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Lifeline coronavirus funding aids one hundred country sports tourism businesses

25/03/2021
Vital coronavirus funding worth £1M has been awarded to over one hundred hard-hit country sports tourism businesses in Scotland, following a concerted lobbying campaign by two of the sector’s leading representative bodies. The Scottish Country Sports Tourism Group (SCSTG) and the  British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) made representations to the Scottish Government in February […]

Covid-19 – Local Authority Discretionary Funds

10/03/2021
Businesses which are not eligible for government Covid 19 funding may be eligible for Local Authority Discretionary Funds – see full details here.

Webinar – Visit Scotland ‘Country Sports Tourism Restart Fund’

25/02/2021
SCSTG was joined by Neil Christison from VisitScotland and Ross Ewing from BASC Scotland on 24 February 2021 for a webinar discussing the VisitScotland ‘Country Sports Tourism Restart Fund’.  Many thanks to all who attended and we hope you found it useful; for those who couldn’t make it this link will take you to the […]

SCSTG Receives VisitScotland Sector and Destination Operational and Market Readiness Funding

23/02/2021
New funding for Scottish Country Sports Tourism Group The Scottish Country Sports Tourism Group (SCSTG) has been awarded funding from the VisitScotland “Sector and Destination Operational and Market Readiness Fund”. This fund was established to support pan-Scotland tourism sector groups whose role is critical to the ongoing success of the tourism industry to prepare for […]

Brexit and Country Sports Travellers from the EU

19/01/2021
As of 31st December 2020, the UK is no longer a member of the European Union and, while many rules have changed, particularly for UK citizens travelling abroad, for EU citizens travelling to the UK for sport the guidance remains largely the same.  Thus a European Firearms Pass will still be valid for those in […]

Additional government funding for businesses affected by Covid-19 restrictions

13/01/2021
If your business is required to close by law or to significantly change its operations due to COVID-19 restrictions from 2 November 2020, you may be eligible to apply for the Strategic Business Framework Fund. In the context of this fund, sporting businesses should define themselves as a leisure business.  There is no guarantee of […]

Guest Blog – Macnab Challenge with Links House Dornoch

10/11/2020
Jon Tainton booked his Macnab Challenge through Links House hotel in Dornoch. He was accompanied by his wife Rebecca throughout the 3-night stay. The package included a full day of training the day before the actual Macnab – fly fishing on the Upper Brora river system in the morning and an afternoon of rifle and […]

Survey Link and Covering Letter From SCSTG Chair

13/10/2020
Dear Provider, As incoming Chair, I write to you knowing this is a time of unprecedented challenge to your business. As a sector we have worked extremely hard, and across all organisations, to devise clear industry-wide operating protocols to manage the Covid risk and allow country sports to continue. In this regard, I thank all […]

Framework of Appropriate Covid-19 Precautions for Country Sports – Updated October 2020

12/10/2020
A number of country sports and land management organisations in Scotland have now published updated guidance for employers, employees and practitioners to allow these activities to move forward following revised guidance from the Scottish Government.  Read the full document here. The guidance covers game shooting, deer stalking, wildfowling, gamekeeping and fishing.  The framework will also be […]

‘Consistent approach’ to coronavirus restrictions needed for Scottish accommodation businesses

24/09/2020
Two of Scotland’s leading country sports organisations are calling on the Scottish Government to adopt a more consistent approach to coronavirus restrictions for accommodation businesses. The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) and the Scottish Country Sports Tourism Group (SCSTG) have suggested that the Scottish Government’s u-turn on the ‘one household rule’ for self-catering […]