We’re providing this information to comply with legislation, and because we want to be honest and clear about your privacy when you’re using our website.
A cookie is a small file which asks permission to be placed on your computer’s hard drive. A cookie in no way gives me access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with me. The cookie helps analyse web traffic or lets you know when you visit a particular site. Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences.
Cookies are part of the everyday fabric of the web and are used by online shops, banks, charities, governments, social media, etc. These small pieces of computer code make many important things possible. These are a few:
You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. This may prevent you from taking full advantage of the website.
Traffic log cookies are used to identify which pages are being used. This helps us analyse data about web page traffic and improve my website in order to tailor it to readers’ interests.
Holiday Scottish Highlands & Islands uses advertising and some links within the content may earn us a small commission. Please be assured that our content is not influenced by the advertisers or affiliate relationships. This means we’re happy to mention anything which fits the ethos of this website.
When you visit one of the online retailers from our website it may be through an affiliate link. When you or anyone else buy goods by clicking on a link on my website we may earn a small commission from selected brands we advertise. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. To do this a cookie is placed onto your computer when you visit a retailer from our website, if you then go on to buy something, the cookie identifies you as having come from our site and we earn our commission. This doesn’t affect the price you pay.
The Affiliate Marketing Council, part of the Internet Advertising Bureau (IAB) a trade association for online and mobile advertising, has created a website dedicated to helping you understand how affiliate marketing works. We also recommend Paid for Advertising.
If you would like to make some money on your website, take a look at these affiliate marketing programs:
Google Analytics is a service that allows us to anonymously track the use of our website by those who visit it. These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site, which we use to help improve it. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited. All the data is aggregated and anonymised meaning you cannot be identified personally.
Googke Adsense is a very popular form of advertising and is used on lots of websites. Cookies help to make advertising more effective – and that is what keeps thousands of websites free of charge. Cookies are used for various reasons:
Our website contains links to other websites of interest. However, once you have used these links to leave our site, you should note that we do not have any control over that other website. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide whilst visiting such sites and such sites are not governed by this privacy statement. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.
If you want to delete or block our cookies you can do so using your browser’s settings. If you would like detailed instructions as to how to do this we recommend you take a look at the guides at AboutCookies.org
If you’d like to learn more about cookies in general and how to manage them, visit aboutcookies.org (opens in a new window).
And if you’ve got this far, you deserve a nice cup of tea and a biscuit!