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Year of Natural Scotland 2013
Year of Natural Scotland 2013

Celebrate Scotland's natural beauty throughout 2013

  • A steam train passes over the Glenfinnan Viaduct with views to Loch Shiel beyond
    The Glenfinnan Viaduct near Lochaber
  • The plaque for a gold award from the Green Tourism Business Scheme
    A gold award from the Green Tourism Business Scheme
  • A ranger from Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, with views of Ben Arthur, 'The Cobbler' beyond
    A Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park ranger
  • A section of railway line running to Oban through autumnal Highland landscape near Dalmally.
    A section of railway line running to Oban through autumnal Highland landscape near Dalmally.

From environmentally friendly accommodation to green tourist attractions, learn how to enjoy the country's landscape responsibly.

Green Tourism

The Green Tourism Business Scheme which was originally developed in partnership VisitScotland, celebrates those businesses that have worked hard to reduce their environmental impact. This could be through the use of low-energy lighting, including local produce on menus or promoting cycle and walking routes in the area.

Look out for the distinctive green logo of the business scheme award winners, who promote environmentally-friendly practices across Scotland. 
 
Stay in unique locations such as a water-powered mill conversion, visit 'green' attractions including castles, distilleries and The Scottish Parliament, and dine on locally sourced food, including Scottish grapes!

Preserve the environment

Help to keep Scotland beautiful so that the stunning landscapes you experience can continue to delight others for generations to come.

Get back to nature at great camping sites, explore the countryside whilst respecting the Scottish Outdoor Access Code, and consider combining a holiday with a spot of conservation volunteering with organisations such as the National Trust for Scotland.

Low carbon transport/public transport

Leave the car behind for some, or even all of your break so that you can sit back and admire the country's most beautiful regions by train and bus. Better still, get out in the fresh air and cross the country on foot or by bike

Travel by train between Fort William and Mallaig and cross the magnificent Glenfinnan Viaduct, which appears in the Harry Potter films, or feel the wind rushing past as you cycle along some of Scotland's National Cycling Routes.

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