There's fantastic wildlife too, so it's little wonder our landscapes are such a hit with locals, visitors and even film-makers. Experience for yourself the land that was brought to life in Disney•Pixar’s Oscar-winning animation Brave and most recently in James Bond’s latest outing, Skyfall. Come and experience our natural wonders in all their glory with a programme of events which celebrate Scotland’s landscape, built heritage and wildlife.
Think National Parks, think John Muir. The Scots-born conservationist was the founding father of the world’s first National Park system and his legacy will be celebrated throughout April 2014. Look out for a festival of events focusing on the new 100-mile John Muir Way, which officially opens in 2014 and stretches from Dunbar in the east to Helensburgh in the west.
There are lots of wildlife species that call Scotland home so why not see how many you can spot? For a stunning collection of wildlife, flora and fauna, look no further than our Northern Isles. The Shetland Nature Festival in July showcases the islands' unique species along nature trails and boat trips around the coast - there's a great range of events for all ages.
In August, head to the Inner Hebrides for Coll of the Sharks, a five-day festival celebrating the biggest fish in the Scottish seas. Join in with boat trips, island tours, snorkelling, diving and rock pooling and learn more about Scotland's fascinating sealife. Later in the year, you can discover the wonderful wildlife of south west Scotland at the Dumfries & Galloway Wild Autumn Festival.
Scotland is also home to 80% of the UK's population of red squirrels, herds of majestic deer, some of the largest and most important seabird colonies in the world and so much more.
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