Scotland by boat and bike vacation
Description of Scotland by boat and bike vacation
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PlanetScotland’s Inner Hebrides are known for their spectacular landscapes still largely untouched by mass tourism. We believe that cycling trips are the best way to experience such a destination; because you have more time to appreciate the changing landscapes and get to know locals in the villages and towns that you pass through while having a minimal impact on your environment.
This slow style of travel not only affords you more time to appreciate the natural beauty of Scotland but, just as importantly, positively contributes to the regions that host you.
We are aligned with “Leave No Trace”, an international organisation that has set the global standard for outdoor ethics. Through targeted education, research and outreach, its mission is to ensure the long-term health of our natural world while maintaining sustainable recreation in nature
Our Waste Management Policy encourages our travelers to take their own reusable water bottles, coffee cups and reusable stuff sacks to avoid single-use plastics. We follow this same philosophy in our office as well as on the trail: in our London office we have banned single use coffee cups and water bottles. We use recycled paper in our office and we are working towards reducing the amount of paper we use, as well as recycling all of our paper and plastic waste
PeopleOn the trip you are accommodated on a comfortable ship, the original vessel set sail in 1903 as a herring lugger, but has now been rebuilt to accommodate 10 guest cabins. As the trip is boat based, we have carefully planned meals, so the group can eat at the local restaurants/cafes for some meals, rather than having all food on ship. This means the local community benefits, and you get to experience local hospitality in the small places we visit.
We encourage clients to visit a traditional Scottish Pub, perhaps even try Haggis! And a visit to a cosy tearoom on Mull is scheduled to ensure your tourist spend benefits the local community. Plus you have the chance to visit the Kilmartin Stone Circles museum to explore the ancient history.
In 2000 we developed the award winning Responsible Travel Guidebook, which presented our Travel Group’s comprehensive policies on sustainable travel. Over the years our Responsible Travel Guidebook has evolved to meet the ever-changing landscape of sustainable travel. In March 2018 The Thoughtful Traveler booklet was launched, which is an easy-to-read document that empowers travelers with suggestions about how they can be part of the solution and collectively make the world a better place when they travel. Everyone is encouraged to read the Thoughtful Traveler ebook before departure.