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Countryside and Landscape in Scotland

Scotland's countryside and landscapes are important both for their intrinsic environmental value and because of the opportunities for social and economic development.

Natural heritage issues are integrated into policy on the major land uses in the countryside, such as farming and forestry. The Scottish Government is also committed to fostering the preservation of green spaces in and around towns and to promoting the enjoyment of the countryside by all who visit it.

In this section

  • National Parks

    Social and economic development combined with the aims of conservation and public understanding and enjoyment.

  • Public Access

    Land Reform Act establishes the right of responsible access to land and inland water for recreation and passage.

  • Landscapes

    Introduction to Landscapes along with European landscape Convention, National Scenic Areas, The Scottish Landscape Forum & Graphic Information Systems