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The Countryside of Scotland

Scotland is blessed with a wide complexity of landscapes. The wildest and finest are designated as National Parks or National Scenic Areas. Mauricio Brik

Scotland is renowned for it’s spectacular countryside and abundant wildlife and is wonderful for wildlife watching. It is also home to Ben Nevis – the highest mountain in the British Isles at 1,345 metres above sea level.



Scottish Outdoor Access Code
This is the place to find out more about everyone’s access rights and responsibilities in Scotland’s outdoors.

National Trust for Scotland – Countryside & Wildlife
The National Trust for Scotland cares for and manages over 76,000 hectares of countryside, home to a huge variety of wildlife and world-famous natural landscapes.

Landscapes & Nature – Visit Scotland
Learn about Scotland’s nature and geography from ancient pine forests, arctic landscapes and plants, to rich low lying coastal meadows and waterways.

Scotlands Countryside – VisitScotland Community
From field to mountaintop, find out about visiting Scotland’s countryside and villages.

Scottish Rights of Way & Access Society. ScotWays is the UK’s oldest outdoor access group. We work to protect and develop access to the Scottish countryside for all...

Scottish Wildlife & Adventure Tourism Association – Wild Scotland
Wild Scotland is the body representing adventure and nature tourism operators in Scotland.

Walking in Scotland
Index to Undiscovered Scotland's resources about walking in Scotland.

Scotland's National Nature Reserves
Inspiring places where you can experience the incredible sights and sounds of our natural world...

Scottish Natural Heritage
Connecting People and Nature in Scotland...

Scottish coast and countryside
Wikipedia articles including nature reserves, country parks, natural history and more...

Friends of the Earth Scotland
We are Scotland's leading environmental campaigning organisation...

Scotland Nature - The RSPB
The variety of species and habitats is outstanding - our work here helps protect them...

Forestry and Land Scotland
Government agency responsible for managing our national forests and land with visiting info.

The John Muir Trust
Owns and cares for some of the finest wild places in Scotland...

Scottish Wildlife Trust
With information on their nature reserves, Scottish wildlife and their habitats.

WWF Scotland
The world’s leading independent conservation organisation...

Forests and woodlands of Scotland
Wikipedia has pages of information on Scotland's forests and woodlands.

Sponsored Listings
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The National Trust for Scotland
A vital conservation charity protecting Scotland's coast, wilderness, wildlife and countryside for the good of all. Funded largely by donations, membership is very affordable, comes with a raft of benefits and supports their work.

Sunset over the Southern Scottish Mountains
Sunset over the Southern Scottish Mountains from Cumbria

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    RSPB Scotland’s Allie McGregor tells us about some of the exciting autumn arrivals to look forward to.(read more)
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    Ian Thomson, Head of Investigations, RSPB Scotland tells us about a shocking discovery which reveals lengths raptor killers will go to to conceal crimes.(read more)
  • Revive Our World Scotland 24th September 2020
    Erica Mason, Policy Campaigns Officer for RSPB Scotland, talks us through the Aichi Targets for biodiversity, actions we can take for nature, and the first steps to Revive Our World.(read more)
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  • UK internal market could seriously harm Scotland’s environment 13th August 2020
    Scottish Environment LINK, a coalition of Scotland’s leading environment charities, has warned the UK government that its plan to create a UK internal market could seriously harm Scotland’s natural environment by dragging down standards. … [continue reading] UK internal market could seriously harm Scotland’s environment The post UK internal market could seriously harm Scotland’s environment […]
  • Scotland’s new environment watchdog needs more teeth 23rd July 2020
    How fully does the Scottish Government's proposed new environment watchdog replace the oversight and enforcement functions previously carried out by EU institutions? Will it have the independence, powers and resources required to hold government to account on environmental matters? … [continue reading] Scotland’s new environment watchdog needs more teeth The post Scotland’s new environment watchdog […]
  • How good are Scotland’s new draft environment laws? 13th July 2020
    If you believe your local environment is being harmed due to the failure of a public body to meet environmental standards, you can raise an official complaint and request an investigation. Well, you can until the end of December 2020, that is, when the Brexit transition period ends. A major benefit of EU membership is […]
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  • Timber rail trial on track 8th September 2020
    A six-week timber by rail project in the north of Scotland aims to demonstrate that moving timber by rail is a viable and greener alternative to using roads in the long distance movement of timber.  The Scottish Government, through the Scottish Strategic Rail Freight Fund, has allocated £195,000 to Victa Railfreight to undertake the trial. […]
  • Developers warned over tree felling 27th July 2020
    Scottish Forestry is warning developers to get in touch before felling trees or risk hefty fines or losing the chance to build on a site for up to 10 years. Since April 2019, the felling permissions system changed and with it the penalties increased greatly. Developers can be fined up to £5,000 per tree felled […]
  • Join the deadgood deadwood survey 17th July 2020
    Environmental community groups, schools and nature enthusiasts are being invited to join in a Scotland-wide survey to find out more about deadwood in Scotland. Decaying and rotten trees, known as deadwood, are nature’s own recycling machine, slowly releasing nutrients in the soil and helping to grow other plants. Deadwood is also hugely important to biodiversity […]
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