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Facts:
  • The National Trust for Scotland was one of the first organisations to produce a Wild Land Policy
  • You don’t have to be on top of a mountain to be in Wild Land!

Scotland is internationally famous for its dramatic and unspoilt scenery - its bare mountain tops, fjord-like sea lochs and scatter of islands draw visitors from all over the world. The National Trust for Scotland looks after some of the most outstanding examples of these wild landscapes. Some of its first acquisitions, back in the 1930s, secured wild places, such as Burg, (on Mull) and Glencoe, for the nation.

Wildness can be found in greater or lesser degree in all parts of Scotland. Whilst attention invariably focuses on our rugged mountain and seascape in the north-west highlands, the Trust has in its care many other properties demonstrating lesser degrees of wildness; for instance the Berwickshire coastline around St Abb's Head continues to offer a relatively challenging recreational experience close to large centres of population and the Trust is keen not to see this special quality undermined by insensitive recreational development.

For many individuals the motivation for visiting Wild Land has emotional connections, relating to the need to get away from urban pressures and humdrum routines, to meet the environment on its own terms, to refresh and renew the spirit and the soul, in other words to "re-create" in its fullest sense.