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Abernethy Forest and the RSPB Loch Garten Osprey Centre
One mile from Nethybridge, nine miles from Aviemore
Tel. Abernethy Information Centre at 01479 821565; RSPB centre at 01479 831476
Largest native Scots pinewood in Britain; bog areas, breeding birds such as capercaillie, crossbill, crested tit, and goldeneye; osprey centre overliiks nesting site and has binoculars, telescopes, CCTV cameras; rare northern insects; shop.

Aldouran Wetland and Garden
Dumfries and Galloway
Leswalt village, by Aldouran glen woodland, on the A718, Rhins peninsula
Tel. none
Wetland habitat with bird hide; plants; insects; pond dipping; circular walk through the semi-natural glen woodland; parking by village hall

Ardkinglas Estate: House, Woodland Garden, and Woodland Walks
Argyll and Bute
Cairndow, on the shores of Loch Fyne
On the A83 between Inveraray and Loch Lomond.
Tel. 01499 600261
House in Arts and Crafts style; of special interest to those interested in local history, Arts and Crafts and Decorative & Fine Arts; furniture, fine paintings, treasures collected over the last 100 years
Walks—start at Tree Shop car park: ancient burial ground, viewpoint, tree platform, ancient oak woodlands; woodland garden: bluebells and nationally important collection of rhododendrons, hydrangeas, sorbus collection euchryphias; specimen native and common trees include beech, birch, and oak, champion conifers
Red squirrel colony; café; shop specialises in supplying native and ornamental trees, rhododendrons and conifers, gift and wooden craft items, books and cards, toys and puzzles, and garden furniture
Web: Ardkinglas

Argyll Forest Park
Argyll and Bute
On the Cowan peninsula in Argyll. Walks and mountain views.

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Balranald Nature Reserve
3 miles north of Bayhead; 18 miles west of Lochmaddy
Off the A865, on island of North Uist, Outer Hebrides
Governed by the Western Isles council
RSPB birdwatching nature reserve; barnacle geese, corn bunting, lapwing, corncrake, turnstone, little tern, Arctic tern, hen harrier, golden plover, greylag geese, snow bunting; sandy beaches, rocky foreshore, marshes and sand dunes; walks; visitor centre; parking.

Beinn Eighe
Two miles north-west of Kinlochewe off the A832 road
Tel. reserve manager at 01445 760254; visitor centre at 01445 760254
First place in Britain to be made a National Nature Reserve; mountain scenery, ancient pinewood fragments; woodland has mosses and liverworts; overlooks Loch Maree; home to red deer, golden eagle, and pine marten; trails, parking, picnic sites; viewpoint, interpretive panels, basic camp site, woodland and mountain trails.

Ben Lawers Mountain., Glen Lyon
Perthshire (Perth and Kinross)
On minor road off the A827
About 5 miles (8km) northeast of Killin, north of Loch Tay.
Tel. 01567 820 397
National Trust for Scotland property; more than 8000 acres (3237.4ha), including Perthshire’s highest mountain at almost 4000-ft. (1219.2m). Nature trail, birds, AV programs.

Ben Lomond
On minor road continued from the B837 at Rowardennan
11 miles (17.7km) beyond Drymen, off the A811.
Tel. 01360 870 224
National Trust for Scotland property;5369 acres (2172.7ha) of countryside with walks. Ranger centre.

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Mountain range between Spey valley and Braemar
Highland and Grampian areas
Dramatic mountain scenery; Cairngorms National Nature Reserve; chairlift and trails.

Cape Wrath
On A838 by Durness
Lighthouse on a cape with views of sea and coastal scenery.

Chatelherault Country Park
Greater Glasgow and the Clyde Valley
On Carlisle Road, Ferniegar near Hamilton, Lanarkshire;
take junction 6 from the M74, following the A72 Larkhall to Ferniegar road
Tel. 01698 426 213
Restored William Adam hunting lodge located in a 500 acre country park; walks, visitor centre, historic garden, café, shop, picnic and adventure playground areas.

