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About Scotland's landscapes

Scotland's unsurpassed landscapes have long been celebrated in paintings, verse, prose and song. Our fine scenery is inspiring to live in and to visit, and the imagery of an unspoilt landscape is important in the marketing of our tourism, film industry and world renowned products such as whisky.

The quality of the greenspaces in our towns and cities, and the ease with which we can access our surrounding landscapes, are important for our health and wellbeing: high quality landscapes encourage us to venture into the outdoors.

Each part of Scotland has a distinctive character, contributing to a sense of national and local identity, also known as a 'sense of place'. The diversity of our landscapes and townscapes provides a living canvas of Scotland's history, reflecting ways of life and traditions that are deeply engrained in Scotland's culture.

Our finest landscapes have been given the designation National Scenic Area or National Park and these include some of the most famous areas in Scotland - the Cuillin Hills, Glencoe, Ben Nevis, The Cairngorms, Loch Lomond. Some landscapes are particularly valued for their wild land  quality.

Scotland's landscapes are one of the country's greatest assets, yet one undergoing a great deal of change. It is essential that we look after our landscapes and ensure the distinctiveness of each part of Scotland is not lost.

Granite seacliffs at Stoura Pund near Hillswick, Shetland. ©Lorne Gill/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk/copyright

Landscape variety in Scotland

Scotland has an extraordinarily wide range of landscapes ? coastal and inland, mountain and lowland, rural and urban.

The woodland trail, Beinn Eighe NNR.  ©Lorne Gill/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk

The importance of landscapes

Our fine scenery is inspiring to live in and to visit. High quality landscapes contribute to our health and wellbeing.

New housing development at Barrhead near Glasgow, Strathclyde. ©Lorne Gill/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk

What is landscape?

Our landscape is all around us, providing the backdrop to our daily lives.



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