Visitor attractions in Scotland are good to go

Residents and holidaymakers alike are being encouraged to enjoy Scotland’s world-class attractions, both in the October holidays and beyond.

Saturday, 10th October 2020, 7:30 am
Masking up...staff at Camera Obscura and World of Illusions are not letting Covid-19 spoil their visitors’ experience.

The sector has fully embraced the UK-wide We’re Good to Go scheme, with 460 visitor attractions across Scotland signed up to the industry standard.

It aims to provide reassurance to visitors that clear Covid-19 processes are in place and they are ready to welcome visitors in a safe and compliant manner.

Measures include pre-booked, timed entry to limit capacity and gather contact tracing details; two metre physical distancing; one-way routes to control visitor flow; additional hand sanitising stations and directional signage; sneeze-screens; enhanced cleaning regimes; and contactless payment facilities.

In line with the most recent Scottish Government advice, face coverings are also required in all indoor spaces.

With attractions in every area of Scotland, there’s ample opportunity to have fun while adhering to the latest Covid-19 restrictions.

Gordon Morrison, chief executive of the Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions, said: “Looking at the news just now, the public could be forgiven for feeling that this is not the time to be visiting attractions, that they could be unsafe and put people in danger of contracting the virus.

“In fact the opposite is true!

“There have been zero cases of Covid-19 linked to attractions in Scotland to date.

“Not only are attractions operating with the most rigorous of measures in place to ensure maximum visitor safety but there has actually never been a better time to get out and explore the wealth of great experiences our sector has to offer.

“With restrictions limiting visitor numbers, those who do visit will find themselves in a pretty unique environment, with more opportunities to explore and can experience sites without the usual hustle and bustle normally associated with visiting in the October holidays.

“Many attractions have also taken the opportunity presented by lockdown to develop new, creative solutions to telling their story while keeping people safe.

“With numbers limited, and very few international visitors, it really is a great time for our citizens to rediscover the wonderful sites on their doorsteps.”

Visitors should look out for the We’re Good to Go mark at attractions and online.

Among those signed up is the National Mining Museum Scotland, which has introduced a new digital tour allowing visitors to independently explore while following a new route and one-way system around the site.

Edinburgh’s Mercat Tours has also introduced a new TourTalk device where visitors bring their own earphones and can hear the storyteller through

the device, which helps with physical distancing.

At Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, providing all staff members with unique, illusion-based face coverings has been key to ensuring everyone’s safety while maintaining an element of fun in the visitor experience.

And at Highland Safaris in Perthshire, Rua the Red Deer is on hand to provide safety tips throughout your visit.

For more inspirational day trip ideas, visit www.visitscotland.com/see-do/attractions.