Know your levels: Level Zero is here

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As of 19 July, Scotland has moved into Level Zero as restrictions continue to ease across the United Kingdom.

What has changed?

You can meet friends and family socially in groups:

  • of up to 8 people from 4 households in your home or theirs – and can stay overnight
  • of up to 10 people from 4 households in an indoor public place like a café, pub, or restaurant. Hospitality settings will be required to close at midnight.
  • of up to 15 people from 15 households outdoors
  • Keep a minimum social distance of 1 metre
Face coverings

You must wear a face covering when you go inside public areas including bars, cafes, shops and on public transport. You can take off your mask when sitting down in a bar, for example.

Testing

Everyone is encouraged to get tested, as around 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 do not have symptoms. For home test kits, testing stations and more information, please head online to gov.scot/communitytesting

Keeping transmission rates low

To keep transmission rates as low as possible, you are advised to:

  • Avoid crowded shops
  • Use the available hand sanitiser and sanitising stations
  • Try to avoid touching goods unless you intend to buy them
  • Be polite. Please ensure that you are considerate to staff and abide by their guidance and instructions.

We’re looking forward to welcoming you to our beautiful destination, to enjoy our waterways, glens, beaches, and activities.

As we get more and more used to being out and about, please do remember to book ahead with businesses so they can ensure they’re meeting social distancing limits and remember to cancel if you can’t make it. This small courtesy can make a big difference to a business.

If you’re a local business who’d like to benefit from the support of Lochaber Chamber of Commerce and the promotional opportunities of the ‘Outdoor Capital of the UK’ marketing, please get in touch on membership@lochaberchamber.co.uk. We’re here to help!

Capture those movement for the ‘gram in Lochaber

Explore Lochaber this summer and tick off some ‘bucket list’ views by capturing those ‘Instagram favourites’ and memories of a lifetime. We’ve compiled a number of spots to help you move around the Outdoor Capital and enjoy the glorious Highland views.

Glenfinnan Viaduct and Loch Shiel

Visit the magical and famous Glenfinnan Viaduct, a spot famous with photographers for the Harry Potter films and its magnificent beauty. You can watch the Jacobite Steam Train travelling over the viaduct with its puffing steam engine too. Follow local signage to the viaduct viewpoint plus head over Glenfinnan Monument, opposite car parking at the Glenfinnan Visitor Centre, for loch-side views and more.

Corpach Basin

Great for views of Ben Nevis, Loch Linnhe, and the Caledonian Canal. Corpach basin is at the end of the Caledonian canal and gives off a brilliant view of Ben Nevis, the shipwreck, and the locks of the canal, plus Neptune’s Staircase as you walk up the canal and away from the car park area towards The Moorings Hotel direction.

Commando Memorial Spean Bridge

The Commando Memorial in Spean Bridge is dedicated to the British Commando forces raised during World War Two. The monument of three soldiers overlooks the training area of the Commando Training Depot established in 1942 at Achnacarry Castle, it’s one of Scotland’s best known monuments as well as giving fantastic views of Ben Nevis, Aonach Mor and the Grey Corries.

Mallaig Harbour

The Road to the Isles is filled with worthy pullovers and places to just stop, look and absorb the scenery – you’ll even capture a memory or two! From the Polnish Church at Lochailort all the way to Mallaig Harbour you won’t be disappointed at a day spent snapping and admiring.

Glencoe Lochan

Glencoe Lochan is a forest area located in an idyllic setting, just north of Glencoe Village. You can choose a walking route of your choice, leading you through a forest experience and also to the picturesque lochan, surrounded by a looping walk and conifer trees with that ‘Instagram-ready’ view point and plenty of areas to help you create your own memories of this wonderful spot.

Glencoe Three Sisters and Rannoch Moor

This magnificent location has some of the most popular, rugged, and resonant views in Scotland. You will pass through Glencoe Village towards Kingshouse Hotel and Glencoe Mountain Resort on your way. A favourite to snap is of Buachaille Etive Mór, heading to Glen Etive for loch-side landscapes and a sweeping view of the Rannoch Moor landscape.

Sanna Bay

Sanna Bay is located on the Ardnamurchan Peninsula and is the most westerly point in mainland Britain, renowned for its stunning scenery, white sandy beaches, and clear water. The bay also offers some fabulous views of Ardnamurchan point and The Small Isles. With its mix of white sand, beautifully coloured water and West Coast wildlife you’ll be sure to capture a memory or two.

Looking for more inspiration? Head over to www.outdoorcapital.co.uk for watersports, walks, adventure and more!

Responsible tourism message

School’s out for Summer…and we’re looking forward to helping you share family adventures in Lochaber!

With so many of us holidaying at home this year, we’re very lucky that Lochaber is the perfect place for a fantastic summer experience.

If you’re staying close to home this summer, there’s lots to see and do in our own back garden – after all, it is one of the most amazing natural playgrounds in the country! You don’t have to venture far to find a new adventure to enjoy with the family or to share with friends and more.

This year, more than ever, we all know that we need to take care of our surroundings and communities while we’re out and about.

As part of Lochaber Chamber of Commerce’s work to support local business, we promote the area using Lochaber’s destination brand ‘The Outdoor Capital of the UK‘. If you haven’t had a look at the Outdoor Capital recently, check us out on Instagram, Facebook and at www.outdoorcapital.co.uk. You’ll find loads of great ideas for the summer holidays and beyond!

Throughout the pandemic and recovery, we’ve been working with VisitScotland and other key tourism partners to support local tourism businesses and to create a new Scotland-wide visitor management plan and marketing activity that will encourage people across Scotland to enjoy our outdoors in a respectful way.

We can all do simple things to help protect our landscape and communities.

Please remember to:

Pick up litter; and take it home with you
Avoid crowded areas and move on if a location is too busy
Park responsibly and safely
Clean up after your dog
Keep your dog on a leash around farmland
Do not disturb natural flora, fauna or animal habitats
Follow current guidance
Follow the Outdoor Capital of the UK on social media for lots of inspiration to help you discover great summer holiday activities, and share the inspiration with others to explore local, shop local, and enjoy local…responsibly! Use the hashtag #MyOutdoorCapital and be sure to tag us in your adventures.

Here’s to our summer of adventure!

How DYW is tackling hospitality issues, promoting sector, previously held event

The Outdoor Capital of the UK released its Destination Strategy in 2020 detailing how, as a destination organisation, we will work with Lochaber stakeholders, community and employers to make Lochaber the destination of choice to live, work, visit and stay.

A big part of this commitment is how we utilise opportunities to support sectors to be sustainable but also how we can be agile and react to those business challenges.

Through Lochaber Chamber of Commerce and Developing the Young Workforce West Highland we have brought employers to the forefront and enabled young people, and those interested in the hospitality industry, together to see the opportunities on offer.

This industry collaboration builds on the current initiative – #DoWhatYouLove hospitality job opportunities campaign – driven by the Scottish Tourism Alliance and VisitScotland to highlight work opportunities within this sector and to help fill these vacancies so that our industry can prosper.

This campaign will enhance our work within industry to support businesses in recruiting talent for the diverse range of positions which are currently available Plus, it will look to inspire young people to play an important role in the recovery of Scotland’s valuable tourism and hospitality industry, by choosing a job within the sector.

You can find more information on this work by heading to https://bit.ly/3eQk6tX