Wild Scotland Best Practice Guidelines

Enjoy a wildlife boat trip with Gairloch Marine Wildlife Centre & Cruises

Enjoy a wildlife boat trip with Gairloch Marine Wildlife Centre & Cruises

Wild Scotland provides advice and guidance to all its members on best practice.

We have revised our guidelines for operators who include wildlife watching as part of their trips and the guidelines can be downloaded here.

The document provides general advice for companies taking people to enjoy wildlife and complement existing codes of conduct for specific activities and species.

The guidelines, the first of their kind in the UK, were launched at the first World Responsible Tourism Day in London in 2007 – click here for more info.

Why do we need best practice guidelines?

Responsible tourism is a key part of Wild Scotland’s activities, and all our members, both adventure and wildlife activity providers, sign up to follow guidelines. As the national wildlife and adventure tourism association, we are setting standards through the collective experience and knowledge of our members.

As nature-based tourism increases, we want to make sure that our wildlife is not affected by the increasing number of people wanting to see it.

You can read our previous guidelines here: