National Scenic Areas
The 40 National Scenic Areas (NSAs) in Scotland, with their outstanding scenery, represent Scotland's finest landscapes. They include spectacular mountain areas such as the Skye Cuillins, Ben Nevis and Glencoe, and dramatic island landscapes within the Hebrides and the Northern Isles. But they also include some of the more gentle and picturesque landscapes that can be found in Perthshire, the Borders and in Dumfries & Galloway.
The 40 NSAs cover 13% of the land area of Scotland. Use the map below to find out further information about each one.
Recent legislation defines a National Scenic Area as an area "of outstanding scenic value in a national context ."
The purpose of the NSA designation is both to identify our finest scenery and to ensure it is protected from inappropriate development. This is achieved through the local authority planning system .
Recently Scottish Natural Heritage has surveyed all the NSAs and, for each one, produced an up-to-date list of the special qualities that justify their designation as Scotland's finest landscapes.