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NSA Special Qualities

View our lists of the Special Qualities that underpin each National Scenic Area’s designation as one of Scotland’s finest landscapes.

Scottish Natural Heritage is developing guidance on how to assess landscape effects on Special Qualities.

To produce the lists, SNH surveyed all of Scotland’s National Scenic Areas (NSAs) over the course of 2008 and 2009.

Special Qualities are defined here as “the characteristics that, individually or combined, give rise to an area’s outstanding scenery”. Special Qualities work was in partnership with Historic Environment Scotland (as it is now known). Identifying these will help to safeguard the NSAs for future generations to enjoy. SNH is developing guidance on how to assess landscape effects on Special Qualities.

The full survey report also includes a map and description of each NSA.

Read about The Special Qualities of the National Scenic Areas: SNH Commissioned Report No. 374

For the survey methodology, view the Guidance for identifying the special qualities of Scotland's National Scenic Areas.

You can also find out about any NSA in Scotland on our SiteLink website.

Special qualities of National Parks

We used the same method to determine the Special Qualities of Scotland’s two National Parks. Each contains two NSAs, the qualities of which haven’t been separately examined.

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SNH is developing guidance on how to access landscape effects on Special Qualities.

Find out more

National Scenic Areas: Scotland's finest landscapes

National Scenic Areas in Scotland map

Identifying the special qualities of Scotland's National Scenic Areas: SNH Commissioned Report No. 255