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

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.

To support Scottish planning policy, we have mapped Scotland's wild land areas, and consulted on and published new guidance: Assessing Impacts on Wild Land Areas: Technical guidance. This sets out a methodology for assessing the impact of development proposals on WLAs identified on the 2014 NatureScot WLA map, drawing on the published descriptions of each of the 42 Wild Land Areas.

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


Wild Land

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