A Deeside golf and spa retreat resort has been reaffirmed a gold award, for a second time, under the Visit Scotland Green Tourism Business Scheme, for demonstrating excellence in environmental practice and promoting sustainable tourism.
The Green Tourism Business Scheme is the leading sustainable tourism certification scheme in the UK and The Lodge on the Loch of Aboyne has now received it twice.
The scheme honours tourism and hospitality businesses that demonstrate high levels of commitment in protecting the environment and promoting sustainable tourism with bronze, silver and gold awards.
Award winners are scrutinised on over 145 separate measures by qualified advisors before being appointed the relevant award.
Proprietor of The Lodge on the Loch of Aboyne, Derek McCulloch, said: “Our primary goals are to continuously reduce our carbon footprint, reduce landfill waste and improve recycling by reviewing our energy requirements, monitoring how supplies are purchased, packaged, delivered, used and disposed of whilst complying with all applicable environmental legislation.”
The Lodge on the Loch has expansive views over the loch and Cairngorms National Park.
Built by Derek and Jean McCulloch, it combines a modern eco-friendly business development in an area ensconced in history and traditions.
The quality of the building is reaffirmed throughout the interior, with all public rooms having large picture windows designed to capture the outdoor views.