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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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RSS Scottish Nature Notes
  • Volunteering with RSPB Scotland 4th June 2020
    Our Duke of Edinburgh Award pin badge volunteer Abby is working towards her gold award. Here she tells us about her about her volunteering experience with RSPB Scotland.(read more)
  • Peatland in prints 2nd June 2020
    To celebrate World Peatlands Day 2020 RSPB Scotland's Yvonne McMahon shares a bit about a peatland restoration project at our Loch Gruinart reserve.(read more)
  • Five facts about short-eared owls 29th May 2020
    Short-eared owls are one of the four species of owl you might see in Scotland. They are medium sized, with mottled brown bodies, pale under-wings and bright yellow eyes, which are very striking with their black outline! Molly Martin shares five facts to familiarise yourself with these gorgeous birds. (read more)
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  • Environmental Watchdog Essential for a Post COVID-19 Green Recovery in Scotland 4th June 2020
     Following the Scottish government’s recent announcement that refusal to extend the Brexit transition would have a damaging impact on Scotland’s recovery from the Covid-19 crisis [1], Scottish Environment LINK (LINK), a coalition of Scotland’s leading environmental charities has warned that the accompanying loss of EU environmental protections for Scotland would also put at risk ambitions […]
  • Campaigners welcome new Scottish environment strategy 25th February 2020
    Scotland’s leading environment charities have welcomed the Scottish Government’s announcement today of an environment strategy, applauding the government’s commitment to restore nature and end Scotland’s contribution to climate change. They have called on the government to back up its commitment with legally binding targets for nature recovery. The charities, members of Scottish Environment LINK and […]
  • Environmental protection must be a priority for a post-Brexit Scotland 3rd February 2020
    We, Scotland’s people, love our nature. Our beautiful and varied natural environment is integral to who we are and how we see ourselves. Yet we know that nature is in trouble and needs our help. The start of a new decade provides us with unique opportunities we must seize. This year, in which Scotland hosts […]
RSS Scottish Forestry – News
  • £7 million for timber transport projects 2nd June 2020
    Projects to help improve Scotland’s timber transport network have been awarded £7 million from the Scottish Government. Forestry is included under Phase 1 of the Scottish Government’s COVID-19 Route Map, which allows outdoor work such as forestry to fully restart its operations. The awards are drawn from the Strategic Timber Transport Fund which is managed […]
  • Argyll mental health project opens new doors during lockdown 14th May 2020
    A mental health project in Argyllshire has transformed its operations during the COVID-19 outbreak to continue helping its participants. The Argyll and the Isles Coast and Countryside Trust (ACT) delivers Branching Out Argyll and Moving On, two woodland-based programmes of outdoor activities, to help participants overcome mental health issues caused by loneliness, isolation, and stigma. […]
  • Norbord staff praised for emergency response 8th April 2020
    Workers at the Norbord wood processing plants in Inverness and Stirling have been praised for their vital role in providing much needed materials during the COVID-19 response.   The plants at Dalcross and Cowie have provided wood-based construction materials to the Louisa Jordan Hospital in Glasgow, London Nightingale Hospital and other emergency hospitals in Swansea […]
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