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Date published: 27 July 2020

Sail Scotland Launches Shop to Ship Marketplace to boost marine tourism spend

  • A web-based platform for shore-based food and craft producers to promote and sell products to visiting yachts and pleasure craft aimed to assist the economic recovery of our remote rural and island locations
  • Enhances the sailing experience and support food & drink and crafts sectors.
  • Promoted through the marketing channels of Sail Scotland, strategic partners, member businesses, destinations and produce suppliers.

The new scheme promotes the purchase of local seafood, fresh food, arts and crafts but also in a manner that in light of Covid-19 respects the wishes of communities regarding visitors stepping ashore at destination ports, anchorages and harbours.

The portal promotes a range of produce including: Beer wines and spirits, Local Seafood, Fresh Foods, Meats, Bakery, Dairy, Takeaway, Groceries, Household, Arts, and Crafts

Tourism Secretary Fergus Ewing said: “As we see the further re-opening of our tourism and hospitality sectors, I am delighted that Sail Scotland are introducing their Shop to Ship initiative. It recognises the opportunities for cross-selling food and drink that tourism delivers, often in our most remote areas. It also enables individual businesses and their host communities to be recognised as welcoming destinations, with the processes tailored precisely to local circumstances and built in from the beginning.

Alan Rankin Chief Executive of Sail Scotland said, “A key element of the world class Scottish sailing experience is the world class food and drink available through local shoreside businesses. This pilot initiative is aimed to enhance the sailing experience and offer vital sales to local coastal and island businesses.”

The Shop to Ship campaign will be promoted widely by Sail Scotland, Scotland Food and Drink, destination groups and user social media channels to the rural business network and marine tourism users. The platform is available  for businesses to register at

Getting Listed

  • Supplier/producer logs in to Sail Scotland Shop to Ship registration page to register their business. This process automatically provides supplier with a FREE associate membership of Sail Scotland.
  • Once registered and approved the business will appear within a directory listing, pinned to a map of Scotland linking to their business and have a self-editing page linking directly back to their business.
  • On approval the business will be able to self-edit a business page to promote:
  • Local collection arrangements will be confirmed by the seller regarding collection.

Shop to Shop Information HERE

Shoreside business ? Register your FREE Business Listing HERE

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