5 Star Boutique B&B, Kingussie, Scotland

The Viewmount is a 5 Star newly refurbished and redecorated Boutique B&B (BB&B) in the Scottish Highlands.

What we are doing to protect the environment

REDUCE WASTE, SAVE ENERGY & CUT DOWN ON WATER USAGE

Updated 25th December 2021

Much of the refurbishment work undertaken has been geared towards reducing our carbon footprint and environmental impact through green best-practices in maintenance, services, logistics, products and supplies. A total re-wiring of the existing electricity system was undertaken and new hot and cold and heating pipework were installed throughout.

Our connected owners' accommodation has switched to:-

  • Solar panels and electric batteries

  • Air Source Heat Pump heating and cooling systems

Also incorporated:-

  • EV charger – on site for use by any EV driver FREE OF CHARGE (no need to be a guest)

  • Energy-saving-appliances, throughout owners' accommodation and the main premises

  • Reducing plastic consumption throughout and sourcing products from suppliers who subscribes to this ethos. If plastic is to be used we do recycle all.

  • Our Osborne & Little black out curtains in the first floor bedrooms are from the OCEAN range - made from recycled plastic. 25% Biobased plastic and 75% RPET

  • Biobased plastics (also called plantbased) are part of a renewable resource like sugar cane waste. Biobased is not composable but can be recycled.

  • RPET stands for recycled PET (plastic). PET is a strong, durable and recyclable material. RPET is produced by collecting, sorting and recycling PET and then refining the material to flakes which can be processed in new products. RPET can be re-used up to 5 times.

  • We have installed heated towel rails in each bathroom to ensure guests have the option to re-use towels as opposed to having it washed daily

  • We will source produce locally and aim to use what is in season.

  • Our breakfast menu selections will incorporate sustainable offerings, including vegetarian and vegan items that take fewer resources to produce

  • The garden and landscaping are currently being planned and our motto throughout is ECO-FRIENDLY

  • We will be planting native plants and ground cover which will be resistant to temperature fluctuations but also reduce the need for pesticides and fertilizer

  • We also aim to establish a local greenhouse to produce seasonal vegetables for use in our kitchen

We are uniquely positioned to prepare for the future traveller. It has required large initial capital investment, but will stand us in good stead for many decades.