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 was celebrated throughout April 2014. Plan a long distance walk or tackle a section of the new 134-mile John Muir Way, which officially opened earlier 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? Across the country you'll find a wonderful collection of wildlife, flora and fauna along our stunning coastlines and in our countryside. Head out on a golden eagle walk during the Isle of Harris Mountain Festival in the Outer Hebrides this September, or later in the year discover the wonderful wildlife of south west Scotland at the Dumfries & Galloway Wild Autumn Festival.
See beatiful autumn colours at Perthshire Amber, where you'll find guided nature and wildlife walks alongside a bill of top acoustic and folk performances, and talks on a variety of subjects, such as bee keeping.
From 3 – 26 October, see Faskally Wood near Pitlochry come to life through the magic of dazzling lighting, innovative design and a beautiful musical score. The Enchanted Forest, now an annual event attracting thousands of visitors, uses the woodland as a natural backdrop to create a stunning visual spectacle - visit and experience a walk through the forest that you’ll never forget.
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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