For the eighth year running, CairnGorm Mountain has been awarded the highest status - Gold - in the Green Tourism Scheme administered by Visit Scotland.
The Green Tourism Business Scheme, has been running since 1997 and with more than 2,000 members across the whole of the UK and Ireland, it is the largest and most established scheme of its type in the World.
Cairngorm Mountain substantially consolidated its GTBS GOLD award with highlights including praise for its UV treated water, ecological waste water treatment, excellent mountain interpretation, good visitor recycling facilities, local crafts and the use of recycled paper.
Of particular note were the continued development and promotion of the Snow White project, habitat development and preservation and their ‘leave no trace' practices. The assessors noted that considerable efforts had been made to make the business more sustainable with ongoing projects to improve facilities and a very good working action plan related to all things sustainable which they are continuing to develop and update.
CairnGorm Mountain Green Tourism Co-ordinator, Dougie Somerville told OnTheSnow, "We are delighted to have retained our gold award in this scheme and to have increased our score to 85 percent. Helen Wink and the rest of the team must be congratulated on their efforts to ensure that the standard we have reached has been maintained for another year in the face of ever tougher criteria. Staff at CairnGorm are committed to contributing to making our operations more sustainable while delivering a high quality service and we appreciate this being recognized by this award."