounded by the stunning natural beauty of mountains, rivers, lochs and dense forests. Home to two of the longest zip lines in the UK, fly over trees and waterfalls for a true adrenaline rush. Bring the family or head out for a day with your friends, everyone is guaranteed a fun-filled outing.

Go Ape also has course in the Scottish Borders and Aberdeen too.

As these locations are situated in beautiful and valuable environments, Go Ape are serious about caring for and preserving these areas. Specialists have been involved from the start when designing the treetop course to make sure they are as low impact as possible to the trees and environment. Braces rather than bolts are used to grip the trunk and to rest the platform on, which are inspected regularly and loosened to allow the tree to continue growing. The courses are also friendly to the wildlife in the areas, and Go Ape uses local goods and services for the production and maintenance of the courses too.

17. Lochter Activity Centre & Fishery, Aberdeenshire

Organise an exciting break away full of outdoor activities and fun experiences that the whole family will love. Situated in the north east of Scotland, Lochter Activity Centre offers a range of things to do, from go-karting on the outdoor track, clay pigeon shooting, and archery, to segways, a zip line, water zorbing and so much more. The centre also offers a selection of packages including a variety of activities, so you can make the most of your adventure holiday.

If you fancy a more laidback getaway, why not try your hand at a spot of fishing? With three lochs -Muckle Trout, Osprey and Heron – together there is approximately 20 acres of water for fishing, stocked with beautiful rainbow trout.

18. Highland Safaris Cycling, Aberfeldy

You can’t beat a trip to Perthshire when it comes to outdoor activities. Highland Safaris offer a range of outdoor activities, including mountain safaris, walking trips, a red deer centre and more. They also provide bike hire and an array of mountain biking trails that take in the incredible landscapes and terrain of Aberfeldy. If you want to get out on your bike but are keen to try out skills and tricks, why not explore the Bike Trax? Perthshire’s first purpose built Mountain Bike Skills Loop features fun-filled bike trail wynds, twists, turns and is full of exciting obstacles too.

Highland Safaris are passionate about providing an amazing outdoor experience for visitors, whilst having a minimal impact on the environment. They have long-term relationship with Dun Coilich, a local community woodland, where they operate a practical and measurable carbon offset scheme. They are also members of Wild Scotland, and being based in Perthshire’s ‘Big Tree Country’, they are working hard to preserve this ancient corner of Scotland.

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Places to Eat

19. The Scottish Café & Restaurant, Edinburgh

Enjoy a trip to the capital where The Scottish Café & Restaurant serves up delicious, locally-sourced and sustainably-produced food with a menu that showcases the best artisan dishes from around Scotland. Nestled in the centre of Edinburgh by The Mound, stop in for a warming tea or coffee, lunch, or a tasty bite to eat when catching up with friends. Boasting incredible views over Princes Street Gardens and the Scott Monument, it’s a great place to admire the beauty of Edinburgh while treating yourself to a delectable dish or two.

The Scottish Café & Restaurant aims to help the environment by sourcing the best locally produced ingredients that don’t skip out on quality, minimise water use and waste production, and endeavour to find a secondary use for all waste materials, or recycle where re-use is not possible.

20. Locavore, Glasgow

Head west to the bustling city of Glasgow for a sustainable bite to eat at Locavore. Located near Pollockshields, this unique spot is the only fully organic place to eat out within the city and boasts mouth-watering food that is sustainable and freshly prepared from scratch in the kitchen every day. With a range of dishes on offer, including a special which changes every day, there are also plenty of options for vegan and vegetarian eaters too.

Locavore is very considerate and conscious when it comes to the environment and their impact. By 2023 they plan to further reduce their carbon production and be net carbon-negative. With their Veg Boxes being a huge success, they’ve had to expand to use vehicles for delivery, but since the beginning of 2020 they have introduced electric vans which, combined with a new route-planning software, has allowed them to significantly reduce CO2 emissions.

21. The Three Chimneys, Isle of Skye

Our islands are immaculate places to visit, often with hidden gem restaurants and places to eat too. The Three Chimneys is a true delight on the Isle of Skye and offers up an exquisite menu featuring some of the world’s freshest and most beautiful ingredients. Home to an authentic and natural larder, Skye is the perfect place to source fresh, local food that is inspected to the highest quality before being cooked to perfection in a range of tasty dishes.

Proud owner of a Silver Green Tourism Award, The Three Chimneys aim to ensure that their unique location on the stunning Isle of Skye is preserved for visitors and the local community for years to come by reducing their impact on the environment. From working closely with their suppliers to reduce carbon emissions, and sourcing all food locally or within Scotland, to using eco-friendly cleaning products and recycling materials wherever possible.

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🔵⚪🔴 Is Chicopee site eyed for an industrial park actually a conservation area? – Exemples Landing Page


CHICOPEE — Neighbors are hoping a paper trail dating back more than a half-century will block the development of an industrial park off Fuller Road and preserve biking and hiking trails for generations to come.



a group of people riding on the back of a bicycle: From left, Eva Dion, Jill Remillard, Mark Dion and Andre Remillard, all of Chicopee, ride bikes through trails off Slate Road. Neighbors are trying to block Westover Metropolitan Development Corp. from building an industrial park on the land.


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From left, Eva Dion, Jill Remillard, Mark Dion and Andre Remillard, all of Chicopee, ride bikes through trails off Slate Road. Neighbors are trying to block Westover Metropolitan Development Corp. from building an industrial park on the land.

A proposal by the quasi-public Westover Metropolitan Development Corp. to change the zoning for the property, officially known as 0 Fuller Road, kicked off a six-month battle with neighbors who believe the land was protected decades ago.

A quest for information about the land, sometimes referred to as the Slate Conservation Area, prompted residents to comb through decades-old deed records and newspaper articles, and sent city officials to the basement vault at City Hall to sift through handwritten meeting minutes from the 1960s.



a sign on the side of a road: "Save Slate Conservation Area" signs can be seen along Slate Road in Chicopee.


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“Save Slate Conservation Area” signs can be seen along Slate Road in Chicopee.

“It is a grand mystery at the moment,” said city planner Lee Pouliot, who is tasked with searching for answers in old municipal records.

The issue became so contentious that Mayor John L. Vieau held a press conference in early June to address “false information” swirling around about the site. The mayor said he would post all municipal records about the parcel on the city’s website in an effort to answer questions and quash rumors.



a group of people posing for the camera: From left, Glen Buckley, Mary Hayner and Tom Fournier stand in Buckley and Hayner's Slate Road backyard, which borders a 57-acre parcel of land sold for industrial park development. They argue the property was protected by the Board of Aldermen in 1969.


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From left, Glen Buckley, Mary Hayner and Tom Fournier stand in Buckley and Hayner’s Slate Road backyard, which borders a 57-acre parcel of land sold for industrial park development. They argue the property was protected by the Board of Aldermen in 1969.

A few days before the mayor’s announcement, the City Council unanimously supported a resolution to try to buy back the property — which it unanimously voted to sell 12 years earlier for use as an industrial park.

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“It is just common sense. The land never should have been sold,” said Ward 6 Councilor Derek Dobosz, the resolution’s sponsor, who represents the neighborhood where the land is located. “I wanted to change the city’s intention, instead of developing it to put it towards conservation.”

The issue began in March 2008 when Westover Metropolitan Development Corp. started negotiating with the city to buy a 57-acre parcel of land that runs from the Massachusetts Turnpike to Westover Metropolitan Airport. The land abuts Chicopee State Park on one side and the backyards of Slate Road residents on the other.

Two years earlier, an inventory of all city-owned property identified the 57 acres as developable. A home builder looked at it for residential subdivision, and it was considered as a potential site for a casino. State Rep. Joseph F. Wagner then recommended it be sold to Westover Development, said Michael D. Bissonnette, mayor from 2006-13.



a man standing next to a window: Mary Hayner, of Slate Road in Chicopee, shows T-shirts the Slate Conservation Alliance has printed as part of their fight to save a 57-acre parcel of property at 0 Fuller Road which the city sold to Westover Metropolitan Development Corp. to develop as an industrial park. Neighbors argue old records show it may be conservation land.


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Mary Hayner, of Slate Road in Chicopee, shows T-shirts the Slate Conservation Alliance has printed as part of their fight to save a 57-acre parcel of property at 0 Fuller Road which the city sold to Westover Metropolitan Development Corp. to develop as an industrial park. Neighbors argue old records show it may be conservation land.

“The mayor wanted to develop the property and we both recognized there were many significant impediments,” said Wagner. “It is fragmented and access and egress were difficult.”

It made sense to sell the property to development experts, and going with Westover Development still gave the city some control, Wagner said.

The City Council endorsed the plan, and Bissonnette worked out a deal that would allow Westover Development to buy the acreage and join it with about 30 acres it already owned and several other smaller properties it was negotiating to buy from private owners. The plan was to create a 110-acre industrial park to be named Airpark South.

In December 2008, the City Council unanimously approved selling the land for $1.45 million. Six months later, at an official check-passing ceremony, Westover Development officials said the industrial park would bring more than 1,000 jobs and an estimated $1 million in annual tax revenue.

Officials called it a rare opportunity to have such a large tract of land to develop so close to the Mass Pike and Interstate 291. At the time of the sale, then-City Council President William Zaskey said, “I think it’s a great advantage to the city to be able to develop a parcel of land that has been unused for years. … It’s a good opportunity for the city to bring in more taxes.”

Today, neighbors argue the land has been well used for decades as an off-the-books extension of Chicopee Memorial Park. High school cross country teams train there often, mountain bike clubs meet there weekly and hikers trek through there regularly.

“We are looking to get the word out. There are so many people that walk through here who are not residents of the neighborhood,” said Mary Hayner, a Slate Road resident. “This isn’t a neighborhood issue. This is a citywide issue, and we want to make sure the entire city is aware of the history of the property and (that) it has been used as open space since at least 1969.”

Residents opposed to the development have formed the Slate Conservation Area Alliance, created a website and Facebook page, and gathered more than 800 signatures on a petition. They have also printed T-shirts with the outline of the property.

In their months of research, they found several intriguing references. One, they say, shows the land may have been preserved by the Board of Aldermen in 1969 and never should have been sold. Official records showing more information about the vote were not found, however, and extensive searches may be needed to determine if they exist at all.

In 2008, there was little to no opposition to the sale and no mention that the property was conservation land. Michael Bolton, president of Westover Metropolitan Development Corp., asks why this is happening now, after the company has spent thousands of dollars in grant funds on planning and other work to develop the property.

“I don’t know. I was in middle school at the time of the sale,” said Dobosz, who is now working with the neighbors to protect the land.

Residents claim they were not told about the sale at the time. However, Bissonnette and Allan W. Blair, retired president of the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts, who headed up the process to purchase the property, held at least two press conferences about the project. The land sale was the subject of multiple newspaper articles in 2008 and 2009. Further articles about the proposed Airpark South were published in The Republican from time to time.

Surplus land

Westover Development was created in 1974 to help Chicopee, Ludlow and Granby develop about 2,500 acres of surplus property when Westover Air Reserve Base downsized. Over 40 years the corporation attracted about 50 businesses to the three communities, and it also manages the Westover Metropolitan Airport, the civilian airport.

Typically Westover Development acquires property, builds infrastructure including roads and utilities, and then markets the lots as shovel-ready parcels. Communities benefit by the jobs created and tax money earned.

The corporation purchased 0 Fuller Road with Federal Aviation Administration mitigation money, funds granted to airports to prevent homes from being built near airplane runways.

A fair market appraisal was conducted and set the price at $1,45 million, which was required under the FAA grant. The money was deposited into a city fund and later used to purchase the St. Patrick’s School when it closed, Bissonnette said.

Westover Development spent years planning Airpark South, seeking funding for planning and environmental studies and negotiating the purchase of other parcels.

It wasn’t until the corporation sought to change the parcel’s zoning classification late last year that neighbors realized the area may not be protected.

Neighbors were notified by mail of meetings about the zone change. They have asked repeatedly why they did not receive similar notifications when the land purchase took place 12 years earlier.

