Four and five star B&Bs buck the trend

A LOCAL B&B is a member of Scotland’s Best B & Bs, a national association of 96 quality assured four and five star businesses.

Balnabrechan Lodge, near Lunan Bay Beach, is one of those which has had no dip in guests over the past three years, despite a 12 per cent decrease in bed nights booked compared with 2011.

The proportion of British guests choosing to stay in four and five star Scottish B&Bs has remained constant over the last three years at around 40 per cent of the total.

The association is encouraged that Scotland continues to appeal strongly to overseas markets as a preferred holiday destination.

North American guests are up from nine per cent to 12 per cent this year while European visitors account for 34 per cent of the total, a similar volume to last year. Germany, whose visitors represent 17 per cent of this figure, remains the most popular market for Scotland bound bed and breakfast tourists.

It is felt that some of the decrease may be explained by the effect of the London Olympics as many people who would normally plan a summer break decided instead to stay home and watch the Games on television.