What can we do for you ?

By Becoming a Member..

Membership of SSDA will bring a host of tangible benefits to individual businesses, local marketing groups, suppliers, events, and social enterprises. As a member you will benefit from:


Putting the South of Scotland on the map through ‘Scotland Starts Here’ and driving a sustainable increase in visitors to the area. This will be done through; SSH Website, SSH APP and SSH Social Media channels which include Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and TikTok.
Dedicated marketing campaigns and collaborative marketing campaigns with partners.


Engage with your customers more effectively, maximising customer communication opportunities, meet evolving consumer expectation and reach audiences effectively including having excellent online visibility and bookability.


Fulfil business potential through innovation, collaboration, creativity, and diversification.


Since our inception the impact we have had on our Members in the South of Scotland has been huge


People engaged with SSDA
on training and events

Growth in social
following on SSH

Join the SSDA Today

Membership of the SSDA is open to all tourism, hospitality and leisure businesses
and organisations across the South of Scotland.


Our Latest News

The latest news from across the South of Scotland.

tree planting at Threave

Volunteers Grow Galloway’s Native Woodland

Volunteers from  the local community and HSBC UK employees have joined forces to progress an ambitious landscape restoration project at the National Trust for Scotland’s Threave Estate in Dumfries and[…]

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Newly elected Chair will lead Galloway & Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere into its second decade

Local business owner Melanie Allen has been elected as the new Chair of Galloway and Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere’s Partnership Board. Melanie brings more than two decades of experience in[…]

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Crafty Distillery| Newton Stewart

Ten innovative responsible tourism projects launched as part of £25million Scottish Tourism Recovery Programme

Ten innovative responsible tourism projects across the country have been made possible as part of the Scottish Government’s £25 million tourism recovery programme to support the sector’s recovery from the[…]

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Kelton Wicker bull

Galloway Glens Scheme secures six-month extension

The Galloway Glens Scheme is five-years of activity in the Ken/Dee Valley, supporting a range of projects that ‘connect people to their heritage’ while boosting the local economy and supporting[…]

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Days Out Incentive Fund still open

VISITSCOTLAND has launched a new campaign encouraging people across Scotland to experience a Great Day Out across the country this winter. Participating businesses are benefitting from the Days Out Incentive[…]

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Two weeks to go to Scotland’s Tourism Industry Conference

Last year, the pandemic prevented an industry conference, but Scotland’s Tourism Industry Conference is back, with promises of bigger and bolder than ever before. Featuring a stellar line-up of inspirational[…]

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Some of our Engaged Members

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Crawick Multiverse

Crawick Multiverse 

Trail Skills

Trail Skills

Crafty Distillery

Trimontium Museum

Kirkcudbright AT

Bairnkine Cottages

The Bairnkine