8.1 Although several symbols are prescribed in TSRGD for use on tourist signs in Scotland, there is a general presumption in favour of using the "Thistle" symbol to Diagram T301.1 in Schedule 14 of TSRGD.
8.2 The general policy is that only those attractions which are accredited by VisitScotland through its Quality Assurance schemes should be signed with white on brown signs (see para. 3.4). With this in mind, the "Thistle", as a symbol of quality, should be used wherever the destination is accredited through a VisitScotland QA scheme.
8.3 On signs to accredited facilities such as restaurants, light refreshment facilities, accommodation, caravan or camp sites etc. the "Thistle" symbol should be used in preference to the specific symbols shown in Diagrams T4 to T12 of Schedule 14 of TSRGD.
8.4 In the case of properties under the care of Historic Scotland (HS), the National Trust for Scotland (NTS) or the Forestry Commission (FC), the "Thistle" symbol may be supplemented with the appropriate symbol for HS, NTS or FC as defined in Diagrams T302, T303 and T304 respectively of Schedule 14 of TSRGD.
8.5 On single attraction signs for a castle or house of historic or architectural interest, the "Thistle" symbol may be supplemented or replaced with the appropriate symbol as defined in Diagrams T2 and T3 of Schedule 14 of TSRGD. On composite signs which include a castle or house of historic or architectural interest, the "Thistle" symbol may be replaced with the appropriate symbol for such properties.
8.6 On composite signs containing two or more destinations, the number of "Thistle" symbols should be minimised (see Figure 8.1). In most cases, the "Thistle" symbol will relate to all of the destination legends on a sign. In such cases, it should be possible to design the sign such that only one "Thistle" symbol is used.
8.7 Figure 8.2 shows the symbols which can be used on general tourist signs on trunk roads and motorways in Scotland. Figure 8.3 shows the additional symbols which may be shown on signs to Diagrams 2328 and 2329 (see Chapter 10).
Figure 8.1 â€“ Examples of minimum use of thistle
Figure 8.2 - Symbols for use on general tourist signs on trunk roads and motorways in Scotland
Figure 8.3 â€” Symbols for use only on Diagrams 2328 and 2329