Clatteringshaws Forest and Wildlife Centre
Dumfries and Galloway
On loch shores in Galloway Forest Park, 11 miles from Newton Stewart on A712
Tel. 01671 402420 (Galloway Forest District)
Galloway forest park centre; wildlife exhibition; tea-room; short walk to reconstructed iron age house; cafe; pay parking; special events.

Corrieshalloch Gorge
On the A835 at Braemore
South of Ullapool
Tel. 01445 781 200
National Trust for Scotland property; spectacular mile-long gorge, 200-ft. (61m) deep; Falls of Measach; suspension bridge, Viewing platform.

Perthshire (Perth and Kinross)
Off the A924 at Moulin
1.5 miles (2.4km) north of Pitlochry
Tel. 01350 728 641 (Ranger Office) or 01796 473 233 (Killiecrankie Visitor Centre) National Trust for Scotland property; 11 acre (4.45ha) beacon hill with views—path from car park to the summit.

Culloden Battlefield
On the B9006, at Culloden Moor, Inverness
Tel. 0 1463 790 607
Open: site all year, daily; Visitor Centre from Feb-end March and Nov-end Dec, daily,10am-4pm; April-end Oct, daily, 9am-6pm
National Trust for Scotland property; scene of famous battle between Prince Charles Edward Stuart’s forces and the English under Cumberland, in 1746; Visitor Centre with Jacobite exhibition and AV presentation; self serve restaurant; tours of the battlefield.

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Dalkeith Country Estate
Edinburgh and the Lothians
Dalkeith, Lothian
Tel. 0 131 654 1666
500 acre woodland; bluebell walks; woodland walks; guided wildlife walks; riverside trails; cycle tracks; picnic areas; adventure playground, tree top walks; cows, lambs, horses, piglets, birds; tea-room; bistro; parking
Web: Dalkeith Country Estate

Dean Castle Country Park
Ayrshire and Isle of Arran
Kennedy Drive
Tel. 0 1563 522 702
Small shop; small display on local wildlife; pet corner; conference facilities; tea-room; castle keep built about 1360; palace part built 1460; kitchen, banqueting hall, other rooms on display; collection of arms and armour, tapestries, and musical instruments
Web: Dean Castle Country Park

Duns Nature Reserve
Located near the village of Duns, A6105, in Duns castle estate. Managed by Scottish Wildlife Trust. Nature trails and bird watching.

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Eildon Hills
From Melrose, Borders take the B6359 road and turn left at Eildon Walk signpost, cross bridge and follow footpath for panoramic walk. The hills are former volcanic cores that stand out from the surrounding land. For Scott’s View (named after Sir Walter Scott who stopped here many times for the view) take the B6356 off the A68 by Melrose. This road also leads to Dryburgh Abbey.

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Fair Isle
Shetland Isles
Isolated island reached by summer sailings of mail boat from Grutness, Shetland
Tel. 01595 760 222 or 01595 840 246
National Trust for Scotland property; bird observatory with lodge.

Falls of Clyde Visitor Centre and National Nature Reserve
Greater Glasgow and the Clyde Valley
One mile south of Lanark, off the A73;
Follow signs for New Lanark World Heritage Site; visitor centre located in the Old Mill Dyeworks, New Lanark, Lanarkshire
Tel. 0 1555 665 262
Mixed woodland along both sides of the Clyde gorge; four waterfalls; wildlife includes badgers, deer, peregrine falcons, tawny owls, and bats; warblers, tits, wrens in woodland; 15th century Corra castle in the gorge; Visitor Centre with interactive interpretation and exhibition; guided walks; honeybee observation hive; tv link; shop
For photos and more details see our article Falls of Clyde Visitor Centre

Falls of Glomach
Northeast of A87, east of Kyle of Lochalsh Best reached from Dorusduain car park, 2.5 miles (4km) off the north section of loop in old A87
National Trust for Scotland property; one of highest waterfalls in Britain; set in narrow cleft in remote country; 5 mile (8km) walk—round trip takes 5 hours.

