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Sustainable business

No surprises: as a walking tour company, sustainability is at the heart of what we do. We promote a healthy, environmentally-friendly way to enjoy the city – and we choose very carefully when it comes to suppliers and working practices. We always look to reduce our waste, and we recycle as much as we can.

Gold award from the Green Tourism Business Scheme

Describing us as ‘pioneers’, the Green Tourism Business Scheme awarded Mercat gold in recognition of our commitment to social, environmental and economic sustainability in our business practise. We are incredibly proud to win this coveted award.

What we do

Reduce waste. Save energy and water. Enhance our natural and cultural heritage. You’ll find the full detail of our commitment to better business practices in our Environmental Policy.

We also work closely with charities and social organisations – from fundraising for Cancer Research to donating our time to carry out conservation work at Holyrood Park. We work closely with Edinburgh World Heritage, donating our skills, expertise, equipment and services to enhance future enjoyment of the city. Find the full details in our Charity Policy.

Bikes, leaflets, and responsible visitors

Mercat Tours is part of the Bike2Work scheme, promoting healthier lifestyles and sustainable transport for our employees.

We recycle as much as possible – but that’s just part of the story. Our leaflets are printed on recycled paper with vegetable-based inks, and our suppliers offset the carbon used to produce and transport them by planting native tree species on our behalf.

In 2015 we recycled 818.5kg of waste comprising paper, cans, plastic and cardboard, diverting 1.5 tonnes of CO2 from landfill emissions

And for ideas on how to experience the beauty of Edinburgh as sustainably as possible, have a look at our Responsible Visitor's Charter.

Green Tourism Business Scheme

The Green Tourism Business Scheme - Gold

There’s no greener way to enjoy the city than on foot – and walking tours are at the heart of our business. We’ve won gold from the Green Tourism Business Scheme every year since 2012 – recognising our commitment to environmental and economic sustainability. 

award award

Trust Mercat to show you a side of Edinburgh others don’t see. We have 5 stars and a 91% rating from VisitScotland. We’re also one of the top 11 attractions in Scotland. Our Awards