The city requires abutters within 300 feet of the property line to be notified of zone change requests. There is no similar notification requirement for the sale of land.

Residents lobbied the Planning Board to reject the zone change, arguing having huge industrial buildings in their backyards would impact their quality of life and reduce their property values. They talked about the bears, bobcats and bald eagles seen on the land.

The Planning Board voted 5-0 in January to recommend the zone change. But the City Council’s Zoning Subcommittee agreed with the neighbors and recommended against it.

In early March, the full council voted 12-0 to reject the zone change, with one member abstaining. The council also took the unusual step of refusing Westover Development’s request to withdraw its petition before the vote.

That vote bars the corporation from seeking a similar zone change for two years. If it had been allowed to withdraw the plan, the agency could have resubmitted it at any time.

“We are now looking at all our options,” said Bolton, who dismissed rumors that Westover Development may clear-cut the land.

Bolton argued Westover Development received plenty of support for the project until public opinion shifted. In 2018 it received a $255,200 state site readiness program grant to help plan Airpark South, and a year later it received a second $850,000 state grant to acquire four adjacent parcels. Both grants were administered by MassDevelopment.

But there were earlier indications the City Council’s support for the project was waning. In 2015, then-Mayor Richard J. Kos proposed allocating $425,000 from the city’s stabilization account to help Westover Development prepare the land for businesses, but the proposal failed to get the necessary nine votes from the council. The Ward 6 councilor at the time said he would prefer that the land be left undeveloped.

Bolton disputes that the property was ever officially set aside as conservation land. When residents brought up the fact that people have used the property for years for hiking and mountain biking, he said they were doing it without the corporation’s authorization.

In the weeks after the City Council rejected the zone change, no trespassing signs were installed at entrances to the property on Slate Road.

“We did a thorough title search, and we took out title insurance when we bought the land,” Bolton said. “It was all filed at the (Hampden County) registry of deeds, and there was nothing different about it.”

Pouliot confirmed city lawyers also conducted a thorough title search before selling the land and found no conservation restrictions.

“This is what we are up against,” said Hayner, one of the Slate Road residents. “Nothing was formally written down. Nothing was formally protected, and the intent is clear from the newspaper articles at the time. But how do you get current administration to honor the wishes of the past and the promises made?”

Historical records

Articles in The Republican’s archives show there was an effort decades ago to put 42 acres of land, described as having the same basic boundaries as the property sold to Westover Development, into some type of conservation.

A Springfield Union article dated April 14, 1969, outlines the Conservation Commission’s plan to ask then-Mayor Richard Demers to turn the property into an outdoor educational center.

“The area would be similar to the area established by Mayor Demers adjacent to the state boat landing on the Connecticut River, and which is kept in its natural state for nature lovers,” the article said.

The land was called the “Buena Vista Preserve” in the articles. Deed records show at least part of the 42 acres was originally called the “Buena Vista Lot” and was acquired by the city in 1932 for nonpayment of taxes.

A second article published in December 1969 says the Conservation Commission’s first project for the land was to create a nature trail. Boy Scouts volunteered to help design the trail and erect signs identifying species of trees and plants.

Commission Chairman Leslie A. Fournier “outlined plans in the wake of the aldermanic approval of Mayor Demers’ recommendation to transfer jurisdiction of the land to the commission,” the article said.

There was no full article found about the Board of Alderman vote, but a paragraph in a Holyoke Transcript-Telegram story dated Nov. 20, 1969, says: “The Board adopted a resolution to allow the Conservation Commission to use the 42-Buena Vista property for a nature center.”

Demers took out a political advertisement in the Springfield Daily News on Oct. 4, 1969, saying: “No one enjoys paying taxes but We Do Enjoy the saving of natural areas. The Chicopee Meadows and Slate Road ‘green spots’ insure no matter how much concrete is poured our city will always have areas as nature intended.”

The neighbors were alerted to the 1960s conservation efforts by Tom Fournier, whose father was on the commission when he was a young child. His father died about a year ago, and Fournier said he has been trying to track down other former members to no avail.

Neighbors hired a lawyer, but many residents have been doing their own research, and funnel their findings to Glen Buckley, who lives with Hayner.

“(The lawyer) is mostly for fact-finding,” Hayner said. “We are trying to find out was it ever conserved and they are doing an actual title search for us and see where it went sideways.”

No one is certain when the Conservation Commission stopped being involved in the land. A 1983 news article mentions it continued to control the property. In recent years maintenance of the land has been left to people who use it, like the bike clubs who often are seen leaving with trash they find on the trails.

“I think it was left to the citizens. I know groups have gone in and cleaned up and we have reported illegal dumping,” Hayner said.

The neighbors aren’t the only ones trying to figure out the history of the property.

Pouliot has found handwritten Conservation Commission meeting minutes that date to 1960, but going through them is time-consuming. He is also looking for meeting minutes for the Board of Aldermen.

Meanwhile, the City Council is pursuing another avenue to preserve the land, beginning with the effort to buy back the land. In support of Dobosz’s resolution, Councilor Joel McAuliffe said it is proper to try to fix past mistakes, but it won’t be easy.

“Whatever your position is on (Westover Development) they are an injured party in the sense that they bought this land with expectations and arrangements made with the city that the city now has gone back on,” McAuliffe said. “Don’t expect them to offer it to us for a fair price or even a price that we would welcome.”

The city could take the land by eminent domain, but that would involve significant litigation, McAuliffe said. He notes he was one of the few people to speak against the proposal back in 2008, when he was a teenager.

If the city purchased the property back, Westover Development would be required to return to the FAA the $1.45 million used to buy the land. The corporation is also limited by guidelines that call for the land to serve as a noise buffer to the runway, said Arlene Salac, FAA spokeswoman.

At his press conference, Vieau did not state a position about the property, saying his goal was just to clear up “misconceptions, false information and conjecture.”

For example, he said the city has no nondisclosure agreements with potential developers. He also said the $30 million the city is receiving from the American Rescue Plan cannot be used to purchase the land.

“Right now Westover Metropolitan Development Corp. does not have the property up for sale so I don’t think it is an option at this particular time to say the city is looking to purchase property that is not for sale,” Vieau said.

When asked what he would like to do with the land, Vieau was not specific: “The mayor’s office really would like to see something happen that is in the best interest of the city of Chicopee.”

This week, Vieau said he has talked to trustees of Westover Development and said a compromise may be possible. It might allow some of the land set aside for Airpark South — especially property the corporation owns outside of the acreage it purchased from the city — and some of it to be preserved. He said a land swap involving the property is off the table for now.

Bolton did not return calls for further comment.

Vieau also refuted months-old rumors that Amazon.com was interested in developing some of the property, saying a Facebook post was the only source he’d seen for that information.

The mayor confirmed a bottling company and a last-mile delivery company made basic inquiries with the city about possible development, neither of which was tied to a particular parcel, and at least one of which was several years ago.

On a recent Sunday afternoon, Mark and Eva Dion were riding their bikes through the Slate Road area and were saddened to learn the property might be developed. They said their daughter frequently runs on the trails and they ride their bikes there often.

“We have a lot of industrial land in Chicopee but not a lot of wilderness,” Mark Dion said.

“I hope it doesn’t happen,” Eva Dion added.

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🔵⚪🔴 21 umweltfreundliche Orte für Ihren nächsten Urlaub in Schottland – Trouver des clients


In Schottland gibt es unglaubliche Landschaften, seltene Lebensräume, unberührte Ecken und scheue Tierarten, die Sie nur in Schottland entdecken können. Mit endlosen Wäldern, Berglandschaften und grünen Weiten ist Schottland ein wahres Paradies, das Sie das ganze Jahr über besuchen und genießen können.

Jetzt, da nachhaltiger und verantwortungsvoller Tourismus immer wichtiger wird, haben wir einige der besten umweltfreundlichen Orte in Schottland für Sie zusammengestellt. Schauen Sie bei Ihrer nächsten Reise vorbei und übernachten Sie in umweltfreundlichen Unterkünften, die alle vom Green Tourism Award entweder mit Bronze, Silber oder Gold ausgezeichnet wurden. All diese großartigen Unternehmen haben Anpassungen vorgenommen, um umweltfreundlicher zu werden und ihren Beitrag zum Erhalt der einmaligen schottischen Landschaft zu leisten. Von Recycling und Solarenergie bis hin zu Ladestationen für Elektroautos und der Zusammenarbeit mit Unternehmen aus der Region, diese Unternehmen sind die Vorreiter auf dem Weg zu einem nachhaltigeren Schottland.

Accommodation

Glamping & Camping

Camping is a great way to get back to nature and is already a great green option for staying in Scotland. Here are some campsite and glamping parks that have gone the extra mile to offer sustainable nature tourism.

1. The Lazy Duck, Nethybridge

Tucked away in the lush landscapes of the Cairngorms National Park, The Lazy Duck is situated just 20 minutes from Aviemore, but with all the dense Caledonian Pine Forest surrounding you, you’ll feel like you’re a whole world away from the city. Cosy up in one of three eco mountain huts; The Woodman’s Hut, The Duck’s Nest and The Lambing Bothy, perfect for a couple’s getaway. Bring your pals and stay in the rustic bunkhouse (sleeps 5), or pitch up in the four-tent campsite for a back to nature escape.

Nearby, you’ll have hundreds of things to see, do and experience, from mountain biking trails, and Munros to conquer, to a range of watersports, horse riding, and even The Reindeer Centre, to name a few. It’s a true haven for the outdoor enthusiasts!

Dedicated to creating an organic and eco-friendly place to say, The Lazy Duck has been growing for decades and strives to source products and services responsibly; promoting local communities and businesses, and reducing the amount of waste they send to landfill by composting, recycling, re-using and upcycling. They are also active in taking responsibility for the local environment too, including the care of wildlife, forests and moorlands, as well as prioritising the well-being of their staff and guests.

2. Black Isle Permaculture & Arts

Relax in a self-catering cabin at Black Isle Permaculture & Arts in the glorious surroundings of the Highlands near Dingwall. Offering a bespoke timber cabin which combines eco-friendly features, a dash of artistic design, and an authentic charm, it’s the perfect choice if you’re looking to experience simple living. Siskin Cabin accommodates up to two people – great for a solo weekend away or a couple’s retreat. Recharge on the outdoor decking and soak up the tranquil atmosphere of the Scottish woodland, as well as the many birds and animals you may hear too.

Since 2012, owners Clive and Julie, have been making lasting and sustainable changes to how they run their cosy cabin, with their sustainable habits creating a thriving habitat for people, plants, trees and animals alike.

3. Haven: Craig Tara Holiday Park, Ayr

A great choice for a family holiday, Craig Tara Holiday Park is situated on the sparkling Ayrshire coast. Just a stone’s throw from the beach, enjoy coastal days out splashing in the crisp sea or making sandcastles until your heart’s content. Onsite, there are plenty of activities and facilities that will keep you and the little ones entertained all day, including the adventure village, a heated indoor pool, adventure golf course, segways and much more. There is even an onsite supermarket for everyday essentials, meals, hot snacks and souvenirs to take away with you.

Head out of the park and you’ll be met with dozens of golden sandy beaches, rugged Ayrshire coastline, family experiences and more to enjoy. If you have a furry four-legged friend in your family, not to worry. Craig Tara is dog-friendly so your pooch can enjoy the family holiday too!

Haven have various holiday parks situated across Scotland and have gone the extra step to make sure you enjoy a greener holiday that benefits the environment, and your wellbeing. From fresh air and more green spaces across their parks, to reducing their carbon footprint through energy efficiency measures, and being members of The Wildlife Trust.

Find more Green Camping & Glamping in Scotland.

Self-Catering Farm Stays & Cottages

If you fancy something a little closer to home, a cosy self-catering option or a rustic, eco-friendly cottage may be the choice for you.

