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Country Sports Tourism

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

‘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 […]

COUNTRY SPORTS IN SCOTLAND: A PROPOSED FRAMEWORK FOR APPROPRIATE COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS

03/07/2020
A number of country sports and land management organisations in Scotland have now published their guidance for employers, employees and practitioners to allow these activities to move forward following lockdown.  This important publication coincides with the relaxation on some tourism activities and the relaxation of the five mile travel restriction for leisure activities.  As more […]

Covid-19 Update – Latest on the easing of restrictions

24/06/2020
The First Minister has today announced, at her latest briefing with regard to the easing of lockdown restrictions, that self-contained holiday accommodation such as holiday cottages, with no shared services, will be permitted to open on 3rd July, at which point the 5 mile travel restriction will also be eased.   The tourism sector as a […]

SCSTG Requesting Support for Country Sports Businesses during Covid-19 Pandemic

02/04/2020
Following the Scottish Government’s announcement last week of financial support for businesses during the Covid-19 pandemic, Chair of the SCSTG Sarah Troughton has written to Cabinet Secretary for Finance Kate Forbes querying the exclusion of country sports businesses such as ‘deer forests’, ‘game larders’ and ‘shootings’ from the list of businesses qualifying for both the […]

Fishing & Covid-19 – Update from Fisheries Management Scotland

26/03/2020
See latest blog from Fisheries Management Scotland (FMS): Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic  March 25, 2020 by alan / We have received a number of enquiries as to whether fishing is included in the Government’s list of exercises permitted during the lockdown, or indeed whether all fishing should cease. The approach adopted by the UK and Scottish Governments is designed […]