Scotland’s tourism minister Fergus Ewing has told Scotland’s tourism businesses to prepare to reopen on July 15th, conditional on Scotland reaching stage 3 of its lockdown easing plan. The final decision on whether to go ahead will be made at the 9th July review.
Restrictions on travel outside of people’s local area are expected to lift from the 15th July, which will see a return to hillwalking for people who live some distance from the mountains.
However, he also wanted that “absolutely nothing can be guaranteed” and the date could be changed if infection rates do not continue to fall.
The Scottish government is aiming to publish guidance to tourism businesses on 18th June, which will help them prepare for reopening the following month.
Walkhighlands features over 2,000 holiday cottages, hotels, bed and breakfasts, hostels and campsites. It is expected that demand for self-catering holiday cottages could be very high, due to the short season left. When making any bookings, be sure to check with the individual business what their policy is if your stay cannot go ahead due to continuing or reimposed restrictions.