Our Green Story
We love our amazing country and want to keep Scotland beautiful. This is why we have always had a strong commitment to sustainable and environmentally friendly tourism.
Imagine a wild, mountainous landscape covered in dense forest and home to brown bear, wild boar and wolves. Two thousand years ago that is what the Romans found as they attempted to expand their empire into Scotland. They retreated, defeated by the landscape and declared this land the end of the world.
The Romans called this land ‘Caledonia’, meaning ‘wooded heights’. Later, that name led to the term ‘Caledonian Forest’ describing the native woodland which covered much of the Highlands of Scotland.
Today, after centuries of deforestation, less than 1% of the original forests survive and with many other countries now repeating the same ecological mistakes the onus is on us to reverse the damage and provide a model for similar projects across the globe.
Doing our bit for Scotland's wilderness
In 2011 HAGGiS Adventures teamed up with 'Trees for Life', a Scottish charity specifically dedicated to restoring 1,000 square miles of self-sustaining, wild, Caledonian Forest with the aim of helping Scotland 'Stay Wild'. Under our 'Stay Wild' project we have raised thousands of pounds in support of the work Trees for Life undertake and our customers have planted well over 600 trees in our dedicated 'HAGGiS Grove'. We hope to continue this partnership well into the future to ensure large areas of Scotland remain as natural as possible.
How can you get involved?
Plant a tree in the HAGGiS Grove
Imagine planting a tree that will stand forever as part of the restored Caledonian Forest. The HAGGiS Grove is a dedicated forest developed by HAGGiS customers and selected trips will get the chance to leave their own tree as their contribution to helping Scotland 'Stay Wild'. These trips will be met by a Ranger, hear about the work of Trees for Life and plant a tree in HAGGiS Grove.
Dedicate a Tree
If you are not lucky enough to travel on one of our selected trips you can still choose to leave your mark in Scotland. Our 'Dedicate a Tree' scheme allows you to have a tree planted in the HAGGiS Grove by Trees for Life on your behalf. You could also choose to gift a tree, perhaps one of the most eco-friendly and unique presents you can buy. You also get a Certificate as proof of your dedication.
Read more information on our work with Trees for Life.
Environmental Charity Offering ECO Scheme
We are committed to sustainable tourism and to preserving Scotland's natural wildlife, environment and unique cultures for future generations to enjoy. We have pioneered an Eco Scheme where you can make an optional £2 donation when booking any tour. We will match every £1 you donate, with proceeds going to leading Scottish environmental charity, the Trees for Life.
Trees for Life is a Scottish charity dedicated to restoring 600 square miles of self-sustaining, Caledonian forest. In the last few years we have raised thousands of pounds in support for the charity.
We all know that choosing to travel by coach ensures low CO2 emissions per person. As part of our ongoing commitment to sustainable tourism, in 2013 we introduced regular training for all our drivers to ensure they are aware of the most fuel efficient driving techniques. Within the first year, this training saved over 7 tonnes of CO2 emissions, that’s enough to fill seven, 10m wide hot air balloons!
Supporting Local Festivals
In Scotland we are proud of our wild festivals which reflect who we are - a nation which knows how to party! Each year thousands of visitors take part in various festivals which leave them with great memories. It just happens that some of the festivals, like the Up Helly Aa Viking Fire Festival in Shetland, are locally run and rely on the donations of local businesses.
HAGGiS Adventures are committed to sustainable tourism and preserving the unique spirit of Scotland. Over the last ten years of our visits to Shetland with the Up Helly Aa tour we have been contributing to the local economy. We are delighted to announce that we have also recently become donors for this Festival to make sure that more travellers can enjoy this fiery spectacle.
To find out more, please visit Up Helly Aa Donors.
HAGGiS Adventures, in partnership with the TreadRight Foundation, encourages the sustainable development of tourism by supporting projects that benefit the environment, heritage, and community.
TreadRight is a not-for-profit organization established by The Travel Corporation and its family of brands. To date, TreadRight has helped support more than 40 sustainability projects around the world. Current initiatives include sponsoring the Wilderness Foundation Africa, WildAid and inspiring wildlife advocates like Terri Irwin.
To learn more about our past and current work at TreadRight, please visit treadright.org.
The stories of our projects and partners
A leading environmentalist, adventurer and explorer, Céline Cousteau truly embodies the TreadRight philosophy. As a documentary filmmaker and gifted storyteller, Céline has travelled the world working to help amplify the voices of the amazing individuals who are working to protect ecosystems, wildlife, and people. In 2015, TreadRight welcomed Céline as our official ambassador, helping us tell the stories of our projects and partners.