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Year of Natural Scotland 2013
Year of Natural Scotland 2013

Celebrate Scotland's natural beauty throughout 2013

  • Overlooking the loch and small jetty at Beecraigs Country Park, West Lothian
    The loch at Beecraigs Country Park, West Lothian
  • The foot bridge over the River Ness in Bught Park, Inverness
    The foot bridge over the River Ness in Bught Park, Inverness
  • A colour display of flowers in glasshouse at the David Welch Winter Gardens in Aberdeen's Duthie Park
    David Welch Winter Gardens, Duthie Park, Aberdeen
  • Overlooking the North Inch and River Tay in Perth
    North Inch and River Tay, Perth
  • The Water of Leith Walkway, Edinburgh
    The Water of Leith Walkway, Edinburgh

Scotland’s seven cities include a real abundance of nature. Discover fascinating wildlife and colourful floral displays as you relax and unwind in the cities' many green spaces.

Explore urban nature

There is a fantastic choice of beautiful green spaces, parks and gardens and walkways to enjoy at your own pace throughout Scotland's cities.


Discover fascinating wildlife in the heart of Aberdeen. Explore 44 acres of beautiful gardens at Duthie Park, which includes the David Welch Winter Gardens, one of Europe’s largest indoor garden collections. Look out for many rare and exotic plants on show from around the world.


Stroll along the banks of the River Ness where you'll discover peace and tranquility in the heart of the city. Follow the river upstream and cross to the Ness Islands, the small collection of islands in the middle of the river which are connected by a series of suspension foot bridges. Continue past the islands and the town's Bught Park and stop off at Inverness Floral Hall to admire stunning flower displays and an indoor waterfall.


There are over 50 parks in the city itself and the Dundee Botanic Garden features a wide range of plants along with fine collections of conifers, broad-leafed trees and shrubs. Camperdown Country Park offers a great day out for the family, and as Dundee's largest public park, covers over 400 acres and has no fewer than 190 species of tree.


Nature is always nearby in Edinburgh, Scotland's capital city. Follow the calm river pathway along the Water of Leith and uncover an abundance of flowers and wildlife. A short distance from the city centre lies the historic Holyrood Park. Stroll round the hilly five-mile circular route, or climb the volcanic rock of Arthur's Seat, which rises to 823 ft and offers spectacular views across the city.


Through in Glasgow, whose name comes from the Gaelic for 'dear green place', discover over 90 parks and green spaces throughout the city. If you're passing through the tranquil Kelvingrove Park, follow the heritage trail or stop off at the popular Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.


Relax with the family in one of Perth's beautiful public gardens, such as the North and South Inch, Norrie-Miller Park, Rodney Gardens or Bellwood Riverside Park. The National Trust for Scotland’s Branklyn Garden contains an outstanding collection of unusual plants including the Himalayan poppy and  Meconopsis. Located in the heart of Scotland it is only a short drive to experience the beauty of ‘Big Tree Country’.


Located next to the University of Stirling is Airthrey Gardens. Here you will find two scenic walks taking you past thousands of colourful flowers, trees and shrubs. It is a great place for a picnic and don’t forget to pack extra to feed the ducks and swans. You could also take a relaxing ramble through the woods of The Abbey Craig where you’ll find the Wallace Monument and stunning panoramic views of the whole of Stirling.