4. Brecks Barn, Orkney

Enjoy a stay in this characterful farm cottage on the magnificent island of Orkney. Brecks Barn is a spacious accommodation option that has room for up to 6 people across three bedrooms, complete with a sun lounge, fantastic views, free Wi-Fi and everything you need for a relaxing self-catering getaway with friends or family. With hundreds of things to see and explore on Orkney, you’ll never be lost for something to do. From the Old Man of Hoy and Skara Brae, to the UNESCO Heart of Neolithic Orkney and the Ring of Brodgar, to name a few.

Boasting a four-star accreditation as well as a Silver Green Tourism Award, Brecks Barn is committed to helping the environment through carbon off-setting. In 2010 they planted 6,000 trees on the farm, and they are now planting one tree per booking to help off-set the carbon emitted whilst travelling to and from the farm. The planting takes place in autumn and spring and guests can even help out with the planting if you fancy.

5. Burmieston, Perth

Experiencing life on a farm doesn’t have to be just a dream. Nestle into a stay in a renovated farm steading in the glorious landscapes of Perthshire that can sleep up to 12 adults across 5 bedrooms – perfect for those big get-togethers. Complete with everything you need for a self-catering stay, including a play barn with a table tennis set-up, you’ll have friendly chickens, ducks, sheep and geese as your next-door neighbours, as well as immense panoramic views to wake up to each morning. Your welcoming host can also organise on and offsite activities, including archery, paddleboarding, kayaking and walking, to name a few, and with no TV or Wi-Fi, it’ll be a true digital detox.

Burmieston steading was renovated using as many recycled and eco-friendly materials as possible, as well as small everyday choices leading to a greater positive impact on the environment. From using bagless teabags and baking soda and vinegar for cleaning (instead of harsh chemicals), to LED lightbulbs, using their own spring water, and supporting locals artists and businesses, Burmieston is doing great things to help the environment.

6. Home Farm Cottage, Stranraer

Tucked away in the glorious south west corner of Dumfries & Galloway, Home Farm Cottage offers a quaint stay in the countryside surrounded by lush greenery and the tranquil atmosphere of Corsewall Estate. Immerse yourself in the historic woodland that encompasses this cute, gingerbread style cottage – a perfect base if you’re looking to explore the region and beyond. Featuring 3 bedrooms (sleeps 5) and a rustic log burning stove, this newly renovated self-catering spot boasts an ideal getaway option for couples and families alike. Indulge in home comforts, enjoy a barbeque on the rear patio in summer, and wander through the forest trails or explore the area by bike.

Committed to running their estate as eco-friendly as possible, they generate their own electricity in excess of what they consume, for heating fuel they use wood chip bio-mass fuel off setting and exceeding any limited oil consumption they have.  All water is also sourced from a historic spring. Also home to two wind turbines, this allows the estate to be carbon neutral, in terms of electrical energy consumption.

Find more Green Self-Catering and Cottages in Scotland.

Luxury

Indulge in a luxury getaway at a country estate or grand hotel for a truly relaxing sustainable place to stay surrounded by Scotland’s stunning scenery.

7. Carberry Tower Mansion House & Estate, East Lothian

This magnificent mansion house is set in 35-acres of beautiful grounds in East Lothian. A grand estate which was once a childhood holiday home for the Queen, you can guarantee the finest of luxury stays here. Just picture tree-lined driveways, sweeping lawns and landscaped walkways, all of which create the ideal space for outdoor activities such as archery, falconry and laser clays. Enjoy a stay fit for royalty with Carberry Tower and choose from 30 elegantly appointed en-suite bedrooms, many of which still feature their original fireplaces and working shutters.

East Lothian also offers hundreds of incredible things to do, beaches to explore and coastal cuisine delights to try on your stay here.

8. The Torridon Hotel, by Achnasheen

Combine grand luxury with a sense of adventure at The Torridon Hotel. Situated amongst 58 acres of dramatic scenery at the end of Loch Torridon, you’re in the best place possible if you want to experience the thrills of Scotland’s outdoor activity scene, then end the day relaxing in the luxury of a Victorian retreat. Originally built as a shooting lodge in 1887, The Torridon has been restored into a beautiful hotel, featuring 18 individually-designed bedrooms with Victorian-style opulence set against contemporary palettes and furnishings.

From biomass energy and natural spring water, to 60% of produce used grown in The Torridon Farm and Kitchen Garden, to gifting wildflower seeds as you leave that you can plant to help the bee population, The Torridon Hotel is committed to self-sufficiency and helping the environment thrive.

9. Mackay’s Hotel, Wick

Bring your pooch along to this dog-friendly, cosy getaway in the northern corners of mainland Scotland. Located just 16 miles from the most northern point in Scotland, John O’Groats, Mackay’s Hotel is the perfect place to be if you’re looking to uncover the untouched, ancient landscapes of Caithness and beyond to the Orkney Isles. Wick is an ideal spot for a romantic getaway or weekend break from the city, with superior king-size beds where you can recharge and relax in this pretty corner of Scotland. You’ll be in a warm and welcoming atmosphere in this boutique hotel, with each room offering ensuite facilities, free Wi-Fi, and amenities for your canine companion too.

Mackay’s Hotel are proud owners of a Gold Green Tourism Award, and are eco-conscious with every decision they make in running their lovely hotel. They also offer a Tesla charging point for drivers that want to be that little bit more eco-friendly too.

10. Kingshouse Hotel, Glencoe

Located in one of Scotland’s most iconic landscapes, it would be hard to say no to an eco-friendly stay in Glencoe. Nestled just 40 minutes away from Fort William, choose from over 50 delightful rooms to suit all tastes and preferences, whether it’s a mountain or river view, or you want to get to know the friendly neighbours: the deer. After a day of exploring ancient mountains and dramatic surroundings, what better way to warm up than in front of a crackling fire, accompanied with beers, single malts and delectable dishes made from only the best locally-sourced food?

Kingshouse Hotel is also dog-friendly, so bring your canine companion along and get exploring many famed attractions and great things to do, such as Buchaille Etive Mor, the West Highland Way and more.

Find more Luxury & Boutique Green Hotels in Scotland.

Things to See, Do & Visit

If you already have your accommodation sorted, why not explore the range of eco-friendly things to do Scotland has to offer? From historic centres and museums, to castles and even exhilarating outdoor activities, there will be something for everyone to enjoy.

Museums

11. National Museum of Rural Life, East Kilbride

Head west to East Kilbride to the National Museum of Rural Life. Here you can explore a historic working farm and learn all about the land, people and ways of working that have shaped Scotland’s rural history. Browse the extensive collection of tractors, combine harvesters and other farming machinery, and see how they’ve developed and changed throughout the years. Head out for a walk around the museum and farm and say hello to the array of farm animals along the way; from cattle, pigs, sheep and hens, to Sooty, the farm cat, patrolling the farmyard.

Before you leave, stop off at the award-winning café on site for delicious home-baked good, teas, coffees and more to tuck into.

12. The Devil’s Porridge Museum, Dumfries & Galloway

Situated near Annan in Dumfries & Galloway, The Devil’s Porridge Museum offers a fascinating insight into HM Factory Gretna. Once the largest munitions factory in the world during the First World War, you can explore how this once quiet rural town became a hub of wartime activity. The museum features displays and exhibitions that feature artefacts, information panels, film and audio, photographs and stories that bring this dramatic period of Scotland’s history to life.

Kids can get involved in dressing up, interactive games, ‘factory pass’ stamping, and a Kids Zone. Whilst the adults might prefer looking in detail at the history of WW1; from the trenches and the processes within the Gretna Factory, to the Women’s Police Service and the Chapelcross Nuclear PowerStation.

Find more museums.

Castles

13. Dumbarton Castle

Perched on the River Clyde just a 30 minute drive from Glasgow, Dumbarton Castle is one of Scotland’s greatest strongholds. Featuring breathtaking views over the Clyde, Loch Lomond and the surrounding area of Argyll, the castle also features a dramatic position atop coastal cliffs –  Dumbarton Rock was once an active volcano some 350 million years ago. Peruse the intricate examples of 18th century Georgian military architecture and enjoy stunning views from the Tower Crag, explore the fascinating connections to the Vikings and Scottish Wars of Independence, and you can learn about the many fortifications and defence strategies along the interactive family trail.

Historic Environment Scotland, who manage Dumbarton Castle and many other attractions across Scotland, are passionate and committed to protecting the environment. With eco-friendly things to do, they strive to be as sustainable as they can in the running of their locations, and encourage visitors to use public transport when travelling to their attractions too.

14. Castle of Mey, Thurso

Head to the very northern corner of mainland Scotland to the Castle of Mey in Thurso where you can explore the former home of Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother. Situated on the north coast of Caithness, the castle boasts an immense vantage point with stunning views across the Pentland Firth, and on a clear day you can even see over to the Orkney Isles. The castle is also home to a romantic garden, surrounded by the 12ft high Grey Wall of Mey that protects the shrubbery and plants from the high winds and salt spray. Wander around the grounds and gardens, taking in the magnificent architecture of the castle, the tranquil atmosphere, and soak in the fascinating history and stories of the area too.

In 1996, Her Majesty gifted the castle to The Queen Elizabeth Castle of Mey Trust who are proud owners of a Gold Green Tourism Award. The trust is dedicated to monitoring and reducing their impact on the environment through a number of measures, including energy efficient lighting, recycling waste, purchasing local produce, and encouraging the use of public transport.

15. Doune Castle, Stirling

 This striking 14th century courtyard castle in Stirling will truly take you back in time. You may recognise or have heard of Doune Castle for its starring role as Winterfell in Game of Thrones, as well as Outlander and Monty Python, but there is so much more history to be explored behind its walls. Marvel at the intricate architecture and design across the castle that was once built for the Regent Albany and admire the views from the battlements over the River Teith and towards the Menteith Hills and Ben Lomond. Bring your own phone and headphones to tune into the audio guides to learn more about the castle and its history as you wander around.

Another Historic Environment Scotland site, they are dedicated to protecting the environment. They strive to be as sustainable as they can in the running of their locations, and encourage visitors to use public transport when travelling to their attractions too.

Find more castles.

Outdoor Activities

16. Go Ape, Aberfoyle

Find your sense of adventure with a trip to Go Ape in the picturesque Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park. Embrace your inner Tarzan with treetop courses and exhilarating zip lines surrounded by the stunning natural beauty of mountains, rivers, lochs and dense forests. Home to two of the longest zip lines in the UK, fly over trees and waterfalls for a true adrenaline rush. Bring the family or head out for a day with your friends, everyone is guaranteed a fun-filled outing.

Go Ape also has course in the Scottish Borders and Aberdeen too.

As these locations are situated in beautiful and valuable environments, Go Ape are serious about caring for and preserving these areas. Specialists have been involved from the start when designing the treetop course to make sure they are as low impact as possible to the trees and environment. Braces rather than bolts are used to grip the trunk and to rest the platform on, which are inspected regularly and loosened to allow the tree to continue growing. The courses are also friendly to the wildlife in the areas, and Go Ape uses local goods and services for the production and maintenance of the courses too.

17. Lochter Activity Centre & Fishery, Aberdeenshire

Organise an exciting break away full of outdoor activities and fun experiences that the whole family will love. Situated in the north east of Scotland, Lochter Activity Centre offers a range of things to do, from go-karting on the outdoor track, clay pigeon shooting, and archery, to segways, a zip line, water zorbing and so much more. The centre also offers a selection of packages including a variety of activities, so you can make the most of your adventure holiday.

If you fancy a more laidback getaway, why not try your hand at a spot of fishing? With three lochs -Muckle Trout, Osprey and Heron – together there is approximately 20 acres of water for fishing, stocked with beautiful rainbow trout.

18. Highland Safaris Cycling, Aberfeldy

You can’t beat a trip to Perthshire when it comes to outdoor activities. Highland Safaris offer a range of outdoor activities, including mountain safaris, walking trips, a red deer centre and more. They also provide bike hire and an array of mountain biking trails that take in the incredible landscapes and terrain of Aberfeldy. If you want to get out on your bike but are keen to try out skills and tricks, why not explore the Bike Trax? Perthshire’s first purpose built Mountain Bike Skills Loop features fun-filled bike trail wynds, twists, turns and is full of exciting obstacles too.

