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Watch our new advert and be inspired in the Year of Homecoming Scotland 2014
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Watch our new advert and discover Brilliant Moments on your doorstep in the Year of Homecoming 2014

A view of the sun setting over Loch Lomond from Rowardennan Pier
Nature itinerary ››

Explore National Parks, follow coastlines and set off on island adventures to discover Scotland’s natural beauty.

  • Looking out over the Calanais Standing Stones, Calanais, Isle of Lewis
    The Calanais Standing Stones, Calanais, Isle of Lewis
  • Looking along the main driveway to Castle Fraser, Aberdeenshire
    Castle Fraser, Aberdeenshire
  • A red squirrel © Lorne Gill/Scottish Natural Heritage
    A red squirrel © Lorne Gill/Scottish Natural Heritage
  • The opening to Fingal's Cave and basalt rock formations on the island of Staffa, Inner Hebrides.
    The opening to Fingal's Cave and basalt rock formations on the island of Staffa, Inner Hebrides
  • The John Muir Way, near Dunbar, East Lothian
    The John Muir Way, near Dunbar, East Lothian

Scotland can boast some of the most dramatic landscapes anywhere, with thousands of miles of coastline, the highest peaks in the UK and picturesque forests and glens.

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.

John Muir

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.

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.

Autumn ambles

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.

Don't forget to bookmark this page to keep up to date with the full programme of natural events as they're announced.