From seabird colonies to marine mammals and endangered species, there are plenty opportunities to discover the wildlife that calls Scotland home, including at over 40 National Nature Reserves.
Head to the Montrose Basin Local Nature Reserve (LNR) during the winter months where barnacle geese, red bunting and redwings are regularly spotted. Further north in Aberdeenshire, thousands of wild geese, ducks and swans can be seen, including an estimated 20 per cent of the world's population of pink-footed geese, can be seen at the Loch of Strathbeg RSPB reserve.
While you're out enjoying the stunning Scottish landscapes you stand a good chance of spotting a variety of beautiful wildlife. Vote for your favourite of Scotland's Big 5 animals.
Rare flowers, machair and woodland
Shetland has a significant number of indigenous plants which have adapted to the island's unique habitat and serpentine rock conditions. The most northerly island of Unst includes the world's only example of Edmonston's chickweed (mouse-ear).
Bluebells are in abundance throughout the country during the spring and summer months. Admire the beautiful carpeted woodland floor, blooming with bluebells, anemones and primroses as you enjoy a relaxing walk. Some of the best locations to spot these magical carpets of flowers include Taynish NNR and Glasdrum Wood in Argyll, Galloway Forest Park and the Clyde Valley Woodlands NNR. Head to VisitWoods to find a bluebell wood near you.
Discover dense forests and ancient woodland across Perthshire, affectionately known as 'Big Tree Country'. At the Hermitage near Dunkeld, look out for one of Britain's largest trees, a towering Douglas Fir which reaches 212 ft.
The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is a fantastic place to see unique and exotic collection of flora from around the world. There are three other Royal Botanic Garden sites spread throughout Scotland in the mountainous Benmore, the wooded hills of Dawyck and Logan on the warm Gulf Stream peninsular in Dumfries & Galloway. Together, the gardens house one of the world's largest living collections of plants.
Find our more information about the many luscious parks and gardens found throughout Scotland.
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