With summer finally upon us AND it being the start of National Park Week this Monday, there is no better time or excuse to get out and explore the stunning beauty of Scotland’s two National Parks.
This year National Park Week runs from Monday 24 to Sunday 30 July and the theme for 2017 is all about ‘Bringing People Together’, offering a fantastic opportunity for everyone to get together and join in this annual celebration.
Scotland’s countryside offers plenty to do, see and enjoy. National Park week is about showcasing all that is good about National Parks, celebrating their natural and cultural importance, including landscape, wildlife and outdoor recreation.
Scotland’s National Parks are somewhat different from the National Park model in many other countries in as much as they are not uninhabited wilderness areas, but are areas where people live and work.
Indeed, Scottish Land & Estates has members across Scotland’s two National Parks with interests in a great variety of land uses. There are many examples of good management which sit very well with delivery of the Park Authority’s objectives. Undeniably, the historic mix of management – moorland, forestry and agriculture – when taken with the Parks geology and natural history, make the Cairngorms and Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Parks what they are today.
With National Park status comes an inevitable increase in footfall. It is important these valuable areas are respected and cared for, so that everyone can enjoy them and local businesses and communities can continue to make a living in these areas, helping sustain the rural economy.
We want everyone to make the most of Scotland’s National Parks and to have an enjoyable experience. Take a look at Scottish Land & Estates Care for the Countryside campaign to find straightforward advice on how to enjoy the Scottish Countryside responsibly so that everyone can have the best experience possible.
Opportunities to get out!
There are a variety of activities to get your teeth into!
Why not visit the stunning area of Loch Lomond. Spanning 720 beautiful square miles of mountains, glens and the largest expanse of freshwater in mainland Britain, Loch Lomond. You will find wild scenery, thrilling history and superb local food and drink – all of which is easily accessible.
Or why not head to the UK’s largest National Park the Cairngorms and discover a land of soaring mountain ranges, ancient forests and sparkling rivers. The park isn’t just a prime hill-walking destination, with more rivers, lochs, wildlife hotspots, friendly villages and distilleries than you can possibly imagine.
Visit both Parks during National Parks week to enjoy ranger led activities, outstanding family days out, take in the beauty of national nature reserves, learn more about wildlife or geology, visit the many estates and businesses in the area or simply make your own adventure – there is certainly plenty to do and choose from!
To learn more about National Parks Week, as well as search a database of National Parks Week events taking place visit www.nationalparks.gov.uk/visiting/national-parks-week