Policy & Lobbying
The Scottish Government sees tourism as a major growth area for the Scottish Economy in the coming years. Rural Scotland is well placed to take full advantage of this growth. Many landowners and farmers across Scotland have already diversified into tourism and provide first class attractions and accommodation.

Newer opportunities include the growing international reputation Scotland has as:
  • a wildlife watching and activity holiday destination;
  • culture and heritage tourism destination; and
  • food and drink tourism destination.

Scottish Land & Estates engages with Government and relevant agencies such as VisitScotland to ensure members tourism interests are recognised and supported. In addition, we make representation to the treasury on issues relating to the taxation treatment of tourism businesses and lobby government to reduce red tape. 

Scottish Land & Estates’ current work in this area includes:

    Information Sheets

    • 09/07/2013 - Tourism 02: Requirements for Small Scale Tourist Accommodation
      It is necessary and important to consider whether or not planning permission is required and if necessary whether or not planning permission would be granted for your development before starting your venture. Some developments will not require planning permission, some developments only require a building warrant and/or a lic
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    • 06/09/2012 - Tourism 05: Year of Natural Scotland & Year of Homecoming
      This Information Sheet gives information on the Year of Natural Scotland (2013) and the Year of Homecoming (2014), including sources of funding and support for projects which contribute to these promotions.  This funding will benefit members with tourism-related businesses.
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    • 09/06/2011 - Tourism 01 - Funding Your Tourism Project
       This informtion sheet provides advice on a wide range of potential funding sources for developing new or enhancing existing tourism products.
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