This website puts small files (known as ‘cookies’) onto your computer to collect information about how you browse the site. Find out more about the cookies we use, what they’re for and when they expire.

Cookies that measure website use

We use Google Analytics to collect anonymised information about how you use this website. We do this to help make sure the site is meeting the needs of its users and to help us make improvements to the site.

We do not allow Google to use or share the data about how you use this site.

Google Analytics stores information about:

  • how you got to the site
  • the pages you visit and how long you spend on them
  • what you click on while you’re visiting the site
Name Purpose Expiry
_gat_UA-7095856-1 This is a pattern type cookie set by Google Analytics, where the pattern element on the name contains the unique identity number of the account or website it relates to. It appears to be a variation of the _gat cookie which is used to limit the amount of data recorded by Google on high traffic volume websites. 0
_gat_UA-7095856-6 This is a pattern type cookie set by Google Analytics, where the pattern element on the name contains the unique identity number of the account or website it relates to. It appears to be a variation of the _gat cookie which is used to limit the amount of data recorded by Google on high traffic volume websites. 0
_gid This cookie name is associated with Google Universal Analytics. This appears to be a new cookie and as of Spring 2017 no information is available from Google.  It appears to store and update a unique value for each page visited. 1 day
_gclxxxx Google conversion tracking cookie. 90 days
_ga This cookie name is associated with Google Universal Analytics - which is a significant update to Google's more commonly used analytics service. This cookie is used to distinguish unique users by assigning a randomly generated number as a client identifier. It is included in each page request in a site and used to calculate visitor, session and campaign data for the sites analytics reports. By default it is set to expire after 2 years, although this is customisable by website owners. 2 years
_hjIncludedInSample This cookie is associated with web analytics functionality and services from Hot Jar, a Malta based company. It uniquely identifies a visitor during a single browser session and indicates they are included in an audience sample. 0
_hjid Hotjar cookie. This cookie is set when the customer first lands on a page with the Hotjar script. It is used to persist the random user ID, unique to that site on the browser. This ensures that behavior in subsequent visits to the same site will be attributed to the same user ID. 1 year
_hjAbsoluteSessionInProgress This cookie is used by Hotjar to detect the first pageview session of a user. This is a True/False flag set by the cookie 30 mins
_hjTLDTest When the Hotjar script executes we try to determine the most generic cookie path we should use, instead of the page hostname. This is done so that cookies can be shared across subdomains (where applicable). To determine this, we try to store the _hjTLDTest cookie for different URL substring alternatives until it fails. After this check, the cookie is removed. 0

Third party cookies that measure website use

We may serve cookies from some or all of the following third party providers. Please visit their websites for more information about the cookies they set.

spotify.com, in.taskanalytics.com, sutori.com, script.hotjar.com, nr-data.net.

Cookies that help with our communications and marketing

Some of the pages on this website may contain content from other sites, like YouTube or Facebook, which may set their own cookies. These sites are sometimes called ‘third party’ services. This tells us how many people are seeing the content and whether it’s useful.

In addition, if you share a link to a page on this site, the service you share it on (for example, Facebook) may set a cookie. We have no control over cookies set on other websites - you can turn them off, but not through us.

Name Purpose Expiry
_fbp Used by Facebook to deliver a series of advertisement products such as real time bidding from third party advertisers 90 days

Third party cookies that help with our communication and marketing

We may serve cookies from some or all of the following third party providers. Please visit their websites for more information about the cookies they set.

360yield.com, adform.net, adnxs.com, ads.avct.cloud, ads.linkedin.com, ads.stickyadstv.com, adscale.de, adsrvr.org, advertising.com, agkn.com, analytics.yahoo.com, bidswitch.net, bluekai.com, casalemedia.com, cc.cdn.civiccomputing.com, cdn.syndication.twimg.com, creative-serving.com, crwdcntrl.net, demdex.net, doubleclick.net, dpm.demdex.net, exelator.com, facebook.com, go.sonobi.com, google.com, i.liadm.com, id5-sync.com, ih.adscale.de, krxd.net, lemmatechnologies.com, liadm.com, lijit.com, linkedin.com, links.services.disqus.com, mathtag.com, openx.net, powerlinks.com, pubmatic.com, px.powerlinks.com, readymag.com, rlcdn.com, scribd.com, semasio.net, sharethis.com, smartadserver.com, spotify.com, spotxchange.com, taboola.com, tapad.com, target.digitalaudience.io, www.visitscotland.com, yahoo.com, yieldoptimizer.com, youtube.com, zeotap.com.

Strictly necessary cookies

Necessary cookies enable core functionality such as security, network management, and accessibility. You may disable these by changing your browser settings, but this may affect how the website functions.

Name Purpose Expiry
_dc_gtm_UA-xxxxxxxx This cookie is associated with sites using Google Tag Manager to load other scripts and code into a page.  Where it is used it may be regarded as Strictly Necessary as without it, other scripts may not function correctly. The end of the name is a unique number which is also an identifier for an associated Google Analytics account. 0
exp_csrf_token This cookie is used by Cloudflare to identify trusted web traffic. 0
exp_last_activity This cookie name is associated with the website content management system Expression Engine. Records the time of the last page load. Used in conjunction with the last_visit cookie. 1 year
exp_last_visit This cookie name is associated with the website content management system Expression Engine. Date of the user’s last visit.  1 year
exp_tracker This cookie name is associated with the website content management system Expression Engine. Contains the last 5 pages viewed, encrypted for security. Typically used for form or error message returns. 0

Third party strictly necessary cookies

We may serve cookies from the following third party providers whose cookies are required to provide features on this website. Please visit their websites for more information about the cookies they set.

open.spotify.com, sutori.com, m.stripe.com.

Cookies message

You may see a banner when you visit scotland.org inviting you to accept cookies or review your settings. We’ll set cookies so that your computer knows you’ve seen it and not to show it again, and also to store your settings.

Name Purpose Expiry
Cookie Control Recording which cookies users are willing to accept. 3 months

Change your settings

You can change which cookies you’re happy for us to use by clicking on the ‘C’ in the bottom left corner of the page and updating them in the banner.