See top Scottish destinations car-free

Couple cycling on country road with castle silhouette in far background
23 June 2015

A new guide, launched today, provides directions for tourists to reach Scotland’s top 24 visitor destinations without the need for a car, as well as instructions for tourism operators to improve sustainable transport access to their sites across Scotland.

The guide, Car-Free Tourism, is a project commissioned by Sustrans Scotland and delivered by Transform Scotland.

The Car-Free Tourism website provides detailed instructions on accessing the sites without having to jump between a number of travel planning websites. Each page has all the information tourists require to travel to the site without spending time on lots of research. Walking and cycling routes are provided as files that can be downloaded to smartphone apps and GPS devices. The site also provides advice for tourism operators encouraging them to develop or improve sustainable travel options for visitors. 

Commenting, John Lauder, National Director of Sustrans Scotland, said:

“Visitors arriving by foot and on bike bring a host of benefits. They can improve their health through taking exercise. It means fewer cars on the road and as a result less pollution. Cyclists and walkers also tend to have a greater local economic impact. But, perhaps more importantly, by improving access by public transport and active travel, tourist attractions are opened up to the third of Scottish households who have no access to a car."

Jolin Warren, Head of Research at Transform Scotland, said:

“It's easy to visit most of Scotland’s popular tourist attractions on foot, by bike or by public transport. Our new guide presents the best of Scotland without a car. It provides visitors with detailed but simple instructions on the nearest railway station, local buses, as well as hand-chosen walking and cycling routes. 

"There are of course hundreds of other visitor destinations across Scotland. We hope that our guide will inspire those managing these sites to look at how they too can improve access by public transport, by bike, and on foot."

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