Explore the Biosphere

Sustainable Tourism – What we’re trying to achieve

Our goal is to help visitors find an exceptional, memorable, and sustainable experience whether their time in southwest Scotland is long or short. We want to ensure that tourism here is nature-friendly and whenever possible, community-led. The UNESCO Biosphere ethos means creating closer connections between people and place, and we’re striving to make this part of the experience for everyone. Take a look at our Visitor Charter which encompasses what we’re trying to achieve.

The GSA Biosphere Partnership is proud to work in collaborative partnerships to promote and protect this amazing region, including with local authorities, VisitScotland, the South of Scotland Destination Alliance, the National Trust for Scotland, and the UK National Commission for UNESCO.


Why choose the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere?

The GSA Biosphere was named in National Geographic’s prestigious annual ‘Cool List’ and among Rough Guides’ ‘Best Travel Destinations’  for 2024 as part of Scotland’s UNESCO Trail. It was also one of the first Scottish destinations to appear on the Tourism Cares Meaningful Travel Map.

If you’re planning a trip, scroll down to find the Biosphere Experience for you. Biosphere Communities offer a warm welcome to all, while Biosphere Guides are available for bespoke itineraries. Our Self-Guided Discoveries are packed with ideas of where to go and what to see, and we have an exciting calendar of Sustainable Events throughout the year. Whenever you join us, an array of Biosphere-certified businesses will help you create the perfect stay.

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Our Certified Businesses

Advocating for Sustainable Tourism

Businesses are awarded the Biosphere Certification Mark in recognition of their commitment to sustainable practice: minimising their environmental impact and supporting local communities. It is their passion and action for the UNESCO region that makes our Biosphere so special. Find out more about the businesses that have joined this dynamic and innovative enterprise network via the button below.


Meet Our Certified Businesses

Get in touch if you have any questions about the experiences listed above, and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

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