Saturday 5th December

The Scottish Government last night issued updated information regarding Christmas bubbles and whether they can stay in tourist accommodation such as self-catering properties.

The key points of the update are summarised below, but as always, we would urge you to take time to read the relevant Scot Gov website  page for yourself.

VisitScotland have also produced an FAQ’s page on their website which addresses some of the main questions you may have.


  • Out with the festive period (23-27 December inclusive), it is illegal to travel for non-essential purposes from the rest of the UK to Scotland.
  • Travel between Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland is permitted to allow families and friends to gather to form a Christmas bubble between 23 to 27 December (22 to 28 December for entering and leaving Northern Ireland).
  • The location of a Christmas bubble in Scotland must be in the local authority area which a member of the bubble has their main residence.
  • A bubble can meet in self-catered accommodation for a Christmas gathering, but only in the local authority area in which you or a member of your bubble lives.
  • Operators should check that at least one household participating is from within the postcode area.
  • Guests can only travel in line with festive guidance for bubbles but not for leisure. If they are not gathering with another household, the holiday relaxations do not apply to them.
  • People should comply with the rules applicable to their local authority area in Scotland. Please note the levels and the contents of the levels is reviewed on a regular basis.
  • Hogmanay does not fall within the agreed Four Nation festive period.
  • In level 0, 1 or 2 you can move between levels in either 0, 1 or 2 but are advised to minimise rather than avoid these journeys to minimise any potential virus spread.

This is Law – legal provisions are through the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions and Requirements (Local Levels) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 3.) Regulations 2020 .

Read Updated Xmas Guidance

VisitScotland FAQ’s
VisitScotland have produced a series of FAQ’s (and answers) which are intended to address some of the most commonly asked questions relating to the restrictions.
Read Updated VisitScotland FAQ’s