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Post Covid-19 Accommodation

fishyprofishypro Member ✭✭✭
Hi there,
I am very much interested in the opinion of tourists planning a trip to Scotland.

It looks as though B&Bs, Guest Houses & Hotels will be able to re-open from August.
They will need to operate on a very limited occupancy and with a ton of new rules & regulations regarding cleaning, social distancing etc.

Will you feel safe, after the lockdown is lifted, staying in a B&B, Guest House, Hotel?
Will you want to stay overnight?
That nice, cosy, home from home feel may no longer exist with the new regulations in place. Would that bother you?
A breakfast buffet may also no longer exist. Would you feel safe eating from a Buffet?

I am interested in your feedback.
Best regards


  • DamDam Member
    I'm very interested in your question.
    My girlfriend and I plan to visit Scotland in August if quarantine is lifted for french tourists.
    We essentially plan to book budget hotels, maybe 1 night or 2 in B&Bs.
    I think we'll be safe if we respect basic rules as washing hands, social distancing, wearing a mask inside public buildings. On the other hand, we wouldn't feel safe eating from a buffet: assemblies are dangerous in my opinion.
    I'd like to return you a question: beyond a (hypothetical) quarantine lift this summer, do you think communities will feel comfortable with welcoming tourists from abroad ?

  • fishyprofishypro Member ✭✭✭
    Hi @Dam,

    Thank you for your thoughts.
    That's a good question regarding the communities.

    There are a few communities, especially the islands, that don't want visitors, at the moment, during the Coronavirus pandemic.
    I think, if the airports and border control do proper checks & tests then most of Scotland would have no problems in inviting tourists & guests back to their communities.

    The tourism trade is huge in Scotland and the businesses need exactly that.

    One thing that you may find when accommodation providers re-open, is that many of them will no longer accept 1night stays due to the number of regulations that are involved. It may be, for some, no longer viable, financially.

    Hope you are able to visit in August. Good luck!

    Thanks again,
    Best regards
  • AleJAleJ Member
    Ciao @fishypro

    I'm also interested in your survey. My sister, me and a friend booked stays from 15 to 24 August in 3 different structures (3 nights in Balmaha, 2 in Kyle of Lochalsh and 3 in Edinburgh) and we would like to come if the quarantine is revoked for all Italian tourists. I think that I observe the established hygiene rules (washing hands, using disinfectant gels, masks indoors when social distancing is not possible) I would feel safe. For the breakfast buffet I would feel safe if everyone uses their own fork or spoon (clean of course) to pick up the food. I too like @Dam wonder if we will be welcome ....
    Do you think Phase 3 already incudes the possibility for foreign tourist to come to Scotrland?


  • fishyprofishypro Member ✭✭✭
    Hi @AleJ,

    Thank you for your reply.
    It is good to hear that you would feel safe coming back to Scotland.
    As of Tomorrow, Scotland moves into Phase 2.

    I hope that Phase 3 allows tourists back into the country and hopefully we will also have social distancing at 1m instead of 2m.

    We will have to see what the government decides.

    Best regards

    Best regards
  • OlivierOlivier Member
    Dear All,

    We should start our vacation in Scotland starting July, 31st, we haven't booked anything due to the current unstable situation (covid). There's now 11 days remaining before landing in Edinburgh and we are still hesitating whether we should come or not (no accommodations booked yet...)

    We would like to spend most of our time on the Isle of Skye and in Edinburgh. As Graeme mentioned in one of his previous message dated June, 17th:
    "There are a few communities, especially the islands, that don't want visitors, at the moment, during the Coronavirus pandemic."

    This makes us still very reluctant to go on the Isle of Skye, do you know how this is evolving? We would not like to be disappointed by a visit in an hostile environment. Please also note that we were both positive to Covid an therefore we have the antibodies.

    Thank you for your comments, especially if you're living directly on theIsle of Skye...

    Best regards,
  • VisitScotlandLindsayVisitScotlandLindsay Member, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
    Hi @Olivier

    Thank you for your message and your interest in coming to visit Scotland. It really is a tricky situation for everyone and their plans, not knowing what to do for the best.

    In terms of accommodation, a lot of the Bed and Breakfasts and Self Catering providers are already booked up. Some of the providers still are not open yet so there is less availability. Hotels seem to be a bit more available. So if it was B&Bs you were looking for i definitely wouldn't recommend you coming with nothing booked.

    Edinburgh iCentre was one of the 1st 5 to open this week but with limited hours to start with opening from 10am until 3pm. They would be able to help you with knowing whats open at this time. The numbers are limited into the iCentres so there may be a little wait.

    In terms of visiting Skye, Portree iCentre opens on the 27th July, so they will be expecting visitors. Skye is connected to the mainland by a bridge so not as remote as the other islands that need ferry access, and these are the communities that are more restricted at the moment. Although they are closed at the moment, emails are manned 9-5 Monday to Friday so please drop them an email if you require anymore information about Skye [email protected]

    How do you plan to travel around while you are here? Public transport can be limited at the moment, especially city link buses, you need to book these in advance online or at the bus station. 

    Also to let you know that if you do travel, face coverings are now mandatory in Scotland for all public transport and shops and places where social distancing can't be adhered to.

    I hope that helps you with your plans a little, but please feel free to get back in touch if you need anymore information.

    Kind Regards

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