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.
We’re 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.
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, the array of Biosphere-certified businesses in leisure, hospitality, and more can help you create the perfect stay.
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 link below.
Meet Our Certified Businesses