About Us / Melfort and the Environment

  • The village centre

  • Well kept gardens and grounds

  • Shower of Herring Restaurant

The Environment

The Visitscotland  Green Tourism Business Scheme has encouraged Melfort Village in our efforts to provide eco-friendly, sustainable self catering Oban holiday accommodation and in recognition of our achievements we are delighted to have been awarded their Gold Award, the highest accolade in the Green Tourism Business Scheme.

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At Melfort Village, are committed to providing a good quality service whilst minimising the environmental impact of our activities.

As a Gold Award holder of the Visitscotland Green Tourism Business Scheme we are committed to using sustainable practises to ensure the continued enjoyment of the environment of Scotland for future generations.

We are committed to :

  • Adhering to good environmental practice in all business activities.
  • Ensuring that our business meets the minimum requirements set by environmental law and fulfils its legal Duty of Care requirements for waste disposal.
  • Achieving sustainable environmental improvement.
  • Continuing to seek reduction in our polluting activities.

Some examples of our current environmental practices include:

  • Encouraging guests to use the on-site bottle banks and recycling banks situated at the village hall.
  • Providing Eco-friendly cleaning products and buy in milk and decant into smaller, re-usable containers.
  • Recycling used office paper (guests are encouraged to use the paper banks situated on site).
  • Encouraging members to receive club mailings via e-mail.
  • Sending out most Club mailings by email.
  • Using recycled paper products (kitchen roll/toilet tissue/office stationary) where practicable.
  • Using low energy/long-life light bulbs in all administration/housekeeping Buildings/public areas and most cottages.
  • Selling-on second-hand soft furnishings, furniture and general equipment.
  • Composting garden waste Purchase electrical appliances with a low energy rating Buy furniture from companies who can demonstrate that the wood they use is from sources that have a proven programme of replanting and renewal.
  • Filtering our water supply through UV filtration plant and actively conserve water.
  • Providing a designated dog exercise area and dog loos
  • Carrying out Native tree planting
  • Publishing our own booklet detailing local walks and facilitate access to these areas
  • Restricting outside light pollution by providing low-level lamps in essential areas only (re-chargeable torches are available to borrow from Reception)
  • Supporting local, annual shore/roadside clean up campaign
  • Encouraging staff members to share transport
  • Offering fairly traded coffee, chocolate and snacks for sale in our shop