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Timberbush & the Environment

Committed to preserving Scotland's natural heritage

Timberbush Tours are conscious of the importance of preserving and maintaining Scotland’s natural beauty and how, as a business, we operate within our natural environment.

We have adapted and continue to promote environmental awareness within the business and to our customers. All of our vehicles are fuel efficient, with the latest engines and are all upgraded every 3 years to ensure maximum efficiency. Our Driver-Guides are trained to drive as safely and environmentally friendly as possible. In addition, our Reservations and Transport offices, where possible, recycle materials such as printer cartridges, paper, plastic, cans, mobile telephones and computers and are encouraged to leave the car and commute to work via public transport.

We also aim to support local businesses in Scotland when transporting passengers on our extended 2 and 3 day tours, so that they can contribute to sustaining local communities. This includes booking accommodation for you in locally owned hostels, bed & breakfasts and hotels, to ensure you have that authentic Scottish experience whilst supporting the local economy.

Our tour brochures are printed on FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) paper, which means that the paper used for printing is from responsible sources. We work and donate regularly to charities such as Trees for Life and It’s Good to Give, and our tours are often offered as prizes at fundraising events.

We are extremely proud to have achieved a Gold Award in the Green Tourism Business Scheme for our continuing efforts and encourage those that we work in collaboration with to do the same. If you would like to view Timberbush Tours Environmental Policy, please find it here.

Additionally, we encourage our passengers to keep their eyes out for local wildlife whilst on tour. We have comprised a helpful guide on what birdlife may be found on your tour, which can be found here. Some of these birds are incredibly rare so if you do spot any of these species please bring it to the attention of your Driver-Guide.

We also encourage our customers to join Timberbush Tours in helping to preserve and protect the environment. To find out how you can help, please read our Responsible Visitor's Charter.

Your carbon footprint

It can be difficult to decide how much you should donate to offset your carbon footprint for travelling on your holiday.

You can calculate your emissions incurred through your visit to Scotland using the following link.

In order to offset your carbon footprint; our chosen charity, Trees For Life, require a donation of only £5 to plant one tree. Did you know a tree can absorb as much as 48lbs of carbon dioxide per year, which over the course of 40 years would be almost 1 tonne of CO2! Donating to this wonderful charity is an excellent way to travel without a heavy conscience.

At Timberbush Tours we have calculated the carbon footprint for each of our tours in order to ensure that we don’t do more damage than we can prevent. If you would like to see the carbon footprint that each of our tours make and the suggested donation to offset the carbon dioxide caused, then please follow this link.

We want to keep Scotland as beautiful as it is now for future generations to enjoy and you can help us do this!

Trees For Life

Environmentally Friendly Scotland tours from EdinburghAs a means of offsetting our carbon footprint, Timberbush Tours are proud to support Trees for Life, a Scottish conservation charity dedicated to the regeneration and restoration of the Caledonian Forest in the Highlands of Scotland. When making your booking with Timberbush Tours, we encourage you to select the option to donate £1 to this worthy cause as a means of keeping Scotland as beautiful as it is now for future generations. To learn more about this charity, please click here.

Our Volunteering Work

Timberbush Tours staff take an active role in local green projects such as the Big Beach Clean-up and planting trees at Dundreggan. We feel it is important to play an active role in the preservation and restoration of Scotland’s beautiful landscape. To continue to monitor our work in this area please check the News and Offers section of our website.

One of the most environmentally friendly (and enjoyable!) ways to access the Highlands of Scotland, is to travel in groups using just one vehicle.

 

Since day one I have been keenly aware of the impact transport can have on the environment, and the need to preserve Scotland’s beautiful, rural countryside, so that future generations may continue to enjoy it. 

 

That’s why I take great care over the type of vehicles we use and how we maintain them, the training we offer our staff, and the overall way in which we operate the business, to ensure that Scotland stays as green and lovely as it is now.

- Gary Voy, Director of Timberbush Tours