Close
Articles by Year

<<     >>

Articles by Category

UK +44 (0)1479 420 020

Activities

Selected Trips

    Locations

    Selected Trips

      Conservation Contribution Scheme

      Building a Sustainable Business

      Strengthening Communities
      Partnership & Collaboration
      Direct Impact
      Your Contribution Counts

      Your Contributions Making a Difference

      At the end of 2017 Wilderness Scotland signed a new partnership with the John Muir Trust to become a Peak Partner of their organisation. The essence of the partnership is that Wilderness Scotland make a £5,000 minimum donation to the trust per year, and in return for giving this minimum amount we get to say what project we would like the trust to spend our donation on. This suits us because we have a long history of partnership with the JMT but in the past we did not know whether our funds were going toward projects on the ground or simply toward the trust’s running costs. As a sustainable business, it’s important to us that we find ways to engage with the conservation of the landscapes in which we operate.

      The funds for this donation come from our Conservation Contributions – an optional payment that is made directly to us by our clients as part of their booking. Our partnership in 2018 has been funded by the contributions given in 2017, which totalled £5,675.

      After a vote within the Wilderness Scotland team it was decided that the funds from 2017 should go toward the JMT’s property on the Isle of Skye, where the trust manages extensive estates including within the Cuillin scenic area. As Skye has gained a fair amount of negative press recently due to the impacts of over-tourism in some places this is a great choice, and will give both action and credibility to our position as a sustainable tour operator trying to both reduce and reverse damage to natural environments.

      Commitment to Sustainability

      From 2018 our Conservation Contributions increased from £5 to £10 per person – the first increase in a long time. It’s hoped that this will increase the size of the pot we have at the end of the year to put toward our conservation projects.

      While we are committed to giving at least £5,000 of the annual pot to the JMT, any amount over that total can in theory go toward other worthy causes. Our ambition within the Green Team is to be able to able to put funds toward projects in 3 categories – Earth, Water and Air. This is what we are calling the ‘3 Elements’ of conservation. The ‘Earth’ category would include projects such as habitat restoration, footpath repair, tree planting etc so our partnership with JMT falls there. Examples of causes we wish to work on in the other categories would be ocean plastic and improving air quality.

      Conservation is just one part of our efforts to become a genuinely sustainable business; our long term goal is a business that is  beneficial to the environment, our communities, our economy and ourselves. It will be a long road to get there, and right now we are still trying to figure out which way to hold the map, but with the long term efforts of the whole team we believe this can be done.

      While The £5,000 per annum Peak Partnership represents just a small part of our total economic impact as a business, it’s worth bearing in mind where the rest of our revenue goes. Approximately 90% of this goes into the local economies where we work. In 2017 the economic impacts of our work were as follows:

      • 36 ‘Full Time Equivalent’ employed + estimated 26 indirect FTE jobs
      • £6.92m estimated impact in the local economies of Scotland and North of England

       

      This helps strengthen the position of local communities in the areas we work, providing valuable employment and income to communities that are often remote. The profit we retain and reinvest strengthens our own business, and helps to ensure that the benefits of it can continue in the long term.


      Through our volunteering programme we dedicate a significant number of hours toward good causes, both at a local level and in donating expertise to engage with and influence our industry as a whole:

      • Social-Environmental Projects: Family Travel Association, Cairngorm Ski Club, Big 60
      • Wider Industry Activities: ATTA Guide Standards, ISKGA, Balkans Regional Dev, CBP, World Guide Awards

      Award-Winning Journeys

      National Geographic Adventure
      National Geographic Adventure

      Best Adventure Travel Companies

      Scottish Tourist Board
      Scottish Tourist Board

      Visit Scotland 5 Star Activity Provider

      Pure Life Experiences
      Pure Life Experiences

      High-End Experiential Travel

      World Travel Awards
      World Travel Awards

      Leading Green Tour Operator

      National Geographic Traveller
      National Geographic Traveller

      50 tours of a lifetime

      News & Offers

      Be the first to hear about new trips, locations and activities with our monthly newsletter

      Exceptional Travel Experiences
      From our Friends

      Wilderness Ireland

      Specialists in offering a range of adventure holidays, tours and incredible wilderness experiences. Wilderness Ireland take their clients to the most remote and beautiful regions of Ireland, all while staying at the most welcoming accommodations and delivering outstanding customer service.

      Visit Website
      Bspoke

      The ultimate collection of European cycling holidays. BSpoke's cycling experts can tailor-make your perfect cycling holiday where you can travel at your own pace or in a group of like-minded individuals. A BSpoke Tour is all about being as restful or as adventurous as you desire.

      Visit Website
      Ski Solutions

      Britain's original ski travel agency and tailor-made ski tour operator, Ski Solutions has been arranging ski holidays for over 30 years across Europe and North America. The Ski Solutions team are all skiing experts, and their wealth of knowledge and passion for the mountains will ensure you experience a truly memorable ski holiday.

      Visit Website
      Cycling for Softies

      Cycling for Softies is a luxury cycling tour operator providing gourmet cycling adventures in France and Italy. These are leisurely cycling tours winding through vineyards and staying in high end accommodation where the emphasis is as much on the food and wine as the cycling. Welcome to life in the easy lane.

      Visit Website
      Live
      Chat