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Find places throughout Scotland to 'Stay, Eat, Buy, Do, Enjoy' and receive a real community welcome.
Explore our map of Scotland to discover where you can meet proud and passionate locals and be welcomed into our world.

Scotland is a small but diverse country – which is a huge part of its appeal - and Community Tourism enterprises are popping up all across the map from Unst on Shetland, to Newcastleton on the English border, and from Angus on the east coast to virtually every island on the west coast - and everywhere in between.
 
To inspire conscious travel to each of these amazing places you can search under four regions of Scotland - and six different types of visitor offer. And do come back again as we are adding new places all the time as our network grows and expands.

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Moray Walking & Outdoor Festival
The Moray Way links existing walking routes; The Dava Way, Moray Coastal Trail and the Speyside Way, to form a circui...
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Moray Way
From the foothills of the Cairngorms to Moray’s award-winning coastline you can enjoy long summer days discovering Mo...
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Wild Skies Shetland
A volunteer-run charity which organises various events related to the sky in the island of Unst - for example sky tra...
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Wild Skies Shetland Sky Trail
A 13-stop trail around beautiful sites in Unst, each stop having a sky-related theme. Themes include the northern lig...
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Loch Ness Hub & Travel
Tourist Information Centre, Loch Ness boat trips, eBike hire, transport hub, Urquhart Castle tickets, local walk maps...
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Discover Thurso
Discover Thurso is a creation of the community-led Destination Thurso project – a year-long project promoting Thurso...
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Eigg Camping Pods
Eigg Camping Pods is a social business on the beautiful Isle of Eigg. We have three cosy camping pods, each sleeping...
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Wester Ross Biosphere
Wester Ross Biosphere aims to bring people and nature together to share knowledge and best practice to create a posit...
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The Cateran Eco Museum
The Cateran Ecomuseum is an outstanding new cultural destination in Scotland’s Tay Country. Designed to reveal the hi...
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Discover Tiree
Discover Tiree is the community run, official tourism organisation for the Isle of Tiree. Our website provides inform...
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Sunart Community Company
Sunart Community Company is a charity based in Strontian. Our role is to support the empowerment, sustainability and...
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Oakwood Tourism and Crafts
Oakwood Tourism and Crafts is a community owned shop that sells local arts and crafts produced in the Ardnamurchan ar...
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Buth Bharraigh
Bùth Bharraigh is a community shop and visitor hub in Castlebay, Isle of Barra. Buth Bharraigh is a route to market f...
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Tarras Valley Nature Reserve
The Langholm Initiative is a development trust who, in 2021,purchased 5,200 acres of land from Buccleuch estate in th...
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Columba Centre
The Columba Centre is the offices of the South West Mull & Iona Development Community Company. We offer space for...
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Bendoran Boathouse
Bendoran was once a thriving boatyard and known as one of the most sheltered anchorages on the West Coast of Scotland...
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Tiroran Community Forest
Sea eagles, adventure playground, willow sculptures, a nature trail and stunning vistas – a perfect day out-Tiroran C...
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Bendoran Watersports
Bendoran watersports is a new activity centre for sea kayaking and sailing based on the South West tip of the Isle of...
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The Stables Tearoom, Paxton
All food served in the Stables Tearoom is locally sourced and freshly made each day including light snacks, a great s...
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Paxton House & Country Park
Paxton House is a historic house at Paxton, Berwickshire, in the Scottish Borders, a few miles south-west of Berwick-...
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North & East

The Highlands, Grampian and Northern Isles host some of our oldest community led tourism enterprises linked to celebrating our culture and heritage and providing solutions for retaining much needed services for locals and visitors alike as well as some new award winning enterprises responding to a post covid world.

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West

With a myriad of islands, remote peninsulas and rocky coastlines, the West Coast is a hive of community led tourism projects and initiatives with visitors as well as locals being proud beneficiaries. Islands typically foster an entrepreneurial mindset and innovative opportunities for visitors to readily give something back either in destination or once back at home.

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Central

Spanning the central belt of Scotland and taking in our largest cities, industrial heartland and agricultural hinterland, this region has been witnessing community empowerment and development over recent decades with more and more recognising the merit of welcoming visitors and providing much needed services which enhance the visitor experience and derive important local benefits.

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South

Arguably a less well known region but one which is now seriously punching above its weight, the South of Scotland is accessible to over 14 million people in the north of England and the central belt of Scotland and is peppered with innovative and some very ambitious community led tourism enterprises each seeking to retain valuable assets and stimulate the local economy.

A conscious choice

Discover how you can make a difference

Your tourism choices can make a positive impact on social, environmental, economic, cultural and place-based aspects of communities.

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We are here for visitors, local people and organisations

If you would like to know more about SCOTO and how to be part of it as a community enterprise, or have questions as a tourist, we'd love to hear from you.