Covid-19 update, 24 February 2021
Please note this following information applies to Scotland. The situation is different in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
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Currently there should be no non-essential travel between any parts of Scotland and other parts of the UK. Please see the latest Scottish Government information regarding travel within Scotland, within the UK and internationally.
All of mainland Scotland plus the Western Isles and Skye are in Level 4 lockdown restrictions which include Stay at Home regulations. This means that holiday accommodation, hospitality businesses, visitor attractions and non-essential shops remain closed.
Orkney, Shetland and the Inner Hebrides are in Level 3 of Scotland's Covid Protection Levels with additional Stay at Home regulations.
Following the Scottish Government's new Strategic Framework (published on 23 February 2021) for exiting lockdown, it is anticipated that all of Scotland will move into Level 3 restrictions from 26 April 2021 and further lifting of restrictions will take place in due course. Currently we don't have confirmed dates as to when tourism will be able to re-start in Scotland, but hope to be given dates by the Scottish Government on 15 March 2021.
Please be assured that in line with Scottish Government guidance, when our B&Bs are able to re-open for business, we will be implementing all the hygiene, cleaning and social distancing measures required to keep guests and B&B owners safe.
Government regulations mean that only one household (or 'extended household') can stay in each room booked at a B&B establishment (or hotel). Please note that B&Bs can have guests staying in more than one room at any given time, but social distancing must be maintained by anyone from separate households. Some of our B&Bs will operate on an exclusive use basis to have guests from only one household at any given time.
When you book a stay with one of Scotland's Best B&Bs, the owner can inform you about their Covid policy. This may include arranging a specific check-in time and breakfast time with you. Some of our members are only allowing one household (or extended household) to stay in their establishment at any given time. Simply ask your chosen B&B owner if you require more information about their Covid policy prior to your arrival.
Face coverings in Scotland
It is mandatory to wear a face covering in shops, banks and other enclosed areas such as museums, indoor tourist attractions, cinemas and places of worship.
It is also mandatory to wear a face covering inside bars/restaurants when you are not seated (e.g. when entering/leaving the premises or going to the toilet).
Exemptions apply for children under 5 and for those for whom a covering is inappropriate due to health reasons.
You are also required to wear a face covering on public transport (see below).
Please note that it is mandatory to wear a face covering on all public transport (including public areas of bus/train stations and airports) and in taxis. Exemptions apply for children under 5 and for those for whom a covering is inappropriate due to health reasons (see full guidance).
Advance booking of trains and ferries is essential.
Arriving into the UK
Please note that non-essential travel to or from Scotland is currently illegal.
The current rules on international arrivals from outside the UK mean that people must take a Covid test up to 72 hours before leaving the country they are in. From 15 February 2021, a system of managed quarantine and further testing will operate in the UK until further notice. The quarantine rules in Scotland are different to those for people arriving into England. Please note that passengers entering England from 'red-list' countries seeking to travel onto Scotland would first need to isolate in a hotel in England.
See the latest Scottish Government Covid travel information.
For additional info, see the VisitScotland Travel to Scotland FAQ.
Please check with individual event operators before planning to travel to any events in 2021.
VisitScotland has a handy list which summarises the current situation and regulations in Scotland.
Scotland is now operating a 'Test and Protect' strategy.
The Protect Scotland app is available to download for free via Apple and Google stores.
For medical advice if you are experiencing any symptoms of Coronavirus, please consult the NHS website.
We look forward to welcoming you to Scotland in due course.