Highland Safaris are passionate about providing an amazing outdoor experience for visitors, whilst having a minimal impact on the environment. They have long-term relationship with Dun Coilich, a local community woodland, where they operate a practical and measurable carbon offset scheme. They are also members of Wild Scotland, and being based in Perthshire’s ‘Big Tree Country’, they are working hard to preserve this ancient corner of Scotland.

Find more outdoor activities.

Explore more Green Tourism things to do and experience in Scotland.

Places to Eat

19. The Scottish Café & Restaurant, Edinburgh

Enjoy a trip to the capital where The Scottish Café & Restaurant serves up delicious, locally-sourced and sustainably-produced food with a menu that showcases the best artisan dishes from around Scotland. Nestled in the centre of Edinburgh by The Mound, stop in for a warming tea or coffee, lunch, or a tasty bite to eat when catching up with friends. Boasting incredible views over Princes Street Gardens and the Scott Monument, it’s a great place to admire the beauty of Edinburgh while treating yourself to a delectable dish or two.

The Scottish Café & Restaurant aims to help the environment by sourcing the best locally produced ingredients that don’t skip out on quality, minimise water use and waste production, and endeavour to find a secondary use for all waste materials, or recycle where re-use is not possible.

20. Locavore, Glasgow

Head west to the bustling city of Glasgow for a sustainable bite to eat at Locavore. Located near Pollockshields, this unique spot is the only fully organic place to eat out within the city and boasts mouth-watering food that is sustainable and freshly prepared from scratch in the kitchen every day. With a range of dishes on offer, including a special which changes every day, there are also plenty of options for vegan and vegetarian eaters too.

Locavore is very considerate and conscious when it comes to the environment and their impact. By 2023 they plan to further reduce their carbon production and be net carbon-negative. With their Veg Boxes being a huge success, they’ve had to expand to use vehicles for delivery, but since the beginning of 2020 they have introduced electric vans which, combined with a new route-planning software, has allowed them to significantly reduce CO2 emissions.

21. The Three Chimneys, Isle of Skye

Our islands are immaculate places to visit, often with hidden gem restaurants and places to eat too. The Three Chimneys is a true delight on the Isle of Skye and offers up an exquisite menu featuring some of the world’s freshest and most beautiful ingredients. Home to an authentic and natural larder, Skye is the perfect place to source fresh, local food that is inspected to the highest quality before being cooked to perfection in a range of tasty dishes.

Proud owner of a Silver Green Tourism Award, The Three Chimneys aim to ensure that their unique location on the stunning Isle of Skye is preserved for visitors and the local community for years to come by reducing their impact on the environment. From working closely with their suppliers to reduce carbon emissions, and sourcing all food locally or within Scotland, to using eco-friendly cleaning products and recycling materials wherever possible.

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🔵⚪🔴 10 US Loyalty Programs That Put Experience First – Design Landing Page


There is no shortage of U.S. loyalty programs, but not every program is built with the customer experience in mind. That’s why we’re looking at ten loyalty and membership programs that take a unique approach to customer experience and value. These programs get to the heart of what customers want, and deliver.

1. Shop your way with The Nordy Club

Why the experience stands out

When it comes to US loyalty programs, you simply can’t skip over luxury department store chain, Nordstrom. Nordstrom fans are true shoppers. When you visit a Nordstrom location, you have a huge selection of product categories at your fingertips. So it makes sense that a US loyalty program like theirs ensures members can spend their points however they want to.

If a member wants to use their Nordstrom Notes on shoes, so be it. On cosmetics? Great! This cash-back system lets Nordstrom customers design their own experience and choose their own rewards.

US Loyalty Program Nordy Club explaining how the program worksThe Nordy Club combines points, tiers and credit card bonuses. Though the rewards are cash back, Nordy Club ensures engagement with enticing benefits and regular point bonuses campaigns.

Loyalty logic and program design

Members earn one point per every dollar spent, no matter how they pay for their purchases. However, if members use a Nordstrom credit or debit card, they double their earnings. The program has three tiers, Member, Influencer and Ambassador. Higher tier members earn even more points when they use their Nordstrom credit cards.

There are also regular bonus points days and campaigns in the program, as well as personal double points days, so when a member is in the mood for a trip to the store, they can get double points all day.

One thousand points translates into a $10 Nordstrom Note, which can be spent freely at Nordstrom, Nordstrom Rack or Nordstrom Trunk Club.

Getting the goods: rewards

You won’t find a traditional rewards catalog here. Nordy members can spend their Notes on any products online or in stores.

To keep things exciting, however, there are a lot of promotions, highlighting specific brands, product categories and products throughout the year.

Nordy club showing how reward redemption works on mobileThe Nordy Club is a sophisticated program with a number of ways for customers to earn additional points. For example, customers can earn Notes faster when they use the iOS app.

2. Be entertained for hours with Disney Movie Insiders

Why the experience stands out

Movie lovers everywhere are getting rewarded for what they love to do… watch movies!

From a business standpoint, Disney Movie Insiders helps the entertainment giant learn about customers they previously weren’t able to identify. By allowing members to upload their tickets, they’re now able to see who has seen Disney, Pixar, Marvel Studios and Star Wars movies at their local theaters.

The frontpage benefits of Disney loyalty program membershipDisney Movie Insiders is a US loyalty program fully focused on entertainment. The program highlights movies at home and in theaters, and rewards customers for enjoying the Disney+ streaming platform, too.

Loyalty logic and program design

Flexibility is the name of the game. The program is designed to include Disney fans, no matter where or when they prefer to watch their movies.

For those who enjoy a trip to the theater, Members can earn points for their movie tickets or linking to partner accounts, such as Fandango. And for those who prefer to watch movies at home, members can enter codes from select DVDs, Blu-Ray, Digital and Disney+ Premier Access Purchases to earn points.

Movie Insiders also promotes their mobile app, offering members a point bonus for downloading the app.

Getting the goods: rewards

Members of the program can use their points to get movie vouchers, concessions, gift cards, collectibles, partner discounts and more.

The elegantly designed rewards catalog includes rewards for everyone. At the time of writing, there were 0-point and 5-point rewards available. So, even fans who are at the very beginning of their Insiders journey have something to get excited about right away. This is a great way to ensure engagement from the start, decreasing the likelihood that some members will register and forget about the program.

The benefits of using the app of Disney Movie Insider programDisney Movie Insiders promotes the smooth loyalty experience that customers will get by downloading the app, and offering interactive content that can’t be found elsewhere.

3. Enjoy the great outdoors with REI Co-op membership

Why the experience stands out

REI, the omnichannel outdoor gear, clothing and footwear retailer has a paid membership program that takes a different approach to loyalty. It is unique in its approach to the community of customers, content, and aligning with customer values.

The main loyalty program page of REI Co-op programPaid membership programs, like REI Co-op membership, work for brands offering a lot of exclusive services or a valuable community space.

Loyalty logic and program design

The program costs $20 to join, but unlike many popular subscription-based loyalty programs, Co-op membership lasts a lifetime. At the time of writing, REI was also offering a $20 member bonus card to use toward the next purchase, easing any customer concerns about the initial fee.

The program is designed around a “member dividend”, rather than traditional rewards. Typically this is based on 10% of your spend at REI, however there are products, such as sale items and adventure travel, that don’t count toward your dividend.

There is also a used gear trade-in program, which aligns with member values surrounding protecting the environment and working toward a circular economy.

Finally, as an outdoor community, Membership highlights the forum as a benefit, where members can share their experiences, tips, inspiration, jokes and more.

Membership perks explained for REI Co-op loyalty program membersREI Co-op Membership is built around community building, customer values, and a permanent discount.

4. Get gorgeous with Ulta and Ultamate Rewards

Why the experience stands out

The U.S.-based cosmetics retailer and beauty services provider has a very enticing set of benefits, spread out over three tiers: Member, Platinum and Diamond.

There’s also ultra-convenient with a mobile app that lets you try makeup looks virtually, search for products at specific store locations, order online and pick up in-store.

US Loyalty Program Ultamate Rewards explaining the rulesUltamate Rewards makes it look fun and simple to start earning points and spending them freely on your favorite things, giving customers more control of their own experience.

Loyalty logic and program design

Ultamate Rewards is a point-based and tier-based program, which is ultimately based on spend. Members in the first tier earn one point per dollar spent, and the point multiplier increases as members move up to the second and third tiers. Higher-tier members get to keep their points forever, with no expiration date.

All members get a free birthday gift and double points during their birthday month, while top tier members get everyday free shipping for orders over a $25 minimum and an annual $25 beauty service rewards card.

Getting the goods: rewards

Points are converted into a cash-value amount that can be used on products and services at Ulta. This is another program that lets customers take the reins and design their own reward experience. For companies that decide to take a cash-back approach like Nordstrom and Ulta, offering free samples is a great way to ensure that customers still get a taste of new products that you want to highlight.

Tiered benefits table for Ultamate RewardsUltamate Rewards has three tiers and clearly shows customers the benefit of becoming a member and earning Platinum and Diamond status.

5. Sail like royalty with Royal Caribbean International’s Crown & Anchor® Society

Why the experience stands out

Cruise line Royal Caribbean International’s loyalty program, Crown & Anchor Society really goes all out when it comes to tiers. They have built the program to really value their top customers. For example, members who reach the top Pinnacle tier have the chance to dine with an Officer on board and get priority seating at events, among many other benefits that give the feeling of exclusivity.

This is a program that knows how to make members feel special.

Loyal Caribbean International’s Crown & Anchor® Society program showing its loyalty benefitsFrom well-worded promotion to an exclusive line for inquiries, Crown & Anchor Society is really well-positioned to make cruise-goers feel special.

Loyalty logic and program design

Customers become members automatically once they complete their first cruise. For each night they spend sailing, they earn a Cruise Point, and double points for nights spent in suites. Royal Caribbean Visa cardholders can spend money on their everyday needs to earn even more points.

The more points members earn, the higher their tier, and the more benefits they earn.

Getting the goods: rewards

Though, logically, most of the rewards revolve around on-board discounts, special welcome gifts, lounge access, dedicated service lines and vouchers, there are also on-land rewards, too, such as perks from hotel and rental car partners.

Two exciting elements that really help members feel that they’re in an exclusive community are the special event access and physical rewards, such as lapel pins, which let members show off their well-sailed status.

Royal Caribbean International’s Crown & Anchor® Society tier groupsRoyal Caribbean International keeps it simple with automatic enrollment in the program, but keeps the loyalty journey interesting with six tiers and a range of unique benefits.

6. Push your boundaries with Nike Membership

Why the experience stands out

Sportswear giant Nike has taken “community” to a new level with a series of member-exclusive apps, aimed at runners, fitness enthusiasts, sneaker fans, and the folks who just want to shop. Nike Membership is well integrated into the website and doesn’t conform to the usual “loyalty program” design, landing page, nor copy.

With its community, Nike aims to bring athletes together and encourage them to try new things and push themselves.

The main image of Nike’s loyalty programA true powerhouse in marketing, Nike builds up the excitement in their loyalty program with a video enticing viewers to “Join Us.”

Loyalty logic and program design

Nike Membership is all about relevant perks for like-minded athletes. Free delivery, 60-day wear tests, receipt-free returns, special offers, exclusive products, inspiring content and a sense of community.

One highlight is the Partnerships & Events area, where Nike members can get special offers from partners, like Sweetgreen or Headspace, that help them build motivation and reach their goals. Through the app, members can also find local events to attend.

Getting the goods: rewards

This program positions several perks as “rewards”, including access to product advice from real athletes and a huge line of members-only shoes, apparel, equipment and accessories. But there is no typical catalog of rewards, nor is there a points system, so there’s no doubt that this is a program that’s focused on exclusivity and a wealth of attractive benefits.

There’s nothing traditional about it.

US Loyalty program Nike Membership showing its main benefitsNike Membership focuses on member benefits rather than the traditional rewards that consumers have come to expect from loyalty programs. And the benefits are tightly matched with their target consumer’s interest: better performance.

