Welcome to The Coig’s coronavirus travel advice page. We want all of our visitors to enjoy their time in our beautiful region and to support our communities and businesses by shopping locally.

With the easing of lockdown restrictions we ask that you travel responsibly, protect yourselves and each other from becoming infected with the highly dangerous Covid-19 virus.

The Scottish Government has recently announced their Route Map to recovery with provisional reopening dates of 3rd July for self-catering accommodation, 6th July for outdoor hospitality and 15th July 2020 for the rest of tourism and accommodation providers to re-open.

If you are planning to visit any of The Coig’s 5 routes as restrictions ease, please travel responsibly and be considerate to our local communities by following the published guidelines.

Full guidance from the Scottish Government for retail, tourism and hospitality customers can be found here. Wear face coverings, practice good hand hygiene and adhere to social distancing guidelines.

Know before you go

For future day trips and overnight stays to The Coig’s 5 routes, please plan ahead carefully and check opening arrangements with the businesses directly.

It is even more important to check with CalMac ahead of any plans to travel by ferry to any of our islands. Ferry tickets need to be booked well in advance.

Remember:

  • Maintain physical distancing at all times, indoors and outdoors
  • If the number of Covid-19 cases begin to rise again, lockdown restrictions may need to be reintroduced, either locally to nationally.
  • Please prepare to be adaptable to changes in your travel plans. Have some thoughts about a back-up or plan B.
  • Please self-declare that you are fit to travel and are not showing any symptoms of Covid-19 before you leave home. Please do not travel if you have any symptoms at all.

PHASE 3 – Dates and measures are subject to change 

From 3rd July 2020

You are permitted to:

  • Travel beyond your local area to enjoy the outdoors, day trips and exercise as distance restriction of 5 miles will be relaxed
  • Book self-catering accommodation or visit your second home
  • Use full services of public transport (be aware that there will be limited capacity)

From 6th July 2020:

  • Enjoy outdoor hospitality, including beer gardens

From 10th July:

  • People can meet in extended groups outdoors with physical distancing
  • Households can meet indoors with up to a maximum of two other households

From 13th July:

  • You can visit shops inside shopping centres

From 15th July:

  • Book a stay at any type of holiday accommodation
  • Eat out at restaurants and pubs indoors with new hygiene measures
  • Go to museums, galleries, cinemas, monuments and libraries with new measures in place, including booking tickets in advance. Please make sure to check with individual providers to check opening times and information before your visit.
  • We urge everyone to allow extra time for all travel and plans for visiting attractions or taking part in activities.

#BeKind

Please be kind to fellow day trippers, staycationers, shop staff and key workers. We are all trying to adjust to a new way of life.

Stop the Spread

We need to do all we can to help stop the spread of the highly dangerous Covid-19 virus. Please practise good hygiene at all times, in all places and respect any restrictions made by our local businesses and attractions to keep you safe.

Keep Updated

The latest Scottish Government Coronavirus information. Please remember that official advice in Scotland may differ from that of England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

For the latest tourism updates, please see the VisitScotland website.

Travelling by ferry? Please see the CalMac Ferry updates

Most of all, we hope you enjoy your time adventuring around The Coig! Please be safe and have a wonderful time.

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