Ferrycroft Visitor Centre
Tel. 01549 402160
Tourist Information Centre with displays, interactive activities on farming, wildlife, and fish, exhibitions, animals and artefacts; shop; café; picnic area.

Finlaystone Country Estate, House and Gardens
Greater Glasgow and the Clyde Valley
On A8 Greenock Rd, Langbank, Renfrewshire
2.5 miles (4km) west of the end of M8 (junction 31), a few miles west of Glasgow airport
Tel. 0 1475 540 505 (country estate); 0 1475 540 530 (house office)
140 acres of woodlands with walks and wildlife including deer, fox, squirrel, and wintering birds on mud flats; 10 acres of gardens with walled garden, lawns, herbaceous borders, hedges; special events; play area; tea-room; shop; visitor center; Clan MacMillan centre; picnic and barbeque areas; parking
Web: Finlaystone Country Estate
Web: Finlaystone House

Forsinard Flows RSPB Reserve
On the A897 24 miles from Helmsdale or 16 miles from Melvich
Tel. 0 1641 571 225
RSPB peatland reserve; dipper, dunlin, golden plovers, hen harriers, greenshanks, greylag geese, stonechat, wheatear, merlin, red wing, buzzard, raven, golden eagle, red grouse—depending on time of year; guided bog walks; carnivorous plants; activities for children at Visitor Centre; no hides; nature trails; special events; car park.

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Galloway Forest Park
Dumfries and Galloway
A712 from New Galloway or A712 from Newton Stewart, which traverses the park—19 miles (30.6km).
Also accessed via unclassified forestry track from the A714
Also covers parts of Ayrshire; southern uplands scenery of wooded mountains, hills, lochs, streams and wildlife; climbing, walking, fishing, camping and swimming. The Galloway Deer Museum is in the park.

Glen Clova, Glen Esk, Glen Isla, Glen Lethnot, Glen Prosen
Angus and Dundee
Located in the north of Angus
Nature reserves, forest walks and hikes.

Glen Nant Nature Reserve
Three miles southeast of Taynuilt, off the B845
Tel. Forestry Commission Scotland, 01631 566155
Native woodlands with old sessile oaks and 20 other native species of trees and shrubs, among them rare bird's nest orchid; parking, trails.

On A82, south of Fort William
Tel. 0 1855 811 307 (summer only) or 01855 811 729
National Trust for Scotland property; 14,000 acres (5665.5ha) with climbing and walking trails; site of the 1692 massacre of the MacDonalds by the Campbells; visitor centre with AV program, interactive displays; ranger led walks during summer; cafe; shop.

Ayrshire and Isle of Arran
Isle of Arran
Access from Brodick Country Park or from Cladach on the A841
Tel. 01770 302 462
National Trust for Scotland property; 5642 acres (2283.2ha); ridge-walking and rock-climbing, dramatic views, mountain wildlife.

Grey Mare’s Tail Nature Reserve
Dumfries and Galloway
Adjacent to A708
10 miles (16km) northeast of Moffat
National Trust for Scotland property; spectacular 200 ft (61m) waterfall on a hillside; wild flowers, upland plants, peregrines, wild goats; guided walks in the summer; visitor centre with waterfall viewpoint near car park; live tv link to peregrine falcon nest; no sanitary facilities.

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Handa Island Wildlife Reserve
reached by small pedestrian ferry from Tarbet on the mainland
Tel. 0 7920 468 572 (Handa ranger); ferry contact: Roger (0 7780 967 800) or Paul (0 7775 625 890)
Scottish Wildlife Trust management; Torridonian sandstone cliffs; 200,000 seabirds in summer include guillemots, razorbills, great skuas, kittiwakes, arctic skuas, and puffin; plant-life; archaeological remains of old village inhabited until 1847.

Hermitage, The
Perthshire (Perth and Kinross)
Off the A9, 2 miles (3km) west of Dunkeld
Tel. 01350 728 641
National Trust for Scotland property. 33 acres (.13ha) of conifer and deciduous woodlands, one of Britain’s tallest Douglas fir trees (210 ft) located here; picturesque folly Ossian's Hall, built in 1758 located above the wooded gorge of River Braan; Black Linn falls; Ossian's cave; woodland walk along the river; parking, picnic area.

