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VisitScotland's Guide to Slow Travel

Slow travel is quite a different approach to travel than most people are used to. Instead of spending your trip in a ‘go, go, go’ frame of mind, slow travel allows you truly connect with your break and the surroundings that you find yourself in. Rather than heading to tourist hotspots and attractions, actively participating in slow travel will see you spend your time with local communities and areas and making real connections.

Slow travel allows you to educate yourself and perhaps even rejuvenate your emotions, which can so easily be drained by the nine to five grind.  Go Rural is proud to be a thriving community movement of Scottish farmers. We’re passionate about providing guests on our farms with the highest quality in everything we do, from food to education, to our accommodation. 

With the help of VisitScotland, we’ve compiled just a few of the ways you can explore Scotland and Go Rural for slow travel ...

Go rural with one of our farm stays

Our farm stays welcome you for a short break or more extended holiday on a real farm or croft. Our Go Rural hosts are authentic, working farmers and crofters who invite you in for a relaxing break in the best of Scotland’s countryside. 

Many of our farm tours offer the chance to buy their own produce directly from the farmers themselves: allowing you to connect with your Scottish holiday on a deeper level rather than buying produce from big-chain supermarkets. 

What’s better is all of our farm stays are entirely unique.  No two are  the same but all of them make holiday memories that will last a lifetime. 

Sticking to a slower pace

Holidays and trips don’t have to be done at 100 miles an hour, so stick to a slower pace. Although farm life is hard work, with your Go Rural stay, you can kick back and relax, enjoying the slower pace of the Scottish countryside.

You will be able to appreciate the sublime landscapes and miles of green more than ever before. If you do decide to venture away from your accommodation in the day, many of the roads in rural Scotland are single-track, forcing you to slow down and truly appreciate all around you.

Check out our tips on following the countryside code during your stay.

Stay a wee bit longer

Slow travelling with Go Rural allows you to say goodbye to jam-packed long weekends. Book a longer trip without plans to fill it with more activities. Instead, you can spend more time in one place and get to know your hosts and their lifestyle – you never know, you might make friends to last a lifetime. 

Ready to slow travel with Go Rural? Take a look at our upcoming events and experiences to find your best fit.

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