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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.

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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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  • 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 […]
  • Campaigners welcome legislation for post-Brexit environmental protections 19th June 2020
    Scottish Environment LINK has today welcomed the Scottish government’s announcement of a new EU Continuity Bill to safeguard vital environmental protections that would otherwise be lost in December this year, at the end of the Brexit transition period. … [continue reading] Campaigners welcome legislation for post-Brexit environmental protections The post Campaigners welcome legislation for post-Brexit […]
  • 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 […]
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  • New voice for the forestry profession 14th July 2020
    Dr Helen McKay OBE has been appointed as the new Chief Forester for Scotland. In her new role, she will provide technical and professional advice on forestry matters to Scottish Government Ministers. A Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Foresters, Dr McKay has worked for Forest Research since 1988, with a seven-year spell in the Forestry […]
  • Forestry grants to grow forestry and farm businesses 9th July 2020
    Scottish Forestry is making over £2 million available to tree nurseries, small forestry businesses and farmers to help them gear up and play their part in creating more woodland across Scotland. And for the first time, through a new agreement with the UK and Welsh Governments, tree nurseries in England and Wales which supply trees […]
  • £1M boost for timber transport projects 25th June 2020
    An additional £1 million has been allocated for projects that improve timber transport links, helping the forestry sector get timber to market. The extra funding comes from the Scottish Government’s Return to Work package and is on top of the £7 million announced for timber transport projects recently. Aberdeenshire, Angus, Argyll& Bute, East Ayrshire, Highland […]
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