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Inchnadamph Nature Reserve
On A894 just below jct with A837, 20 miles north of Ullapool
Tel 0 1854 613 418
Limestone reserve of 3200 acres with caves, tunnels and underground streams; wildflowers; caves had 4500 year old bones of animals; parking in village of Inchnadamph from which a path over bridge and highway leads to the reserve.

Invernaver Nature Reserve
1 mile south of Bettyhill on A836
Tel. NA
Site of Special Scientific Interest; 1364 acres; sits near scenic Torrisdale Bay between the Rivers Borgie and Naver on north coast of Sutherland; dune ecosystems; dwarf shrubs; alpine species; parking.

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Kelburn Castle, Country Centre and Estate
Ayrshire and Isle of Arran
Tel. 01475 568 685
Fax: 01475 568 121
Family home of the Earls of Glasgow. Secret Forest with lots of attractions for families; pony trekking and riding school, falconry, waterfalls, adventure centre, pet corner; ranger service and events; unusual trees; gardens; Kelburn castle tours in July and Aug; shop, café
Web: Kelburn Castle, Country Centre and Estate

Perthshire (Perth and Kinross)
On B8079, off the A9, by Killiecrankie
Tel. 0 1796 473 233
National Trust for Scotland property within Tummel National Scenic Area; wooded gorge is Site of Special Scientific Interest; site of 1689 Jacobite army defeat of government forces under General Hugh Mackay; Visitor Centre with exhibition on the battle and natural history of the area; guided walks in summer; parking, picnic area; take-away food; shop.

Kintail & Morvich
Morvich Farm, Inverinate, Kyle
North of the A87, 16 miles (25.75km) east of Kyle of Lochalsh
Tel. 01599 511 231
National Trust for Scotland property; 17,422 acre (7050.3ha) estate of West Highland scenery including the Falls of Glomach; countryside walks; Countryside Centre at the farm, best access point to Five Sisters of Kintail mountains. Site of the Battle of Glen Shiel is east of the village beside the main road. Hostel accommodation for groups; parking; holiday cottage, caravan site in summer; no sanitary facilities at countryside centre.

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Linn of Tummel
Perthshire (Perth and Kinross)
On the B8019, 2.5 miles (4km) northwest of Pitlochry
Tel. 01796 473 233
National Trust for Scotland property; 56 acres (22.7ha) by Rivers Tummel and Garry, next to the Killiecrankie property; walk through mixed woodland, wildlife; parking.

Linn o’ Dee
Grampian (Aberdeenshire and Moray)
On minor road west of Braemar
Along the south side of the Dee
Famous beauty spot; river running through a narrow channel drops into rocky pools.

Loch Awe
Argyll and Bute
On the B840, Argyll and an unclassified road

Scotland’s longest loch at more than 25 mile (40.2km).

Loch a’ Mhuilinn Nature Reserve
off A894, 4 miles south of Scourie, on north-eastern shore of Edrachillis Bay
Tel. 0 1854 613 418
National Nature Reserve in scenic area; most northern remnant of native oak woodland in Britain; grassland, peatbog, freshwater and seashore habitats; wildlife; woodland flowers; dragonflies; otters, roe deer; pine martens; common lizard; nine species of butterfly; water birds and waders; parking.

Loch Druidibeg Nature Reserve
2 miles north of village of Howmore, spanning A865, South Uist, Outer Hebrides, governed by Western Isles council
Tel. 0 1870 620 238
Scottish Natural Heritage site; full range of island wildlife and habitats on view; western shores have miles of sandy beaches backed by coastal grasslands; east has heather moorland and rough grass extending to summits of hills; golden eagles; golden plover; red grouse; red deer; information office, hikes.

Loch Earn
Perthshire (Perth and Kinross)
On A85 out of Crieff, Perth and Kinross, to the west by St. Fillans. Flanked by majestic mountains. A favorite spot for water sports.