7. Fly high with Delta SkyMiles

Why the experience stands out

When you think back to the original best examples of loyalty programs, airlines like Delta come to mind immediately. Delta SkyMiles has always been well-aligned with the company’s core business of travel. SkyMiles members can earn SkyMiles to purchase flights, upgrade seats, book vacation packages and score exclusive experiences.

Though the program has been around for a long time, SkyMiles has kept up with today’s expectations. Their social media campaign, #SkyMilesLife, allows Delta to promote content shared by travel- and photography-loving members who use the hashtag.

Delta Skymiles summarizing how the program worksSkyMiles is free to join and the miles customers earn are theirs to keep, which is a unique approach in the airline industry.

Loyalty logic and program design

Members earn miles when they fly or earn more by using the American Express SkyMiles credit card, with triple the points Delta purchases. A unique feature in the airline industry, SkyMiles do not expire.

There are four credit card levels: Blue, Gold, Platinum and Reserve. The higher-tier card a member uses, the more points and benefits they’ll receive. There are also four tiers within the loyalty program, called Medallion Status: Silver, Gold, Platinum, and Diamond.

Getting the goods: rewards

Rewards in the SkyMiles program are 100% focused on providing travel value. From vacation booking to upgrades to magazine subscriptions, it’s all about planning a better trip or being entertained along the way. Members who want to give back can also donate points to a greater cause through the SkyWish program.

The SkyMiles Experiences section of the rewards catalog is currently being renovated, but the program also lets members bid on memorable experiences in travel and entertainment. Often seen in the world of hotels, bidding combines a bit of friendly competition with high-value rewards, really giving members something to earn towards.

Travel reward image for Delta SkymilesIf you traveled and didn’t post about it, did you really travel? SkyMiles connects with the lifestyle that its members aspire to with its #SkyMilesLife hashtag.

8. Stay connected with AT&T Thanks

Why the experience stands out

As the world’s largest telecommunications provider, AT&T is also a leader in loyalty strategy. Simply put, AT&T Thanks aims to give customers more of what they love. And who wouldn’t love that?

One particularly lovely thing about this program is that there’s no hassle or required change in behavior. If you’re a registered AT&T customer, you’re a member. AT&T has eliminated the need to sign up to a separate program. Customers can even get the app on their phones by sending a text message. The experience is built around a simple idea: convenience comes first.

Main page and message of At&T Thanks loyalty program.AT&T makes loyalty hassle free. If you’re a customer, you’re a member. By reducing friction and requiring minimal effort from customers, they are providing an experience that feels more rewarding and less transactional.

Loyalty logic and program design

Say “hello” to gamification. AT&T’s Friday Access campaign gives members a chance to win giveaways every week through a “Scratch to Win” game. Customers can win gift cards, accessories and more.

Getting the goods: rewards

AT&T Thanks rewards range the gamut, from concert and festival experiences to dining discounts. It’s a straightforward strategy that allows customers to earn by doing what they already do and get the rewards that they already want.

Benefit descriptions for At&T Thanks loyalty program.Telecommunications and entertainment go hand-in-hand. With support, giveaways and Spotify Premium access, AT&T Thanks offers its members fun and practicality combined.

9. Explore your cheesy side with Domino’s Piece of the Pie Rewards

Why the experience stands out

It’s fair to say that pizza lovers are passionate about their pies. Marketing and advertising fans may remember back to the campaign Domino’s ran, where they gave points to members who uploaded a picture of their pizza… no matter where that pizza came from.

Well, that campaign is long gone, but it certainly got a lot of buzz. Today the Piece of the Pie program is still making ordering pizzas a lot more fun.

Domino’s loyalty program showing how many points you get with an order.This loyalty program is as easy as pie. And it’s perfectly aligned with the restaurant chain’s fresh and fun approach to marketing.

Loyalty logic and program design

Each food order valued $10 or more is worth ten points. Once members have 60 points, they qualify for a free medium pizza. The program also runs members-only offers and promotions.

So, pizza is the experience AND the reward. Though a great rewards catalog can work wonders for some companies, others with one strong product or category can gain a lot by keeping it simple.

It always pays to give customers what they want.

A summary of the perks of being a member of Domino’s loyalty program.

Piece of the Pie puts speed and convenience first for a better experience. Speaking of customer experience, did you know that you can order a pizza on Slack or by texting Domino’s with a pizza emoji? The future is here and this is one company to keep an eye on.

10. Put health first with CVS CarePass

Why the experience stands out

CVS Pharmacy, as a pharmacy and convenience store combined, has a huge base of customers with a range of interests. Some are looking to get prescriptions filled, others regularly scan the beauty aisles for the latest looks, while others might be looking for greeting cards, a cold beverage, or a healthy (or not so healthy) treat.

To respond to those varied needs, CVS takes quite a complex approach to loyalty with multiple programs. While CVS ExtraCare and ExtraCare BeautyClub are more traditional, points-based loyalty programs focused on consumer and beauty goods, CarePass is a paid membership program centered around providing simplicity, good monetary value for prescriptions, and convenience.

CVS Carepass loyalty program benefit page.The CVS CarePass membership program is another layer over the company’s ExtraCare loyalty programs.

Loyalty logic and program design

Members pay a monthly or annual membership fee to get their CarePass. This guarantees that they get a 20% discount on CVS Health brand items, as well as a range of promotions throughout the year.

Members get same-day prescription delivery, saving time. Members can also get free one- or two-day shipping on their online orders, saving a trip to the store. And, for peace of mind, members have access to a 24/7 pharmacist helpline to get their Rx questions answered.

While this isn’t a typical rewards program, members get personalized coupons, and at the time of writing, new members can get a monthly promo reward credited to their account, which can be used toward purchases of $10 or more, with exclusions.

The program ties into existing ExtraCare membership, so customers can track their progress and savings in one place, and get all of their benefits using one card. So, while it’s a triple-program system, it’s one that has earned the company a lot of recognition.

Additional loyalty program offers for US Loyalty program CVS CarePass.Right next to CarePass, ExtraCare and ExtraCare Beauty are complementary loyalty programs offered by the pharmacy franchise.

A great customer experience comes from great value

Many programs from this list don’t have much in common, but they all deliver on experience. This illustrates the importance of knowing how your customers perceive value.

Customers might see “value” as:

  • great service,
  • early access,
  • exclusive products,
  • flexibility,
  • good prices,
  • fast ordering and delivery,
  • a massive rewards catalog,
  • relevant, personalized content,
  • a tight-knit community,
  • cash back,
  • or maybe something else entirely.

By building a loyalty program around what customers want, you’ll be able to deliver an experience that keeps people coming back for more.

For a more detailed look on running a successful , experience-driven loyalty program, check out our joint webinar with Salesforce.

The best of US loyalty programs

Though this list is just the beginning in a market full of amazing loyalty programs, these ten programs demonstrate how to balance engaging point structures with a reward-centric mindset. These programs serve as an inspiration on how to go beyond traditional point programs and create something memorable and exciting for a Western audience.

Alternatively, you can also continue exploring loyalty program rewards by downloading our worksheet, which guides you through the most important steps.


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🔵⚪🔴 How much does it cost to build a website? – Landing Page


If you’re building a brand, you’ll need a website, whether it’s a one-page portfolio or a full-on eCommerce store. But how much does it cost to build a website?

That’s inevitably one of the first questions you’ll have, but in truth, website development costs vary. 

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🔵⚪🔴 25 Lead Magnet Ideas (With Examples!) to Feed Your Funnel – Exemples Landing Page


As the summer gets into full swing and Q3 approaches, the familiar lead generation slump hits. We’ve all been there: people start taking vacations, stop answering their phones, and your sales team starts getting antsy for more SQLs. Oh, and there’s also the whole cookieless internet thing, where first-party data collection on websites is more important than ever.

It’s prime time to set up some fresh, new lead magnets!

magnet attracting leads to a funnel

Read on so you can:

  • Learn what a lead magnet is.
  • Get inspired by 25 lead magnet ideas and examples.
  • Understand what you’ll need in order to create lead magnets for your business.

With these tips and examples, you’ll be well on your way to attracting more people to your business that you can convert into customers.

What is a lead magnet?

First, let’s define exactly what a lead magnet is.

Lead magnets are an incentivized marketing tool for increasing form fills. Typically, a business offers something free, but valuable, that target prospects will be willing to obtain in exchange for their information so that you can continue building the relationship. Plus, that information is all first-party data, which is becoming crucial in a cookieless world.

Lead magnets are often associated with the top of the funnel, but they can actually be used at every stage. After all, new prospects can slide into your funnel at any point. Or if they are entering in at the top, you’ll need a way to keep them engaged and moving along through. So consider lead magnets to be offers that both attract leads to your funnel and keep them there.

marketing funnel for lead magnets

Some of the core categories of lead magnets include:

  • Educational materials
  • Proprietary data
  • Prize-based incentives
  • Time-sensitive information
  • Free consultations and trials

As you can see, lead magnets can come in all sorts of flavors, and as marketers, it’s our job to pick the right type to attract, engage, and convert our prospects. So let’s look at some examples and ideas.

Quick note on these lead magnet ideas

I’ve categorized the ideas by stage of funnel, but I also know that every business has a different funnel and customer journey, so adapt these ideas accordingly.

Also, many of the content-based lead magnets are versatile. For example, a downloadable checklist could be used at the top of the funnel (wedding planning checklist) and in the middle (questions to ask before choosing a wedding planner).

The image below is top-of-funnel checklist, from a process management software company: “Effective Onboarding in 31 Steps.” A mid-funnel checklist for this same company might be something like “10 Features to Look for in an SOP Automation Software Provider.”

lead magnet example—free checkliist

Top-of-funnel lead magnet ideas

Lead magnets are the most fun at the top of the funnel. This gives you the most creative leeway to come up with fun ideas to entice your target audience while showing off a fun side of your brand.

These lead magnets can be topically broad compared to your product or service—but related in some sense. Remember, this is the awareness stage of your funnel. Your prospects may not even know you exist!

You’ll definitely want to put these leads through a nurture flow so that the ones that reach sales reps have intent to buy.

For top-of-funnel lead magnets, you don’t need a form requiring details. Just first name, last name, and email will do. Make sure that each lead magnet is properly tagged with a lead source so you can track the ROI down the road.

1. Giveaways

First up, giveaways. There is plenty of finesse that goes into planning and executing a giveaway, but we won’t go into all that here. What you need to know is that giveaways are great lead magnets!

Get your prospects in the door with a variety of giveaway options, from free NBA tickets to a discounted annual subscription to your product. Keep in mind that the quality of your leads will vary depending on how relevant your offering is to your product or service.

While Instagram giveaways are a great way to expand your reach and brand awareness, you’re not going to get any leads unless you have entrants DM you with their email addresses. Instead, create a landing page on your website for the giveaway, and then share that link in your social media posts.

landing page for a giveaway, as a top of funnel lead magnet example

2. Face-to-face field marketing

Field marketers interact directly with potential customers, such as at trade shows, networking events, and conferences. They employ a mix of sales and marketing expertise to educate, inform, and persuade prospects to engage with your brand. Have your field marketers collect emails to keep in touch! You’re not likely to get a high volume of leads in this manner, but the quality of the leads will be excellent.

3. Influencer collaborations

Seems like everyone and their mom is trying to be an influencer these days. Who can blame them, with all the TikTok and YouTube fame being tossed around? This is the perfect time to test out lead generation through micro-influencers.

Find an influencer in your niche, sponsor a couple posts, and collect your leads. Remember to tag them properly, especially if you choose to pay influencers on a commission or per-lead basis.

4. Blog post downloads

Visitors coming to your blog are most likely in the awareness and information-gathering stage, so focus on free and easy offers here. Free and easy for you too! Simply offer to send the post (or an abridged version) to their inbox so they can read later. All they need to do is fill out their email address. How convenient!

lead magnet examples—offer to send blog post to email

5. Free tools

If you didn’t already notice, we offer a variety of free tools for business owners and marketers, and it’s a win-win: They get free professional assistance that will help them get more sales, and we acquire leads who might actually increase our sales as well. High-five.

lead magnet examples—free tools

You can try out the Google Ads Grader, Facebook Ads Grader, and Google My Business Grader any time! (See what we did there?)

