The ‘Car-Free Tourism’ website provides detailed instructions on accessing the sites without having to jump between a number of travel planning websites. Each page has all the information tourists require to travel to the site without spending time on lots of research. Walking and cycling routes are provided as files that can be downloaded to smartphone apps and GPS devices. The site also provides advice for tourism operators encouraging them to develop or improve sustainable travel options for visitors.
Click on the image below to visit the site.
Jolin Warren, Head of Research at Transform Scotland, said:
“It’s easy to visit most of Scotland’s popular tourist attractions on foot, by bike or by public transport. Our new guide presents the best of Scotland without a car. It provides visitors with detailed but simple instructions on the nearest railway station, local buses, as well as hand-chosen walking and cycling routes.
“There are of course hundreds of other visitor destinations across Scotland. We hope that our guide will inspire those managing these sites to look at how they too can improve access by public transport, by bike, and on foot.”
John Lauder, National Director of Sustrans Scotland, said:
“Visitors arriving by foot and on bike bring a host of benefits. They can improve their health through taking exercise. It means fewer cars on the road and as a result less pollution. Cyclists and walkers also tend to have a greater local economic impact. But, perhaps more importantly, by improving access by public transport and active travel, tourist attractions are opened up to the third of Scottish households who have no access to a car.”
Malcolm Roughead, Chief Executive of VisitScotland, said:
“This is an excellent initiative which will provide visitors to Scotland with alternative, environmentally friendly ways of getting to some of our outstanding attractions. As part of our Quality Assurance Scheme, VisitScotland encourages Scottish tourism businesses to promote public transport options and car-free activities, and Transform Scotland’s new guide will prove a useful resource to visitors and business owners alike.”
The project was launched at Glasgow’s Riverside Museum as, in recent years, much investment has gone into improving transport links to the site, with improved off-road walk and cycle routes, the Nextbike bike hire, SPT’s 100 Riversider bus service from George Square, and the recently-revamed Partick Interchange.
The ‘Car-Free Tourism’ website is available at <http://tourism.transform.scot>.
Transform Scotland have also launched a video illustrating the project.
The video was shown on the big screen in St Andrew Square Garden during Film in the City. The event was fantastically successful with almost 11,500 attending within the event arena across the weekend.