Magnificent mountains, atmospheric glens, dramatic coastlines, picturesque lochs and rivers and fabulous forestry: no wonder Scotland’s scenery has a reputation for being among the most spectacular in the world. With over 11,000km of coastline, hundreds of islands, majestic mountains and beautiful canals, rivers and lochs, Scotland’s landscape and distinct geography offers a stunning mix of unique and inspiring habitats. With miles upon miles of scenic landscape and a wealth of wildlife splendour, Scotland’s beauty is defined by being a wild and untamed land.
Hundreds of signposted viewpoints and beauty spots reveal the best places for you to take in an area of particular scenic splendour or show you where superb beaches, inspiring national parks and mountaintop vistas are to be found. Scotland’s Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), National Nature Reserves (NNR), and National Scenic Areas (NSAs) represent Scotland’s finest landscapes and most dramatic scenery while containing its threatened wildlife.
Scotland has a more diverse range of habitats than almost any country of comparable size. From the unrivalled peat bog expanses of the Caithness Flow Country through the Arctic Cairngorm plateau and the temperate rainforests of Argyll to the salt marshes of the mild Solway coast, Scotland’s natural environment is second to none.
Scottish wildlife is abundant and is home to a wonderfully diverse range of species, from native species such as the elusive Scottish wildcat and capercaillie to beavers, which have been successfully reintroduced to Scotland at Knapdale Forest, Argyll. Other Scottish wildlife gems include red deer, pine marten, otters, and a host of birds of prey, as well as sea mammals, such as dolphins, porpoises and whales. Rimmed by fertile lowlands along its North Sea shore, threaded by fish-rich rivers and rising to moors and mountains, this area has a huge variety of habitats in which to watch wildlife.