COVID-19 GUIDELINES & UPDATES for Wildlife, Adventure and Activity Operators in Scotland


If you have a questions relating to your outdoor activity and the answer is not listed below, please get in touch with Wild Scotland – and we will do our best to find the answer for you. 

The latest update from the Scottish Government relating to tightened restrictions – stay at home Lockdown (5th January 2021) 
The latest announcement means that to minimise the risk of spreading the virus, you must stay at home as much as possible. By law, in a level 4 area, you can only leave your home or garden for essential purpose. Those in Shetlands, Orkney, the Western Isles and other island areas currently in level 3 will remain there, but will be kept under review. Find out what the levels mean for your business here.

Grants for businesses that are required to close by law as a result of COVID-19 restrictions. Find out who is eligible and how to apply

Sport and physical activity guidance 

Tourism and Hospitality Guidance

Scotland’s Protection Levels 

Local Protection Levels 

Local advice and measures 

Government Advice and FAQ’s

Guidance for Transport Operators.

Financial Support 

Find business support 

Scottish Enterprise Advice and Support 

People Support – Skills Development Scotland 

Business Gateway – digital boost and other useful webinars 

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Wild Scotland has produced guidelines to support and signpost operators and businesses in the Wildlife, Adventure and Activity Tourism Sector in Scotland, to websites and other information pools to provide them with generic guidelines and advice relating to Covid-19 to ensure they operate safely and securely for the benefit of themselves, their staff, their visitors and the wider public. The guidance includes information relating to each activity and a link to the appropriate NGB for clear guidance. 

The suggestions are not meant to be definitive or finite, they are there to aid everyone to make sensible decisions within their own operations.

COVID-19 Guidance for Wildlife, Adventure and Activity Operators in Scotland– updated 7th January 2021 I please note this guidance and associated links will be updated on a regular basis as guidelines change – Issue 12

COVID-19 Guidance for Wildlife Watching Day Tours

We would like to remind operators that the physical distancing rule of 2 metres applies for indoor and outdoor activities unless for transporting guests to / from activities where 1 metre is allowed.  Another exemption to the 2 metre physical distancing rule is for day trip boat operators who may also operate with 1 metre. Day trip boat operators and activity providers using transport for guests please follow: Guidance for Transport Operators.

When guests are mixing under 2 metres whether indoors or outdoors, in a mini bus or on a boat – face masks must be warn at ALL TIMES.

All other activity specific guidance including further exemptions to the 2 metre rule can be found within the Wild Scotland Covid-19 Guidelines here.

Other GUIDELINES AND INFORMATION relating to Covid-19


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Previous updates and useful links relating to Covid-19

Please note that advice from the Scottish Government may differ from that of England and Wales.