We are committed to Sustainable
Tourism and are making every effort to create a business with zero
negative impact on the environment and our beautiful local
area. We are incredibly lucky to be located right in the heart
of the beautiful
Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Unesco Biosphere - a UNESCO
designated area where we value and protect the world class
environment we live in. We love to tell our guests all about
what makes this place so special and magical! We are proud to have been
Biosphere Certification Mark, which recognises exemplars in
local sustainable enterprise. Biospheres are the only
internationally recognised "badge" for demonstrating excellence
in sustainable development.
We are strong supporters of UN
Sustainable Development Goals and work towards achieving
these as far as possible within our own wee microbusiness! We
want to promote conservation and respect for the environment
both locally and further afield – “think global, act local”. We
also want to promote health and wellbeing for our visitors,
helping guests connect with nature, the environment and local
Caring for our Planet and
- We have eliminated all
single use plastics from our business.
- We do not use pesticides
or weedkillers in our gardens.
- We provide nest boxes for
birds in our gardens.
- We are passionate about
promoting Red Squirrel Conservation and we volunteer with
Saving Scotlands Red Squirrels.
Supporting Local People,
Community and Businesses
- We promote local events,
shops, eateries, activities and attractions to guests, both
through paper versions in the cottages and links on our
website, supporting fellow local businesses.
- We are Proud Supporters of
the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere.
- We look after the cottages
ourselves as our full time job but when we need extra help
(for example if we go away) we employ local people from the
village to do changeovers for us, and pay a rate above the
- We work with local
businesses wherever we can. We buy our wood and heating oil
locally, we use local firms for all our cottage
plumbing/repairs/maintenance, and we buy our cottage
supplies in local shops.
- We promote sustainable
tourism, asking guests to turn down heat and turn off lights
whenever they go out.
- We recycle our own waste
and we promote recycling, asking guests to make use of the
recycling bins on the property.
- Where kerbside recycling
is not offered (glass and soft plastics) we collect waste
from guests and recycle it ourselves.
- We encourage less use of
cars by offering suggestions for excellent walking & cycling
options, and have created our own map of routes direct from
the front door for guests.
- We inform guests about
public transport options to encourage them to visit without
- We provide secure bike
storage and bike wash facilities, to encourage our guests to
cycle. We can also recommend bike hire for our guests.
- We use refillable
dispensers for shower gel, shampoo and washing up liquid,
- We operate a paperless
booking system and save paperwork as pdfs rather than
printing paper copies.
- We provide guests with
washable, reusable dishcloths for washing up rather than
throwaway plastic sponges.
Reducing Energy & Water
- We have installed energy
saving LED lighting in our cottages.
- We have invested in new
boilers, insulation and double glazing to make our cottages
more energy efficient.
- We provide unlimited free
logs and kindling, to encourage guests to use the log burner
(wood is a carbon neutral energy source) rather than using
the oil central heating.
- We have dual flush toilets
in our cottages to reduce water consumption.
- We hang our cottage
laundry outside to dry whenever weather permits, reducing
use of the dryer.
- We have a green towel
policy, providing only one large towel per guests unless
they request more, to eliminate unnecessary washing.
- All cold water from our
taps is drinking water.