These spectacular places also offer some of the best opportunities to see the wildlife for which Scotland is internationally famous.
The legendary mountains of Glencoe, the Five Sisters of Kintail and much-loved Ben Lomond – just a few of the natural landscapes we care for that are enjoyed by more than a million visitors each year. We are committed to protecting these special places so that everyone can continue to enjoy them for generations to come.
Some key facts about the natural places we care for include:
- 5 of the top 10 highest mountains in Scotland
- 10,000 miles of Scotland’s coastline
- 7 National Nature Reserves
- The UK’s only dual World Heritage Site, St Kilda
- 27 sites designated as of European importance for nature conservation
- 400 islands
- 400 miles of footpaths
We manage our countryside areas to conserve and enhance the natural and cultural features for the enjoyment of visitors and residents alike. We deliver practical habitat, species and cultural site management, as well as providing visitor facilities and support services, access through footpath management, environmental education and interpretation.
To achieve this we employ over 80 countryside staff and involve around 500 volunteers annually.
You can help to support our vital conservation work by joining as a member, volunteering with us or donating to our cause.