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Scotland's National Nature Reserves anyone?

A lot of times people ask me what my favorite places in Scotland are. And, I'll always say that I love Edinburgh and visiting friends on the Black Isle. And I love the castles. But, there are handful of places that I also mention--Glen Affric, the area in Perthshire near Loch Tay and Ben Lawers, Loch Maree, Staffa....All of these spots are National Nature Reserves. I knew Glen Affric was, but I didn't realize that there were so many other places. Click here to see a list by region. I love walking in these places and now I know I have more to discover.

Has anyone been to some of the other reserves on the list? Which ones would you recommend?

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Hi Pamela,

Thank you so much for posting this. We'll have 26 days in September, and although I've done a good bit of research, I hadn't come across the National Nature Reserves website until I clicked on your link. WOW, what a wonderful "find" this is, you could build an entire itinerary around visiting these!

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I'm so glad it was helpful! I really love the wild side of Scotland.


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There is an RSPB on Islay, the Loch Gruinart Reserve. Lots of birds and a great viewing facility with free binoclulars. We've always bought pins of flowers and birds there and payment is on an honor system that we help out.