Visit our nature reserves

Visit and be inspired by the amazing landscapes and wildlife of our reserves across Scotland.



Dune ridges and old sea cliffs, going down to the beach and sea.
Two Puffins sitting on a rock
Small Copper butterfly on yellow flowers.

NatureScot’s National Nature Reserves

Explore our National Nature Reserves

National Nature Reserves (NNRs) are some of the best places for everyone to enjoy the magic and beauty of Scotland’s nature. These reserves help protect an amazing range of wildlife and landscapes, including many rare species and habitats of international importance.

You can find out more about the NNRs NatureScot manages on this page. If you would like to explore NNRS managed by partner organisations, you can find information on all of them on the Scotland’s National Nature Reserve website.

Our NNRs are well set up for visitors and you can find information on what you can see and do, and what facilities they have on the individual sites below.

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Our Frequently Asked Questions provide information about what you can and can’t do on reserves.

Enjoyed your visit? Make a donation to support nature and visitor facilities on our NNRs.

If you would like to know more about, or are considering putting a site forward for the National Nature Reserve accolade, there is information in our protected area pages.

If you have an enquiry about any of the Nature Reserves on this page please email [email protected].

NatureScot’s Nature Reserves

Explore our Nature Reserves

You are welcome to visit any of our nature reserves. These sites have limited facilities: there are small car parks at Achanarras Quarry, Keen of Hamar and Kirkconnell Flow.

All our reserves are protected for nature, they are Sites of Special Scientific Interest, and some are European Natura sites