More top-of-funnel lead magnet ideas:

6. How-to and examples content (i.e., a free guide on how to write a networking email, or networking email examples)

7. Podcasting

8. Idea generators

9. Cheatsheets

popup for a cheatsheet as a top-of funnel lead magnet idea

A lead magnet about lead magnets. Whoah.

Mid-funnel lead magnet ideas

Okay, this is when lead magnets get a little more serious. Prospects entering into the middle of your funnel are aware of and interested in your business. Mid-funnel lead magnets should be at least slightly related to your product or brand, but if you’re at the mid-to-top level, you can still dance around it a little bit more.

For mid-funnel lead magnets, you may want to ask for more information than just email address. This may include name, company name, email, and whatever qualifiers will help you. For example, I like to ask my prospects to select with compliance framework they are interested in. This informs the content I send their way down the line and helps my sales team pitch more accurately.

And make sure you continue nurturing these leads! Your sales team might be eager to get on the phone with these more qualified leads, but tag them and place them into a nurture stream where they belong. Don’t scare them off with heavy-handed sales tactics.

10. Webinars

Webinars are all the rage these days. I’m a big fan of virtual lunch-and-learns, particularly featuring how-tos or trending topics. Even better, any webinar can be recorded and reused, or emailed out as part of a nurture campaign.

top-of-funnel lead magnet ideas—webinar popup

If you’re hosting a webinar, make sure to ask your participants what questions they’d like answered during the session–you can glean more engagement and information from leads that way.

11. Checklists

If your product helps streamline a solution or gives your team intimate knowledge into a niche process, checklists give you a high-level, low-effort way to share that know-how. Hot tip: downloadable checklists typically perform well in Google ad campaigns.

middle-of-funnel lead magnet ideas—checklist

12. Free templates

I’m a sucker for resume templates. I can’t help it; every time I am editing a resume, I need to find a new design. And as a result, a crazy amount of companies hawking resume templates have my email address.

Offer a template for something that you would consider yourself an expert on. For example, how to design a project management flow. Or a notion.io content marketing calendar (I’m in the market for one!).

Templates are more mid-funnel compared to examples, since the prospect is not just looking for ideas anymore, but ready to put pen to paper and get down to it.

More mid-funnel lead magnet ideas

13. Original data reports

14. Product comparisons

15. Email courses

Bottom-of-funnel lead magnet ideas

These lead magnet ideas are for the cream-of-the-crop prospects. They might already know your brand and trust your content. This is the opportunity to show that your product is right for them.

16. Case studies

Case studies can be a snoozefest. It’s easy to go wrong with these, but if you add a little extra ‘oomph’ to the content, you could have a great download on your hands.

While most companies will share a case study with a title like, “X company helped Y company increase revenue by 50%! See how we did it.” And there is nothing wrong with that. But if you take the time to insert actionable data and insights into your case study, it’ll make it worth an email submission.

17. Product picker

This might be my favorite type of lead magnet. I know, you probably thought I was going to say whitepapers were my bread-and-butter but WHEW. I love quizzes.

bottom-of-funnel lead magnet ideas—quiz

Why are they so great? It’s the best time to show off your authority on a niche topic in an engaging way. This is great for leads who are ready to buy, but don’t know what exactly they want. My company, Laika, has a quiz to see which compliance framework is right for your business.

18. Partner referral discounts

You’ll likely need to get any type of discount cleared with your department heads and sales teams. But discounts are powerful hooks; everyone loves to save money.

I recommend reaching out to your partners to let them know that anyone who submits their information with a specific code or through a certain page will receive a percent off the purchase of your product.

You can also do this with customers who have had a good experience! Referrals are like good reviews, they hold a lot of weight with prospects doing investigation into a new company.

19. Event tickets

Everyone loves free stuff. I had some coworkers who created email addresses specifically to enter contests to win concert tickets. While I hope your prospects won’t do the same, you could run a promotion where those who sign up for a free demo or consultation will be entered into a random drawing for free tickets to a conference.

You decide the event, and let the leads pour in.

20. Early access

Releasing a new feature? Testing new copy or UX? Advertise it to prospects. You can learn about their behaviors while shaping your offering to their exact tastes.

Plenty of mobile games and apps already utilize beta versions and early access. If you offer an app in the Google Play Store or the Apple Store, you can enter it onto a list for users to access in beta. Even Disneyland has extended early hours for visitors to get early access to the rides!

bottom-of-funnel lead magnet ideas—early access invitation

21. Free trial

Trial your product or service for free, for a limited time only! There are plenty of examples of free trials out there, but the trick is to make yours seem exclusive, urgent, and the best way to get a taste of your amazing company.

bottom-of-funnel lead magnet ideas—free trial example

22. Newsletter referrals

By now, most people have heard of The Skimm. They grew their subscribers in a big way through referrals! You could track how many referrals you had from a unique link and get rewarded along the way.

bottom-of-funnel lead magnet ideas—skimm newsletter referral

More bottom-funnel lead magnet ideas

23. Discounts or sales promotions

24. Free shipping

25. Free quote or consultation

How to create a lead magnet for your business

Assuming you want to start generating more leads, I’m going to finish off with tips on creating lead magnets for your prospects.

For the actual lead magnet, you’ll need:

Make sure your landing page copy and design matches the original offer, as well as your CTA. For example, if you’re luring prospects in with a promise of 15% off for subscribing to your email list, your CTA after filling out the form should be “get my 15% off coupon.”

I also recommend a website pop-up tool. There are plenty of platforms today that enable you to create tasteful popups and use specific criteria to trigger them—such as page their on, topic of blog post they’re reading, whether or not they’re a returning visitor, where they came in from, and more.

And finally, since you’re going to be generating more leads now, you’ll first want to invest in marketing automation software to track, segment, and nurture them. In this remote world, I recommend Marketo, Hubspot, or ActOn.

Lead magnet ideas [recap]

Here are the 25 lead magnet ideas and examples covered in this post:

  1. Giveaways
  2. Face-to-face field marketing
  3. Influencer collaborations
  4. Blog post downloads
  5. Free tools
  6. How-to and examples content
  7. Podcasting
  8. Idea generators
  9. Cheatsheets
  10. Webinars
  11. Checklists
  12. Templates
  13. Original data reports
  14. Product comparisons
  15. Email courses
  16. Case studies
  17. Product pickers
  18. Partner referral discounts
  19. Event tickets
  20. Early access
  21. Free trials
  22. Newsletter referrals
  23. Discounts and promo codes
  24. Free shipping
  25. Free quote or consultation

Have any tried and true lead magnet ideas that we missed? Share your landing pages and forms; we want to sign up!


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🔵⚪🔴 Amazon Prime Day 2021: The best space deals to watch – Design Landing Page


Amazon.com’s annual Amazon Prime Day megasale is in its homestretch and will end today, June 22, taking with it the great space deals we’ve found so far. Telescopes, binoculars, Star Wars and other space gear are available for deep discounts today, but you’ll have to act fast. Here is a roundup of our favorite sale items for space lovers.

The deals are only available to people with an Amazon Prime account. Prime costs $119 per year, but users can try it free for 30 days.

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🔵⚪🔴 Public Notices June 23, 2021 – Landing Page


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR

NASSAU COUNTY, FLORIDA

PROBATE DIVISION

FILE NO.:  21-CP-166

DIVISION

IN RE:  ESTATE OF

JACQUELINE M. WESLEY

Deceased.

NOTICE TO CREDITORS

The administration of the estate of Jacqueline M. Wesley, deceased, whose date of death was February 26, 2021, is pending in the Circuit Court for Nassau County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 76347 Veterans Way, Yulee, FL 32097.  The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representative’s attorney are set forth below.

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METAL CULVERTS  RE-BID

SOLICITATION NO. NC21-031

For detailed information regarding the due date and requirements for this solicitation, please visit the Nassau County website at https://rebrand.ly/nassauflpcm. All bid documents are available free-of-charge.

ATTEST:

JOHN A. CRAWFORD

EX-OFFICIO CLERK

THOMAS R. FORD

CHAIRMAN

BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

NASSAU COUNTY, FLORIDA

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STATE OF WISCONSIN

CIRCUIT COURT

MILWAUKEE COUNTY

IN RE:  THE MARRIAGE OF

Petitioner

Nhi Ha Tuyet Nguyen

and

Respondent

Calvin Viet Nguyen

THE STATE OF WISCONSIN, TO THE PERSON NAMED ABOVE AS RESPONDENT:

You are notified that the petitioner named above has filed a Petition for divorce or legal separation against you.

You must respond with a written demand for a copy of the Petition within 40 days from the day after the first date of publication.

The demand must be sent or delivered to the court at:

Clerk of Court

Milwaukee County Courthouse

901 North 9th Street

Milwaukee, WI 53233

and to

Nhi Ha Tuyet Nguyen

10622 West Oklahoma Avenue

Apartment #39

West Allis, WI 53227

It is recommended, but not required, that you have an attorney help or represent you.

If you do not demand a copy of the Petition within 40 days, the court may grant judgment against you for the award of money or other legal action requested in the Petition, and you may lose your right to object to anything that is or may be incorrect in the Petition.

A judgment may be enforced as provided by law. A judgment awarding money may become a lien against any real estate you own now or in the future, and may also be enforced by garnishment or seizure of property.

You are further notified that if the parties to this action have minor children, violation of 948.31, Wis. Stats., (interference with custody by parent or others) is punishable by fines and/or imprisonment:

If you and the petitioner have minor children, documents setting forth the percentage standard for child support established by the department under 49.22(9), Wis. Stats., and the factors that a court may consider for modification of that standard under 767.511 (1 m), Wis. Stats., are available upon your request from the Clerk of Court

You are notified of the availability of information from the Circuit Court Commissioner as set forth in 767.105, Wis. Stats.

767.105 Information from Circuit Court Commissioner.

(2) Upon the request of a party to an action affecting the family, including a revision of judgment or order under sec. 767.59 or 767.451:

(a) The Circuit Court Commissioner shall, with or without charge, provide the party with written information on the following, as appropriate to the action commenced:

1. The procedure for obtaining a judgment or order in the action.

2. The major issues usually addressed in such an action.

3. Community resources and family court counseling services available to assist the parties.

4. The procedure for setting, modifying, and enforcing child support awards, or modifying and enforcing legal custody or physical placement judgments or orders.

(b) The Circuit Court Commissioner shall provide a party, for inspection or purchase, with a copy of the statutory provisions in this chapter generally pertinent to the action.

Attorney for Petitioner

Kathryn E. Potratz

933 North Mayfair Road

Milwaukee, WI 53226

kep@karplawfirm.com

414-453-0800

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NOTICE OF

PUBLIC SALE

Notice is hereby given that the undersigned will sell, to enforce a lien imposed on said property, under the Florida Self Storage Facility Act (Section 83.801-83.809) at public sale by competitive bidding on www.storagetreasures.com ending on July 9, 2021 at 10:00am for units located at:

Compass Self Storage

2641 Bailey Road

Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

(Nassau County)

(904-261-5700)

The personal goods stored therein by the following may include, but are not limited to the items listed below.  Purchases must be made with cash only and paid at the time of sale. All goods are sold as is and must be removed at the time of purchase. Compass Self Storage reserves the right to refuse any bid. Sale is subject to adjournment.                                                                                                                     

All units listed below contain household items.

Units

3158- Cheryl Smith

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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF

THE FOURTH JUDICIAL

CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR

NASSAU COUNTY, FLORIDA.

CASE NO. 20CA000259AXYX

U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE, FOR MANUFACTURED HOUSING CONTRACT SENIOR/SUBORDINATE PASS-THROUGH CERTIFICATE TRUST 1997-7,

PLAINTIFF,

VS.

