Loch Maree Islands NNR with Slioch in the distance, West Highland Area.©Lorne Gill/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.nature.scot

Wild Land Area descriptions and assessment guidance

Our consultation on this technical guidance closed in April 2017. You should use the draft document while we consider responses.

Wild Land Areas (WLAs) are the most extensive areas of high wildness. They are identified as nationally important in Scottish Planning Policy but are not a statutory designation.

A description of each of the 42 WLAs can be viewed from this list of Wild Land Area descriptions.

We consulted on new technical guidance on assessing impacts on wild land areas in early 2017.  We are considering around 150 responses and what revision to the guidance is required.  The draft guidance sets out a methodology and general principles for assessing the impact of development proposals on WLAs identified on the 2014 NatureScot WLA map, drawing on the published descriptions.

To support Scottish Planning Policy, now that WLAs have been identified and qualities defined, it is appropriate to apply the consultative draft guidance in place of the 2007 guidance.


Get in touch if you have any questions about how to apply the draft guidance.

Email: [email protected]