We have very much missed you and we want to ensure a warm welcome to new and returning visitors. Things are a bit different just now. By working together, we can enjoy the best the South of Scotland has to offer and also help our tourism industry and local communities, in a safe way. Scotland starts here, and you are all very welcome.

You can also view a PDF version of our visitor charter.

Plan Ahead

If crossing the border into Scotland, make sure you have checked to see if there are any specific travel restrictions for Scotland that may vary from those in England, Wales or Northern Ireland. Latest updates can be found here.

Check businesses are open and, if you need to, please pre-book.

Look out for businesses supporting the ‘Good to Go‘ and ‘Safe Travels‘ schemes our businesses are working hard to ensure your safety and welcome.

We would recommend that you follow us, tourism businesses or communities on social for latest ‘open’ updates, or phone ahead to check.

Remember that many businesses may prefer card payments,but others may still prefer cash – so come prepared.

Love it Like a Local

Treat the area as you would wish your own community to be treated.

If it’s busy, move on and explore somewhere different – there is much to see in the South of Scotland and you can find out more by browsing our website and by downloading our app.

If wild camping or touring in a campervan, then please be responsible and considerate to where you stop keep things clean and safe.

When out and about, whatever you bring with you take it away with you. Bring a bag for your litter and keep Scotland beautiful.

Some public toilets may remain closed, so please go before you venture out. Toilet facilities are listed on Scotland Starts Here.

Park considerately not blocking roads or access. If it’s too busy, please carry on.

Please remember to observe the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.

Getting About

Visit fewer locations and really get to know the area – eat local, see local and buy local. We want you to immerse yourself in the South of Scotland community. It’s a great way to experience all that the South of Scotland has to offer and get a real flavour of the region.


The South of Scotland has many excellent and varied walking and cycling routes – enjoy some slow travel. Remember to stick to paths where they are provided and don’t disturb any wildlife. Be mindful of our working landscapes as well, and keep dogs on leads near livestock.


With an abundance of coastline, stunning landscapes, nature reserves and great wildlife take your time, pause and enjoy the view and the wonderful fresh air.


If using public transport observe the relevant requirements to allow travel. Local travel options can be found using Traveline Scotland.


Visit, any time of the year. Here in the South of Scotland, we welcome visitors throughout the year and its great to explore across the different seasons. With the opportunity to actually experience four seasons in one day, you might want to come prepared. As the great Billy Connolly once said: “There’s no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong clothing.”

Protect Others and Yourself

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Do not travel if you have Covid-19 symptoms or have been told to isolate.

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Observe physical distancing and wear a face covering when required.

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Regularly use hand sanitser and wash your hands frequently.

Respect, Protect and Enjoy

From a historical and cultural perspective, the South of Scotland is central to Scotland’s story, identity and soul. Follow the thread that connects the Scottish people to the place it is woven, along roads and pathways shaped over centuries. Explore areas that forged a nation, whose ancient battles echo across time and whose culture defined the national character. Stand in the places that inspired our greatest. Absorb the spirit of Scotland in the landscapes where it still flows freely, from gently rolling hillsides to dramatic coastlines.

Scotland starts here – please enjoy yourself and be a responsible visitor. We want you to have a wonderful time and we can’t wait to welcome you again and again.