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.

Station House cookery School

Cookery School gets quality mark from ICSA

The Station House Cookery School  has been awarded a prestigious kitemark of quality and accreditation from leading regulatory body, the Independent Cookery School Association (ICSA). The school, based in the[…]

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funding marketing south of scotland

SSDA Newsletter September 2021

£240K FUNDING BOOST FOR THE SOUTH The SSDA are delighted to be awarded funding from VisitScotland’s Destination and Sector Marketing Fund and the Destination Leadership Recovery fund. We will be[…]

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Visitor Attraction survey highlights continuing problems for sector

Scottish Visitor Attractions Battling to Stay in Business

The latest survey of Scotland’s visitor attractions has revealed that the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to devastate the sector – and it has seen no evidence of a[…]

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Borders Book Festival

Hilary Mantel headlines Borders Book Festival at Abbotsford

Literary giants Hilary Mantel and Alexander McCall Smith, crime-writing royalty Ian Rankin, Val McDermid, Christopher Brookmyre and Denise Mina and political leaders Ed Balls, Gordon Brown and Ed Miliband are[…]

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Wigtown Book Festival appeal

Authors support £25K appeal for Wigtown Book Festival future

As Wigtown Book Festival gets underway authors have spoken about the urgent need to support and value Scotland’s cultural events. The festival is running a £25,000 Book it and Spread the[…]

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Wigtown Book Festival First Weekend Success

Wigtown Book Festival celebrates successful first weekend

Wigtown Book Festival enjoyed a successful first weekend – welcoming visitors back to Scotland’s National Book Town for a wide variety of events. These ranged from talks by household names[…]

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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