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Natural Places

From the salt marshes of the mild Solway coast to the arctic Cairngorm plateau, our natural environment is second to none. In fact, we have a more varied range of habitats than almost any country of comparable size. Looking after these habitats, landscapes and species is up to all of us. 

Our protected places help us manage our natural heritage and ensure that it carries on giving us a wide range of benefits - from places that relax or inspire us to sources of wild food and services that clean our air and water.   

Visit Scotland’s Protected Places and experience the unforgettable sights, sounds and smells of Scotland's natural world.  And, of course, be inspired to visit them again.

You can find out more about the main protected places by clicking on the links on the right. For further information about these and Scotland’s other protected places for nature, visit the SNH website.