Places to visit

Scotland’s great outdoors is both the destination and the journey. Find nature reserves and parks to visit and routes to explore.

In Scotland, the outdoors is often within easy reach, ready for you to discover. Parks, woods and greenspace are never far away – and local paths can take you there.

More options open up the further you go. Day trips to some of our most popular places can reveal the highlights of our natural world. Discover National Parks, National Nature Reserves, geoparks and other incredible places. Or search out remote and wild areas to really get away from it all.

You can go wherever access rights apply, but hitting a trail is often an easy way to see the best of our nature and landscapes. Stay close to home or roam further afield on Scotland’s 84,000 km of paths and trails.

Wherever you go, take some simple steps to take care of the environment and respect other people’s needs. Follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.

Scotland's Protected Places website

Scottish Natural Heritage hosted the Scotland’s Protected Places website – a joint initiative with Historic Environment Scotland, until early 2018. You may have been redirected from Scotland’s Protected Places to this location.

You can also find information about visiting Scotland's protected historic sites on the Historic Environment Scotland website.