Loch Fyne
Argyll and Bute
On the A83/A815/B8000
Huge sea loch that reaches from the Argyll mountains to the sea north of Arran.

Loch Lomond
Argyll and Bute
Located in both Argyll and Stirling on the A82; also off the B837 by unclassified road and hiking trail. This loch is well known from the song. It is 22 miles long. The north is mountainous and the south is wooded islands and shores. A boat cruise leaves from the Balloch pier. Avoid on weekends due to busy traffic.

Loch Ness
On the A82 between Inverness and Ft William;
B862/852 (narrow with passing places) runs along the less traveled side of the Loch
23 mile (37km) long loch famous for the Loch Ness monster, Nessie; forested along its sides; site of Urquhart Castle (for castle details see Attractions: Scotland: Castles).

Loch of the Lowes Visitor Centre and Wildlife Reserve
Perthshire (Perth and Kinross)
Off the A923 near Dunkeld
Tel. 01350 727337
Breeding ospreys from April-Aug can be seen from hide; tv, telescopes; red squirrels and great spotted woodpeckers; fallow and roe deer; 3000 migrant greylag geese, goldeneyes, mallards, goosanders, wigeons, teals, tufted ducks, great-crested grebes; exhibitions, interactive displays; shop; light snacks; parking.

Loch Tay
Perthshire (Perth and Kinross)
On the A827 and unclassified road on the south
Mountain setting—Ben Lawers (Visitor Centre with AV program) on the north shore; south route is narrow and winding but has beautiful views.

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Mar Lodge Estate
Grampian (Aberdeenshire and Moray)
Five miles (8km) west of Braemar,
Accessed from A93 via unclassified road
Tel. 013397 41433
National Trust for Scotland property; 77,500 acre (31362.6ha) estate; part of the Cairngorms National Park, an important nature conservation area. Four of the five highest mountains in the UK and a remnant of a Caledonian pine forest. Wildlife and birdlife include red deer and red squirrels, and eagles; short and long distance walks, guided walks and events in summer; remains of many Scheduled Ancient Monuments; parking and sanitary facilities at nearby Linn of Dee car park (pay and display)

Montrose Basin Visitor Centre and Wildlife Reserve
Angus and Dundee
One mile south of Montrose
on the A92 Montrose to Arbroath road; follow the brown signs from the centre of Montrose
Tel. 01674 676336
Enclosed estuary of South Esk; daily tidal cycle; 50,000 migratory birds per year; wildlife centre has guided walks, talks, children activities, family days; telescoes and tv cameras, bird viewing areas; birds include pink-footed geese and sedge warblers; interactive dislays; shop; light refreshments; free parking
Web: Scottish Wildlife Trust

Mull of Galloway RSPB Nature Reserve and Visitor Centre
Dumfries and Galloway
At tip of South Rhins peninsula, south of Stranraer
Tel. 01776 840539
Reserve has lichen-covered cliffs, rough grassland, maritime heath, wildlife, seabirds, and butterfiles; Visitor Centre has information on Mull of Galloway birds, plants, marine life, and myths and legends of the area, told in audio and visual displays; live images of cliff seabird colony; parking.

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Road to the Isles
Starts at Ft William
Open: road drive
Take A82 Scenic countryside route 46 miles (74km) long; turn left on A830, which leads to the end of the road at Mallaig; stop to view Neptune’s Staircase at Banavie—a flight of 8 locks, part of the Caledonian Canal.

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Scottish Seabird Centre
Edinburgh and the Lothians
North Berwick, off A198, East Lothian, east of Edinburgh
Also by train from Edinburgh to North Berwick
Tel. 0 1620 890 202
Discovery Centre (paid admission area) with remote observation facilities, interactive displays, telescope viewing deck and 53 seater film theatre; shop stocked with gifts, books, optical equipment and educational toys (free public access}; café/restaurant with outdoor deck area (free public access); education centre (adjoining the office); handicapped accessible
For photos and more information see our article Scottish Seabird Centre
Web: Scottish Seabird Centre

Shin Falls
Achany Glen, Lairg
Tel. 0 1549 402 231
Waterfalls, salmon leap, paths, cafe, restaurant
Web: Falls of Shin

Solway Coastal Drive
Dumfries and Galloway
From Dumfries, Dumfries and Galloway take the A 710 to Dalbeattie. This road goes through countryside with picturesque villages, sandy bays and rocky coves. Views across Solway Firth.

