Scottish Heritage Archive

Natural Heritage

Welcome to the Natural Heritage page of the Scottish Heritage Archive. This section highlights the people and places that promote Scotland's great outdoors. Each profile contains a short description and quick links (see the legend below). I encourage you follow them on as many platforms as possible, to help them build their exposure, and keep you in the know! 

The Flow Country

Welcome to the Flow Country – one of the world’s last wild places, stretching across Caithness and Sutherland in the far north of Scotland. This vast expanse of blanket bog is a vital defence against the effects of climate change.From above the land is a mottled pattern of peat and pools, their colours shifting like an opal. But look a little closer and you’ll find a world of amazing plants, rare birds, and a place to be inspired by peace and space.

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Bennachie Visitor's Centre

On the eastern edge of the Grampian mountain range, Bennachie is one of the north-east of Scotland's most recognisable landmarks.

From its highest summit of Oxen Craig at 528 metres to Millstone Hill and its most popular peak, Mither Tap, history abounds in this ancient landscape.

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The Cabrach Trust

Working to safeguard a fragile, significant Scottish community. This remote and haunting land has a history which stretches back to the very first inhabitants of Scotland, and it was once the thriving hub of an illicit whisky industry. An exciting regeneration project to develop a working historical distillery and heritage centre will be the first to tell the ‘secret’ story of illicit whisky distilling and smuggling.

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Bailies of Bennachie

The Bailies work with landowners and stakeholders, the joint aim of all parties being to look after and maintain Bennachie for the enjoyment of future generations on the hill. The Bailes of Bennachie can provide talks and slide shows to local groups about various aspects of Bennachie, such as its history, natural features and recent archaeological research

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Often referred to as the Tiger of the Highlands, it is striking, handsome and powerful, the very essence of a wild predator living by stealth and strength. Sadly, Scottish wildcats are now one of our most endangered mammals and are on the edge of extinctionScottish Wildcat Action is the first national conservation plan with a vision to restore viable populations of Scottish wildcats north of the Highland fault line.

Scottish Wildcat Action 

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Mountain Bothy Association

With the permission and support of the owners, these shelters are unlocked and are available for anyone to use. All of our maintenance activities are carried out by volunteers. We welcome new members who want to support our work, either by attending work parties or by contributing financially through subscriptions and donations. Without this support, many of these unique shelters would be lost forever. If you love the outdoors and wild places, please consider joining us.

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Welcome to the Natural Heritage page of the Scottish Heritage Archive. This section highlights the people and places that promote Scotland's great outdoors. Each profile contains a short description and quick links (see the legend below). I encourage you follow them in as many places as possible, to help them build their exposure, and keep you in the know! 

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John Muir Trust

To work with others to inspire people to get close to wild nature; speak up for the benefits of wildness; prevent the loss of wild places; manage wild places in a responsible and exemplary fashion; and repair and rewild what has been damaged in the past. The name and inspiration come from John Muir, the Scots-born founder of the modern conservation movement. Muir was passionate about wild places. He explored them, wrote about them and campaigned to protect them.

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John O Groats Trail

A 147 mile coastal walking route from Inverness to John o’ Groats, traversing shorelines, cliff tops, back lanes and footpaths of the Scottish Highlands.

The route is a work in progress. Some of it is remote, pathless and challenging terrain. Other sections are already popular walks. The walk is meant to be used both by long-distance walkers going as far as to or from Land’s End, and local walkers looking for a coastal stroll.

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Glenmore Visitor's Centre

You can begin a walk to a magical lochan from here, or jump over the road to Loch Morlich Beach for watersports and cycling trails.

Just outside the Visitor Centre you'll encounter a memorial to a company of Norwegian resistance fighters who were based in Glenmore during the Second World War. They trained in the forest and on the shores of Loch Morlich for daring raids against the Nazi forces occupying Norway.

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Cairngorm Reindeer Herd

Once a native species that was hunted to extinction in Scotland, the reindeer was reintroduced in the 1940s. The Cairngorm Reindeer Herd is Britain’s only free-ranging herd of reindeer found in the Cairngorm mountains in Scotland. These tame and friendly animals are a joy to all who come and see them. Reindeer are not just for Christmas!

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Aigas Field Centre

For over 40 years, Aigas has been offering small-group learning holidays and study courses exploring the stunning wildlife, habitats and landscapes of the Scottish Highlands. Our unique facilities, quality of service and knowledge are second to none.

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Assynt Foundation

Glencanisp Lodge lies at the heart of the Assynt Foundation's 44,000 acre estate, close to Lochinver, West Sutherland, Scotland. The estate offers many opportunities for visitors to enjoy this stunning landscape. Come and visit us and stay in our Lodge and visit the honesty shop on your route into this wild and rugged landscape.  

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Saving Scotland's Red Squirrels

Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels is a partnership project that is working to ensure red squirrels continue to be a part of Scotland’s special native wildlife. With the help of partners, landowners and local volunteers, the project is monitoring squirrel numbers across Scotland, managing the impact of squirrelpox, and helping to combat the spread of grey squirrels in key strategic areas.

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Scottish Wildlife Trust

  • Championing the ecological, moral, social and economic reasons to protect and restore nature

  • Demonstrating best practice in practical conservation and the creation of Living Landscapes and Living Seas

  • Inspiring people to experience, learn about and care for wildlife and wild places

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Kilmartin Museum

Kilmartin Glen is one of the world’s most significant archaeological landscapes. Sites including Stone Circles, Standing Stones and Rock Art abound. 

For 20 years, Kilmartin Museum has been discovering, caring for and sharing stories of artefacts from this special place. Visit Kilmartin Museum and Kilmartin Glen and join us on a journey through 6,000 years of history.

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