Responsible Tourism

In Scotland, we live amongst one of the most spectacular wilderness areas in Europe and we endeavor to operate in an environmentally aware and sustainable manner to preserve our own country.

The health of the environment is of concern to everyone and we at Absolute Escapes take our responsibilities seriously with a commitment to sustainable tourism that does its best to conserve and protect the world’s resources. Over the last 12 months we have addressed the environmental impact of the way in which we conduct our daily activities. We have put practices into place to reduce our waste, power usage and to use environmentally friendly products and recycled paper in our day to day lives wherever possible.

We encourage the use of Carbon Offsetting. Travel does have a hidden cost. Air Travel produces an inordinate amount of Carbon Dioxide emissions which contribute to climate change. You can help to minimise the impact of your journey by offsetting your carbon emissions

How We Reduce Our Environmental Impact

Benefiting Local Economies -

• The accommodations which we use are locally owned and run wherever possible (the few exceptions are used when there is no local alternative)
• Luggage and other transfers are provided by local suppliers
• Most of our accommodations are in villages and small towns in rural communities. Not only is the cost of the accommodation brought into the local economy, but also the additional spend by clients on evening meals, lunches, drinks etc.

Travel -

• We encourage clients to travel to and from their holidays by the most environmentally friendly means and provide details of public transport options where these exist

Office -

• We only use paper which is recycled
• We recycle all our paper waste and other waste so far as is possible
• We make every effort to use the minimum amount of materials such as paper in the first place
• We use energy saving light bulbs where suitable fittings exist

John Muir Trust

The John Muir Trust is a conservation charity dedicated to protecting and enhancing wild places in the UK. The trust owns and manages some of the finest wild spaces in Britain, including Ben Nevis, part of the Skye Cuillin, and Schiehallion. These areas provide vital space for adventure, excitement and solitude.

As corporate members, Absolute Escapes are committed to supporting the conservation efforts of the Trust and work with them to spread the message of the importance of wild spaces. You can help their efforts by donating through their website.

John Muir Trust

AITO Project Protect

As a member of the Association of Independent Tour Operators (AITO), we have committed to a sustainable approach to travel. Project Protect is AITO’s current instrument for improving and supporting sustainable tourism practices amongst its members.

In 2018, our AITO Protect Pledge was to further promote our partnership with the John Muir Trust. We include their logo and information about their activities on our website, social media channels and in all documentation that we send to our clients. This will reach over 150,000 people via our website, and 5,500 people via our social media channels. We will also include a leaflet in every information pack and details on our pledge to approx 1000 clients per year including details on how they can make their own donation.

We also pledged to arrange two conservation Volunteer Days for our team at the Glenlude Estate in the Scottish Borders. This involved planting 200 trees on the estate to assist with rewilding this former sheep farm and conifer plantation into a mosaic of native habitats.

Finally, we use the Give as you Live website so all stationery and printing purchases we make results in a donation of £150.00 to the Trust.

Our aim is to help the Trust provide wilder, more beautiful countryside for our customers to enjoy and to demonstrate that we can all contribute in small ways to the restoration of wild land and responsible tourism.

- We will arrange conservation days at Glenlude estate in the Scottish Borders where we will plant over 200 trees
- We will promote the Trust in all our communications with our clients
- We will raise money via an online fundraising platform

AITO protect