ELIPHUS WAY A/K/A ELIPHUS J. WAY A/K/A ELIPHUS JEROME WAY, ET AL.

DEFENDANT(S).

NOTICE OF

FORECLOSURE SALE

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to the Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated April 26, 2021, in the above action, I will sell to the highest bidder for cash at Nassau County, Florida, on  July 22, 2021, at 11:30 AM, at www.nassauclerk.realforeclose.com for the following described property:

Tract 2, Block 4, HOLLY POINT NORTH UNIT TWO, according to Plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 4, Page 80, of the Public Records of Nassau County, Florida

Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the lis pendens must file a claim before the clerk reports the surplus as unclaimed.  The Court, in its discretion, may enlarge the time of the sale.  Notice of the changed time of sale shall be published as provided herein.

Date: June 11, 2021

John A. Crawford

Clerk of the Circuit Court

By: E. Michele Johnson

Deputy Clerk of the Court

Prepared by:

Tromberg, Morris &

Poulin, PLLC

1515 South Federal Highway, Suite 100

Boca Raton, FL 33432

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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT,

FOURTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT,

IN AND FOR NASSAU

COUNTY, FLORIDA

PROBATE DIVISION

FILE NO.:  2021-CP-0241

IN RE:  ESTATE OF

PATRICIA CAROL FANCHER, A/K/A CAROL B. FANCHER,

Deceased.

NOTICE TO CREDITORS

The administration of the estate of Patricia Carol Fancher, a/k/a Carol B. Fancher, deceased, whose date of death was April 23, 2021, is pending in the Circuit Court for Nassau County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 76347 Veterans Way, Yulee, Florida 32097.  The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representative’s attorney are set forth below.

All creditors of decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must file their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM.

All other creditors of decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate must file their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE.

ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED.

NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED.

The date of first publication of this notice is June 23, 2021.

Thomas M. Reiter, Esquire

Attorney for Personal

Representative

Florida Bar No. 315850

Brant, Reiter, McCormick

& Johnson, P.A.

135 W. Bay Street, Suite 400

Jacksonville, FL 32202

Telephone: (904) 358-2750

Facsimile: (904) 353-1166

tmreiter@barmjlaw.com

Kermit O. Bishop

Personal Representative

11746 Big Canoe

Big Canoe, Georgia 30143

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NOTICE OF

PUBLIC HEARING

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on Monday the 14th day of June 2021, at 6:00 P.M. the Board of County Commissioners of Nassau County will hold a public hearing at the Commission Chambers, James S. Page Governmental Complex, 96135 Nassau Place, Yulee, Florida, 32097 to consider a partial vacation of the East Nassau Wildlight 1c -1 plat, as recorded by Official Records Book 2347, Page 1911 in conjunction with the final approval of the East Nassau Wildlight 1c -1 Replat. The Public is invited to attend the meeting concerning the following described property in Nassau County:

The location of property is: From the intersection of I-95 head east for approximately 2/3 mile to Wildlight Avenue.  Make a left on Wildlight Avenue to head north for approximately one-half mile to Sawgrass Drive.  Make a right on Sawgrass Drive where the subdivision begins

This application is filed by: Wildlight LLC, owner,

and Greg Jones, agent,

1 Rayonier Way,

Yulee, FL 32097

Action Requested: The Applicants are seeking approval for the final replat of Lots 1 -10, 22, 23, 37-45, 103, 104, 109-113 together with a partial vacation of the East-Nassau Wildlight 1c-1 plat as recorded by Official Records book 2347, Page 1911.

The public is invited to be present and be heard. If a person decides to appeal any decision made by the board, agency or commission with respect to any matter considered at such meeting or hearing, he/she will need a record of the proceeding, and that, for such purposes, may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which records includes the evidence and testimony upon which the appeal is to be based. Copies of the application are available at the Department of Planning & Economic Opportunity located at 96161 Nassau Place, Yulee, FL 32097, or (904) 530-6300. Individuals who cannot attend the public hearing may provide written comments to this address or by e-mail to: planninginfo@nassaucountyfl.com  Written comments become a part of the record and are subject to Florida’s Public Records law, Chapter 119.07(1) (a), F.S.    

Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in order to participate in this program or activity should contact the Department of Planning & Economic Opportunity (904) 530-6300, or Florida Relay Service (1-800-955-8771) at least twenty-four (24) hours in advance to request such accommodation.

BOARD OF COUNTY

COMMISSIONERS

NASSAU COUNTY, FLORIDA

/s/ Thomas Ford

Its: Chairman

ATTEST:

/s/ JOHN A. CRAWFORD

Its: Ex-Officio Clerk

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In Schottland gibt es unglaubliche Landschaften, seltene Lebensräume, unberührte Ecken und scheue Tierarten, die Sie nur in Schottland entdecken können. Mit endlosen Wäldern, Berglandschaften und grünen Weiten ist Schottland ein wahres Paradies, das Sie das ganze Jahr über besuchen und genießen können.

Jetzt, da nachhaltiger und verantwortungsvoller Tourismus immer wichtiger wird, haben wir einige der besten umweltfreundlichen Orte in Schottland für Sie zusammengestellt. Schauen Sie bei Ihrer nächsten Reise vorbei und übernachten Sie in umweltfreundlichen Unterkünften, die alle vom Green Tourism Award entweder mit Bronze, Silber oder Gold ausgezeichnet wurden. All diese großartigen Unternehmen haben Anpassungen vorgenommen, um umweltfreundlicher zu werden und ihren Beitrag zum Erhalt der einmaligen schottischen Landschaft zu leisten. Von Recycling und Solarenergie bis hin zu Ladestationen für Elektroautos und der Zusammenarbeit mit Unternehmen aus der Region, diese Unternehmen sind die Vorreiter auf dem Weg zu einem nachhaltigeren Schottland.

Accommodation

Glamping & Camping

Camping is a great way to get back to nature and is already a great green option for staying in Scotland. Here are some campsite and glamping parks that have gone the extra mile to offer sustainable nature tourism.

1. The Lazy Duck, Nethybridge

Tucked away in the lush landscapes of the Cairngorms National Park, The Lazy Duck is situated just 20 minutes from Aviemore, but with all the dense Caledonian Pine Forest surrounding you, you’ll feel like you’re a whole world away from the city. Cosy up in one of three eco mountain huts; The Woodman’s Hut, The Duck’s Nest and The Lambing Bothy, perfect for a couple’s getaway. Bring your pals and stay in the rustic bunkhouse (sleeps 5), or pitch up in the four-tent campsite for a back to nature escape.

Nearby, you’ll have hundreds of things to see, do and experience, from mountain biking trails, and Munros to conquer, to a range of watersports, horse riding, and even The Reindeer Centre, to name a few. It’s a true haven for the outdoor enthusiasts!

Dedicated to creating an organic and eco-friendly place to say, The Lazy Duck has been growing for decades and strives to source products and services responsibly; promoting local communities and businesses, and reducing the amount of waste they send to landfill by composting, recycling, re-using and upcycling. They are also active in taking responsibility for the local environment too, including the care of wildlife, forests and moorlands, as well as prioritising the well-being of their staff and guests.

2. Black Isle Permaculture & Arts

Relax in a self-catering cabin at Black Isle Permaculture & Arts in the glorious surroundings of the Highlands near Dingwall. Offering a bespoke timber cabin which combines eco-friendly features, a dash of artistic design, and an authentic charm, it’s the perfect choice if you’re looking to experience simple living. Siskin Cabin accommodates up to two people – great for a solo weekend away or a couple’s retreat. Recharge on the outdoor decking and soak up the tranquil atmosphere of the Scottish woodland, as well as the many birds and animals you may hear too.

Since 2012, owners Clive and Julie, have been making lasting and sustainable changes to how they run their cosy cabin, with their sustainable habits creating a thriving habitat for people, plants, trees and animals alike.

3. Haven: Craig Tara Holiday Park, Ayr

A great choice for a family holiday, Craig Tara Holiday Park is situated on the sparkling Ayrshire coast. Just a stone’s throw from the beach, enjoy coastal days out splashing in the crisp sea or making sandcastles until your heart’s content. Onsite, there are plenty of activities and facilities that will keep you and the little ones entertained all day, including the adventure village, a heated indoor pool, adventure golf course, segways and much more. There is even an onsite supermarket for everyday essentials, meals, hot snacks and souvenirs to take away with you.

Head out of the park and you’ll be met with dozens of golden sandy beaches, rugged Ayrshire coastline, family experiences and more to enjoy. If you have a furry four-legged friend in your family, not to worry. Craig Tara is dog-friendly so your pooch can enjoy the family holiday too!

Haven have various holiday parks situated across Scotland and have gone the extra step to make sure you enjoy a greener holiday that benefits the environment, and your wellbeing. From fresh air and more green spaces across their parks, to reducing their carbon footprint through energy efficiency measures, and being members of The Wildlife Trust.

Find more Green Camping & Glamping in Scotland.

Self-Catering Farm Stays & Cottages

If you fancy something a little closer to home, a cosy self-catering option or a rustic, eco-friendly cottage may be the choice for you.

4. Brecks Barn, Orkney

Enjoy a stay in this characterful farm cottage on the magnificent island of Orkney. Brecks Barn is a spacious accommodation option that has room for up to 6 people across three bedrooms, complete with a sun lounge, fantastic views, free Wi-Fi and everything you need for a relaxing self-catering getaway with friends or family. With hundreds of things to see and explore on Orkney, you’ll never be lost for something to do. From the Old Man of Hoy and Skara Brae, to the UNESCO Heart of Neolithic Orkney and the Ring of Brodgar, to name a few.

Boasting a four-star accreditation as well as a Silver Green Tourism Award, Brecks Barn is committed to helping the environment through carbon off-setting. In 2010 they planted 6,000 trees on the farm, and they are now planting one tree per booking to help off-set the carbon emitted whilst travelling to and from the farm. The planting takes place in autumn and spring and guests can even help out with the planting if you fancy.

5. Burmieston, Perth

Experiencing life on a farm doesn’t have to be just a dream. Nestle into a stay in a renovated farm steading in the glorious landscapes of Perthshire that can sleep up to 12 adults across 5 bedrooms – perfect for those big get-togethers. Complete with everything you need for a self-catering stay, including a play barn with a table tennis set-up, you’ll have friendly chickens, ducks, sheep and geese as your next-door neighbours, as well as immense panoramic views to wake up to each morning. Your welcoming host can also organise on and offsite activities, including archery, paddleboarding, kayaking and walking, to name a few, and with no TV or Wi-Fi, it’ll be a true digital detox.

Burmieston steading was renovated using as many recycled and eco-friendly materials as possible, as well as small everyday choices leading to a greater positive impact on the environment. From using bagless teabags and baking soda and vinegar for cleaning (instead of harsh chemicals), to LED lightbulbs, using their own spring water, and supporting locals artists and businesses, Burmieston is doing great things to help the environment.

6. Home Farm Cottage, Stranraer

Tucked away in the glorious south west corner of Dumfries & Galloway, Home Farm Cottage offers a quaint stay in the countryside surrounded by lush greenery and the tranquil atmosphere of Corsewall Estate. Immerse yourself in the historic woodland that encompasses this cute, gingerbread style cottage – a perfect base if you’re looking to explore the region and beyond. Featuring 3 bedrooms (sleeps 5) and a rustic log burning stove, this newly renovated self-catering spot boasts an ideal getaway option for couples and families alike. Indulge in home comforts, enjoy a barbeque on the rear patio in summer, and wander through the forest trails or explore the area by bike.

Committed to running their estate as eco-friendly as possible, they generate their own electricity in excess of what they consume, for heating fuel they use wood chip bio-mass fuel off setting and exceeding any limited oil consumption they have.  All water is also sourced from a historic spring. Also home to two wind turbines, this allows the estate to be carbon neutral, in terms of electrical energy consumption.

Find more Green Self-Catering and Cottages in Scotland.

Luxury

Indulge in a luxury getaway at a country estate or grand hotel for a truly relaxing sustainable place to stay surrounded by Scotland’s stunning scenery.