St Abbs Head National Nature Reserve
The Borders
Two miles (3km) north of Coldingham
Off the A1107
Tel. 018907 71443
National Trust for Scotland property; 300ft high cliffs that are home to colonies of birds that nest on the ledges from April to August; a National Nature Reserve.

Staffa Natural Nature Reserve
Uninhabited island 7 miles (11.3km) west of Mull, Inner Hebrides, governed by Argyll. Can be viewed from Iona.
Tel. 01631 564710 for area National Trust for Scotland manager
Tel. 01475 650 100 for day tours from Oban; Tel. 01681 700 338 for day tours from Iona and Fionnphort
Tel. 01688 400 242 for day tours from Mull
National Trust for Scotland property; famous for its basaltic formations, stepped columns, Fingal’s Cave; steps to top of island and the cave.

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Tay Forest Park, Loch Tummel, Loch Rannoch and Rannoch Moor
Perthshire (Perth and Kinross)
On the B8019, B846 and unclassified road Forestry Visitor Centre; Queen’s View (named after Queen Victoria), viewpoint looks up Loch Tummel. Rannoch Moor, at the end of the road, is desolate wilderness covered with peat bogs.

The Enchanted Glen
Grampian (Aberdeenshire and Moray)
Glen Tanar, Aboyne
Tel. 0 8444 999 990 or 0 1224 641 122 (tickets)
Outdoor winter walk through sound and light spectacle; (shuttle runs from Aboyne to the Glen Tanar estate; no private cars allowed).

Thurso Drive
A836/A838 coastal Highland drive
74 miles (119km) of moorlands, sandy bays, lochs and headlands.

North of the A896, 9 miles (14.5km) southwest of Kinlochewe
Tel. 01445 791 368
National Trust for Scotland property; 16,100 acre (6515ha) estate, mountain scenery; interpretive display and AV presentation at junction of A896 and Diabaig road; walks details at countryside centre; wildlife include red deer and eagles; hide near seashore; Highland cattle. Deer Museum 600 yards (548.6m) down gravel road leading to The Mains; parking at Countryside Centre; holiday accommodation.

Totronald RSPB Nature Reserve
On the island of Coll, Inner Hebrides, governed by Argyll.
Located in the far south-west of the island
Tel. 01879 230301
Royal Society for Protection of Birds reserve; information centre.

On A821/B829 and extending to the shore of Loch Lomond on the B837 and unclassified road.
Considered a beauty spot; Loch Achray and Loch Katrine (no vehicle access, but there is a boat trip) are part of the area; Queen Elizabeth Forest Park with 32,000 acres (12,950ha) of plantations. Forestry Visitor Centre; Archray Forest Drive; walking trails; narrow roads get busy—go early.

Trotternish Peninsula
Isle of Skye
On A855, A87
Open: coast road drive
Twenty-mile (32km) peninsula coastal drive; unusual rock formations (The Storr, basaltic rock columns and towers), cliff formations and seascapes.

Trumland Reserve
Orkney Isles
On the island of Rousay
RSPB nature reserve.

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Unst and Yell
Shetland Isles
Estate at northern tip of Shetland.
Reached by ferry from Lerwick, then two more ferries by car or bus; also by plane.
Tel. Lerwick TIC at 01595 693162; Shetland Council at 01595 744872; P&O ferries at 01224 572615; Leask Coach and Car Hire at 01595 693162.
National Trust for Scotland property; undulating hills, low rocky coastline, beaches and cliffs. Of botanical, geological and ornithological importance; farmland; Shetland pony stud.

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