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The Scottish Tourist Board splits accommodation into the following areas:

1 Self Catering
This can be a house, cottage, apartment, chalet or similar accommodation which is let normally on a weekly basis although short breaks are normally available in low season (October - March) to individuals where facilities are provided to cater for yourselves such as kitchen (or part), clothes washing facilities etc.

2 Serviced Apartments
Serviced apartments are basically the same as self-catering apartments but services such as a cleaning and meals and drinks are normally available. Meals and drinks would normally be provided to each apartment or in a restaurant and/or bar which is on site. (An example of these would be a typical timeshare resort although the Tourist Board would not normally promote these types of establishments)

3 Guest House
A Guest House is usually a commercial business, which is typically a large former family home and will normally have a minimum of 4 letting bedrooms, of which some will have ensuite or private facilities. Breakfast should always be available and evening meals may be provided at an extra cost.

4 Bed &Breakfast
The name says it all. Accommodation will normally be in a private (family) house. B&B's will normally accommodate no more than 6 guests, and may or may not serve on evening meal.

5 Hotel
Most people will know what a hotel is. However in Scotland the classification of a hotel would normally require a minimum of 6 letting bedrooms, of which at least half must have ensuite or private bathroom facilities. A hotel will normally have a drinks licence (although this may not be a full or may be a restricted in some way) and will serve breakfast and dinner.

6 International Resort Hotel
A Hotel achieving a 5 Star quality award which owns and offers a range of leisure and sporting facilities including an 18 hole golf course, swimming and leisure centre and country pursuits. Examples of famous hotels of this type would be Turnberry and Gleneagles

7 Lodge
Primarily purpose-built overnight accommodation often belonging to major chains. Travel Lodge, Holiday Inn Express, Howard Johnson etc. Normally situated close to a major road or in a city centre. Reception hours may be restricted and payment may be required on check in. There may be associated restaurant facilities. A car parking space will normally be provided for each bedroom or a large public car park will be nearby.

8 Inn
Bed and breakfast accommodation provided within a traditional inn or pub environment. Often very limited in size and pre booking is often a necessity. The restaurant and bar will be open to non-residents and will provide restaurant or bar food at lunchtime and in the evening.

9 Restaurant with Rooms
In a Restaurant with rooms, the restaurant is the most significant part of the business (unlike the pub or inn). It will normally be open to non-residents. Accommodation is available, and breakfast is usually provided.

10 Campus Accommodation
Campus accommodation is provided by colleges and universities for their students during term times and is made available-with meals-for individuals, families or groups at certain times of the year. These typically include the main Summer holiday period as well as Easter and Christmas when students have gone home for the holidays.

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