7. Carberry Tower Mansion House & Estate, East Lothian

This magnificent mansion house is set in 35-acres of beautiful grounds in East Lothian. A grand estate which was once a childhood holiday home for the Queen, you can guarantee the finest of luxury stays here. Just picture tree-lined driveways, sweeping lawns and landscaped walkways, all of which create the ideal space for outdoor activities such as archery, falconry and laser clays. Enjoy a stay fit for royalty with Carberry Tower and choose from 30 elegantly appointed en-suite bedrooms, many of which still feature their original fireplaces and working shutters.

East Lothian also offers hundreds of incredible things to do, beaches to explore and coastal cuisine delights to try on your stay here.

8. The Torridon Hotel, by Achnasheen

Combine grand luxury with a sense of adventure at The Torridon Hotel. Situated amongst 58 acres of dramatic scenery at the end of Loch Torridon, you’re in the best place possible if you want to experience the thrills of Scotland’s outdoor activity scene, then end the day relaxing in the luxury of a Victorian retreat. Originally built as a shooting lodge in 1887, The Torridon has been restored into a beautiful hotel, featuring 18 individually-designed bedrooms with Victorian-style opulence set against contemporary palettes and furnishings.

From biomass energy and natural spring water, to 60% of produce used grown in The Torridon Farm and Kitchen Garden, to gifting wildflower seeds as you leave that you can plant to help the bee population, The Torridon Hotel is committed to self-sufficiency and helping the environment thrive.

9. Mackay’s Hotel, Wick

Bring your pooch along to this dog-friendly, cosy getaway in the northern corners of mainland Scotland. Located just 16 miles from the most northern point in Scotland, John O’Groats, Mackay’s Hotel is the perfect place to be if you’re looking to uncover the untouched, ancient landscapes of Caithness and beyond to the Orkney Isles. Wick is an ideal spot for a romantic getaway or weekend break from the city, with superior king-size beds where you can recharge and relax in this pretty corner of Scotland. You’ll be in a warm and welcoming atmosphere in this boutique hotel, with each room offering ensuite facilities, free Wi-Fi, and amenities for your canine companion too.

Mackay’s Hotel are proud owners of a Gold Green Tourism Award, and are eco-conscious with every decision they make in running their lovely hotel. They also offer a Tesla charging point for drivers that want to be that little bit more eco-friendly too.

10. Kingshouse Hotel, Glencoe

Located in one of Scotland’s most iconic landscapes, it would be hard to say no to an eco-friendly stay in Glencoe. Nestled just 40 minutes away from Fort William, choose from over 50 delightful rooms to suit all tastes and preferences, whether it’s a mountain or river view, or you want to get to know the friendly neighbours: the deer. After a day of exploring ancient mountains and dramatic surroundings, what better way to warm up than in front of a crackling fire, accompanied with beers, single malts and delectable dishes made from only the best locally-sourced food?

Kingshouse Hotel is also dog-friendly, so bring your canine companion along and get exploring many famed attractions and great things to do, such as Buchaille Etive Mor, the West Highland Way and more.

Find more Luxury & Boutique Green Hotels in Scotland.

Things to See, Do & Visit

If you already have your accommodation sorted, why not explore the range of eco-friendly things to do Scotland has to offer? From historic centres and museums, to castles and even exhilarating outdoor activities, there will be something for everyone to enjoy.

Museums

11. National Museum of Rural Life, East Kilbride

Head west to East Kilbride to the National Museum of Rural Life. Here you can explore a historic working farm and learn all about the land, people and ways of working that have shaped Scotland’s rural history. Browse the extensive collection of tractors, combine harvesters and other farming machinery, and see how they’ve developed and changed throughout the years. Head out for a walk around the museum and farm and say hello to the array of farm animals along the way; from cattle, pigs, sheep and hens, to Sooty, the farm cat, patrolling the farmyard.

Before you leave, stop off at the award-winning café on site for delicious home-baked good, teas, coffees and more to tuck into.

12. The Devil’s Porridge Museum, Dumfries & Galloway

Situated near Annan in Dumfries & Galloway, The Devil’s Porridge Museum offers a fascinating insight into HM Factory Gretna. Once the largest munitions factory in the world during the First World War, you can explore how this once quiet rural town became a hub of wartime activity. The museum features displays and exhibitions that feature artefacts, information panels, film and audio, photographs and stories that bring this dramatic period of Scotland’s history to life.

Kids can get involved in dressing up, interactive games, ‘factory pass’ stamping, and a Kids Zone. Whilst the adults might prefer looking in detail at the history of WW1; from the trenches and the processes within the Gretna Factory, to the Women’s Police Service and the Chapelcross Nuclear PowerStation.

Find more museums.

Castles

13. Dumbarton Castle

Perched on the River Clyde just a 30 minute drive from Glasgow, Dumbarton Castle is one of Scotland’s greatest strongholds. Featuring breathtaking views over the Clyde, Loch Lomond and the surrounding area of Argyll, the castle also features a dramatic position atop coastal cliffs –  Dumbarton Rock was once an active volcano some 350 million years ago. Peruse the intricate examples of 18th century Georgian military architecture and enjoy stunning views from the Tower Crag, explore the fascinating connections to the Vikings and Scottish Wars of Independence, and you can learn about the many fortifications and defence strategies along the interactive family trail.

Historic Environment Scotland, who manage Dumbarton Castle and many other attractions across Scotland, are passionate and committed to protecting the environment. With eco-friendly things to do, they strive to be as sustainable as they can in the running of their locations, and encourage visitors to use public transport when travelling to their attractions too.

14. Castle of Mey, Thurso

Head to the very northern corner of mainland Scotland to the Castle of Mey in Thurso where you can explore the former home of Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother. Situated on the north coast of Caithness, the castle boasts an immense vantage point with stunning views across the Pentland Firth, and on a clear day you can even see over to the Orkney Isles. The castle is also home to a romantic garden, surrounded by the 12ft high Grey Wall of Mey that protects the shrubbery and plants from the high winds and salt spray. Wander around the grounds and gardens, taking in the magnificent architecture of the castle, the tranquil atmosphere, and soak in the fascinating history and stories of the area too.

In 1996, Her Majesty gifted the castle to The Queen Elizabeth Castle of Mey Trust who are proud owners of a Gold Green Tourism Award. The trust is dedicated to monitoring and reducing their impact on the environment through a number of measures, including energy efficient lighting, recycling waste, purchasing local produce, and encouraging the use of public transport.

15. Doune Castle, Stirling

 This striking 14th century courtyard castle in Stirling will truly take you back in time. You may recognise or have heard of Doune Castle for its starring role as Winterfell in Game of Thrones, as well as Outlander and Monty Python, but there is so much more history to be explored behind its walls. Marvel at the intricate architecture and design across the castle that was once built for the Regent Albany and admire the views from the battlements over the River Teith and towards the Menteith Hills and Ben Lomond. Bring your own phone and headphones to tune into the audio guides to learn more about the castle and its history as you wander around.

Another Historic Environment Scotland site, they are dedicated to protecting the environment. They strive to be as sustainable as they can in the running of their locations, and encourage visitors to use public transport when travelling to their attractions too.

Find more castles.

Outdoor Activities

16. Go Ape, Aberfoyle

Find your sense of adventure with a trip to Go Ape in the picturesque Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park. Embrace your inner Tarzan with treetop courses and exhilarating zip lines surrounded by the stunning natural beauty of mountains, rivers, lochs and dense forests. Home to two of the longest zip lines in the UK, fly over trees and waterfalls for a true adrenaline rush. Bring the family or head out for a day with your friends, everyone is guaranteed a fun-filled outing.

Go Ape also has course in the Scottish Borders and Aberdeen too.

As these locations are situated in beautiful and valuable environments, Go Ape are serious about caring for and preserving these areas. Specialists have been involved from the start when designing the treetop course to make sure they are as low impact as possible to the trees and environment. Braces rather than bolts are used to grip the trunk and to rest the platform on, which are inspected regularly and loosened to allow the tree to continue growing. The courses are also friendly to the wildlife in the areas, and Go Ape uses local goods and services for the production and maintenance of the courses too.

17. Lochter Activity Centre & Fishery, Aberdeenshire

Organise an exciting break away full of outdoor activities and fun experiences that the whole family will love. Situated in the north east of Scotland, Lochter Activity Centre offers a range of things to do, from go-karting on the outdoor track, clay pigeon shooting, and archery, to segways, a zip line, water zorbing and so much more. The centre also offers a selection of packages including a variety of activities, so you can make the most of your adventure holiday.

If you fancy a more laidback getaway, why not try your hand at a spot of fishing? With three lochs -Muckle Trout, Osprey and Heron – together there is approximately 20 acres of water for fishing, stocked with beautiful rainbow trout.

18. Highland Safaris Cycling, Aberfeldy

You can’t beat a trip to Perthshire when it comes to outdoor activities. Highland Safaris offer a range of outdoor activities, including mountain safaris, walking trips, a red deer centre and more. They also provide bike hire and an array of mountain biking trails that take in the incredible landscapes and terrain of Aberfeldy. If you want to get out on your bike but are keen to try out skills and tricks, why not explore the Bike Trax? Perthshire’s first purpose built Mountain Bike Skills Loop features fun-filled bike trail wynds, twists, turns and is full of exciting obstacles too.

Highland Safaris are passionate about providing an amazing outdoor experience for visitors, whilst having a minimal impact on the environment. They have long-term relationship with Dun Coilich, a local community woodland, where they operate a practical and measurable carbon offset scheme. They are also members of Wild Scotland, and being based in Perthshire’s ‘Big Tree Country’, they are working hard to preserve this ancient corner of Scotland.

Find more outdoor activities.

Explore more Green Tourism things to do and experience in Scotland.

Places to Eat

19. The Scottish Café & Restaurant, Edinburgh

Enjoy a trip to the capital where The Scottish Café & Restaurant serves up delicious, locally-sourced and sustainably-produced food with a menu that showcases the best artisan dishes from around Scotland. Nestled in the centre of Edinburgh by The Mound, stop in for a warming tea or coffee, lunch, or a tasty bite to eat when catching up with friends. Boasting incredible views over Princes Street Gardens and the Scott Monument, it’s a great place to admire the beauty of Edinburgh while treating yourself to a delectable dish or two.

The Scottish Café & Restaurant aims to help the environment by sourcing the best locally produced ingredients that don’t skip out on quality, minimise water use and waste production, and endeavour to find a secondary use for all waste materials, or recycle where re-use is not possible.

20. Locavore, Glasgow

Head west to the bustling city of Glasgow for a sustainable bite to eat at Locavore. Located near Pollockshields, this unique spot is the only fully organic place to eat out within the city and boasts mouth-watering food that is sustainable and freshly prepared from scratch in the kitchen every day. With a range of dishes on offer, including a special which changes every day, there are also plenty of options for vegan and vegetarian eaters too.

Locavore is very considerate and conscious when it comes to the environment and their impact. By 2023 they plan to further reduce their carbon production and be net carbon-negative. With their Veg Boxes being a huge success, they’ve had to expand to use vehicles for delivery, but since the beginning of 2020 they have introduced electric vans which, combined with a new route-planning software, has allowed them to significantly reduce CO2 emissions.

21. The Three Chimneys, Isle of Skye

Our islands are immaculate places to visit, often with hidden gem restaurants and places to eat too. The Three Chimneys is a true delight on the Isle of Skye and offers up an exquisite menu featuring some of the world’s freshest and most beautiful ingredients. Home to an authentic and natural larder, Skye is the perfect place to source fresh, local food that is inspected to the highest quality before being cooked to perfection in a range of tasty dishes.

Proud owner of a Silver Green Tourism Award, The Three Chimneys aim to ensure that their unique location on the stunning Isle of Skye is preserved for visitors and the local community for years to come by reducing their impact on the environment. From working closely with their suppliers to reduce carbon emissions, and sourcing all food locally or within Scotland, to using eco-friendly cleaning products and recycling materials wherever possible.

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