The Highland landscape that surrounds Cruachan Power Station is integral to how it runs and maintaining the health of the land, the wildlife and biodiversity of the area is of upmost importance.

For the past seven years, an ecologist has conducted surveys of the site in support of the Biodiversity Action Plan, which covers the area from the Visitor Centre to the dam. The area has operated a Biodiversity Plan since 2005, to help wildlife on its landholdings. It promotes habitats and species, and sets out a timetable for improvement measures.

View Cruachan Power Station’s Biodiversity Survey 2022 here.

Gold Award for Green Tourism

Cruachan Visitor Centre is proud to have been awarded the Gold Award for Green Tourism in 2019.

The largest sustainable certification programme of its kind, a Green Tourism Business Scheme (GTBS) award recognises places to stay and visit that take action to support the local area and wider environment.

Businesses that meet the standard for a GTBS award receive a Bronze, Silver, or Gold award based on their level of achievement. Businesses are assessed on areas including Management and Marketing, Social Involvement and Communication, Energy, Water, Purchasing, Waste, Travel, Natural and Cultural Heritage and Innovation.

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Cruachan Visitor Centre Green Tourism Policy

Cruachan Visitor Centre is committed to providing excellent service whilst protecting the environment. A symbol of this commitment is our membership of the Green Tourism Business Scheme. This scheme provides accreditation and encouragement for tourism businesses to reduce the environmental impact of their activities. By encouraging sustainable practices it ensures the continued enjoyment of Scotland for future generations.

Through membership of the Green Tourism Business Scheme Cruachan Visitor Centre is committed to:

Comply with requirements of environmental legislation and approved codes of practice

Raise awareness, encourage participation and train employees in sustainable business practices

Continuously seek to improve environmental and social performance

Expect similar environmental standards from all suppliers and contractors

Reduce pollution, emissions and waste

Liaise with the local community

Reduce the use of energy, water and other resources

Minimise our risks associated with social and environmental issues

Green Tourism Offers

Discounted places are available on guided tours for visitors arriving by public transport, electric vehicle, on foot or by bicycle. This offer is subject to availability and requesting a place in advance is strongly recommended to prevent disappointment.