Visitor Accommodation in north east Scotland

VisitScotland, the national tourism organisation for Scotland, operates a 1-5 star grading scheme where visitor accommodation of all kinds including hotels, guest houses, Bed and Breakfast (B&B), hostels and self catering is assessed. This ensure that each establishment meets the standards set for facilities and service, for comfort and cleanliness, making it easier for you to make the right choice.

Cyclist Welcome Scheme Scotland

Cyclists Welcome Logo

In addition to the 1-5 star grading scheme, a number of visitor accommodation providers are members of the Cyclists Welcome Scheme - look out for the logo when booking accommodation. To join this scheme, members must provide additional facilities specific to the needs of road cyclists and mountain bikers.

Cyclists Welcome Scheme members will offer the following in addition to normal services:

For Serviced Accommodation:

- a separate space should be available for drying outdoor clothing and footwear so clothes can dry overnight;
- a lockable covered shed for bike storage;
- details of the nearest cycle specialist;
- a hot drink should be available on arrival;
- a late evening meal (available until 8:00 pm) if there are no other meal providers within one mile. A late night snack should be offered after 8:00 pm;
- early breakfast option from 7:00 am, or for very early leavers a tray the night before;
- a packed lunch should you request one or your flask filled;
- and a supply of local cycling routes information, local public transport and a weather forecast for visitor reference.
 

 

 

For self-catering accommodation and hostels:

- a separate space should be available for drying outdoor clothing and footwear so clothes can dry overnight;
- a lockable covered shed for bike storage;
- details of the nearest cycle specialist;
- information on local cycle routes;
- a telephone number for information on the weather forecast;
- facilities for washing clothes or location of the nearest launderette;
- details of the establishment's Ordnance Survey co-ordinates (if outside a village).
 

Finding Cycle Friendly Visitor Accommodation in Scotland

Visit the VisitScotland website for a listing of Cyclists Welcome Scheme providers

VisitScotland Web Site
 

It is worth noting that not all accommodation providers are members of VisitScotland, in particular some of the larger Aberdeen and Moray hotel chains, and AirBnB accommodation. This doesn't make their accommodation bad, or inferior - it can just makes your decision to use them a wee bit more difficult because they do not work to a common set of standards.

 

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