Where was Scotland?
SOME OF YOU may have caught our Best of Britain piece in the September issue, which focused on Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This is a designation that is applied in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, which between them have 46 AONBS. We were able to include only a few in our article. But what about Scotland? Reader Lisa Hind asked why the nation had been left out of our Best of Britain selection. Scotland’s protected landscapes are known as National Scenic Areas and there are 40 of them, covering 13% of the country. The designation defines an NSA as an area ‘of outstanding scenic value in a national context’. These are landscapes not to be missed and will be revisited in future issues of the magazine. There is no doubt that these beautiful protected areas contribute a great deal to Britain’s economy in terms of visitor numbers and spend, and that our pastime plays an important part in sustaining them.
Scotland’s 40 National Scenic Areas include Skye’s fine landscapes