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Lochan Urr, Glen Etive
The setting of James Bond's childhood home in the film Skyfall.

Landscapes and nature

Scottish Landscapes, Scenery & Nature Spots

Towering mountains, glittering lochs, dense woodlands and miles upon miles of golden beaches - Scotland's landscapes really will take your breath away. Tour the rolling hills and lush farmland of the Lowlands, or drive through deep glens surrounded by mountains in the Highlands. Uncover magnificent coastal features in the west, and explore the atmospheric, royal settings of the east.

Head to one of our Dark Sky Parks or spots where you can marvel at the sparkling night sky, dip your toes into our crisp sea water, wander around one of the many glistening fresh-water lochs, or venture out into the wilderness to see if you can catch the Northern Lights dancing in the sky.

You can find helpful advice and tips on how to look after the Scottish countryside as you explore with our Outdoor Access Guidelines during Covid-19 page.

Scotland's Inspiring Landscapes

Feeling inspired? There are plenty of things to do, quirky places to explore, and adventures to get involved in across the epic variety of landscapes in Scotland. Why not venture on a pub walk? Taking in the beautiful surroundings around you can work up quite the appetite, so why not stop in at one of our cosy pubs after a scenic walk?

Or how does a digital detox sound? Disconnect from the bustle of everyday life, recharge your batteries outdoors in nature and set aside your phones for some quality relaxation time. If a more adventurous experience takes your fancy, why not explore the great outdoors? From kayaking and whitewater rafting, to gorge walking, wild swimming, mountain biking and horse riding - the opportunities are endless!

Did you know that some of the best landscapes in the UK can be found in Scotland? Locations such as Loch Ness, the Three Sisters in Glencoe, Edinburgh, and Ben Nevis have all been said to boast some of the most spectacular scenery in the country.

Explore Scotland's Nature

Nature in Scotland is as fascinating and intricate as it gets. Look out for everything from the elusive pine marten making its home in the many ancient forests, to the colour-changing ptarmigan adapting to the arctic conditions of the Cairngorms. There's plenty of back-to-nature experiences to be had across Scotland, so what are you waiting for?

Take a Wander in Scotland

One way to take in the wonders of Scotland's landscapes is by exploring them on foot. Every inch of the country is perfect for a leisurely stroll, a strenuous climb, picturesque jaunt, or a sight-seeing hike, no matter your level of expertise. Stretch your legs with a woodland walk, test your stamina as you clamber your way up a Munro or Corbett, or why not venture up the highest mountain in Scotland, Ben Nevis? The views will not disappoint!

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