The Environment

Mist on the hills

Operating in a sustainable way which minimises the impact on the environment is today very much part of any good business. We promote and encourage all businesses to commit to the principles of Green Tourism.

However, many of our members do much more and are graded under the Green Tourism Business Scheme (GTBS).

GTBS is the leading sustainable tourism certification scheme in the UK. Businesses who join are rigorously assessed under specific criteria and then graded accordingly at Gold, Silver or Bronze levels.

The Environment and Country Code

Walking boots

We are also now operating a scheme we call "Voluntary Payback Scheme" which depends on you our visitors donating small amounts of money when you stay here at Loch Ness or visit one of our participating member businesses. It is, as the name suggests absolutely voluntary and all donations go to good environmental projects around the Loch.

We are very aware that you all at some point during your visit to the Highlands want to get out and about to enjoy the hills and wide open spaces that we have here in abundance so we though it would be a good idea to point you to the Outdoor Access Code below so that you may, "know before you go”

Outdoor Access

Know the Code before you go ..

Enjoy Scotland's outdoors! Everyone has the right to be on most land and
inland water for recreation, education and for going from place to place
providing they act responsibly. These access rights and responsibilities
are explained in the Scottish Outdoor Access Code. The key things are:
When you're in the outdoors:
• take personal responsibility for your own actions and act safely;
• respect people's privacy and peace of mind;
• help land managers and others to work safely and effectively;
• care for your environment and take your litter home;
• keep your dog under proper control;
• take extra care if you're organising an event or running a
If you're managing the outdoors:
• respect access rights;
• act reasonably when asking people to avoid land management
• work with your local authority and other bodies to help integrate
access and land management;
• respect rights of way and customary access.
Find out more by visiting
or phoning your local Scottish Natural Heritage office.