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With EmbraceScotland you only ever get Quality Assured holiday accommodation.

All the properties on this website are professionally run holiday homes which have been accepted by an official quality assurance scheme:

  • UK Common Standard Quality Assurance (VisitScotland etc.)
  • ASSC Committed To Quality

UK Common Standard Quality Assurance Schemes

The official tourist boards in the UK (VisitScotland, VisitWales and VistBritain) all run quality assurance schemes to a ‘common standard’ which award Stars and other quality marks to tourism businesses.  In recent years, other bodies, such as the commercial agency Hoseasons, have also been able to make awards using this common standard.

One to Five Star Grading

Many holiday cottages with EmbraceScotland carry a Star Grading awarded by VisitScotland, formerly known as the Scottish Tourist Board.  This scheme uses a scale of One to Five Stars to indicate the overall quality.

Green Tourism Awards

The Green Tourism Business Scheme has been devised to enable businesses to be recognised for taking their environmental responsibilities seriously.

ASSC Committed To Quality

ASSC Committed to Quality takes a different approach, reflecting the professionalism and integrity of the business owner.  It is run and endorsed by the Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers, the official trade association for self-catering providers in Scotland.

Owners of Committed To Quality

Owners and operators of properties which have been awarded the ASSC CTQ must:

  • Participate in an online review scheme, so that visitors can quickly and easily find out what previous guests have said about the accommodation.
  • Demonstrate that they keep up to date with visitor expectations by engaging every year with tourism industry continuing professional training and development.
  • Make a fresh declaration of their commitment every year.


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Hoseason’s Only QA Comment

This is tucked away on the FAQs page:

TOURIST BOARD GRADINGS – How can we be sure of the quality of your cottages?
All cottages featured have been carefully chosen for their quality, and all must meet our rigorous standards to be included. They are inspected annually to ensure that these standards are maintained. Some cottage owners have chosen to register their accommodation with the relevant tourist board (VisitBritain, Visit Wales or Visit Scotland), and this may mean that the property has been graded under the relevant tourist board scheme. Where this is so, we may show the grading details with the cottage description; if, however, a cottage is not registered, and no grading is shown, it does not imply a lesser standard