New bid for Scotland’s third national park: Affric and Loch Ness

A bid to nominate Affric and Loch Ness as Scotland’s third national park has been launched to celebrate and protect its important natural and cultural heritage.

Glen Affric
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The proposed National Park centres on the greater Affric area, with a section of Loch Ness and the Trees for Life Rewilding Centre at Dundreggan to the South, Kintail and Strathcarron to the West and Beauly to the East. The proposed boundary for the national park ensures that the area is accessible both by road and public transport.

Strathglass Community Council and its partners leading the nomination, aim to develop and articulate a shared ambition for a new national park through a consultation with communities and stakeholders.

The partnership behind the proposal affirm that this area of the Highlands is one of the world’s most beautiful places, and that a national park status would benefit current and future generations. The park would also empower local communities and provide economic opportunities and nature-based jobs to the benefit of people of all in the area.

Currently, the partnership is seeking stakeholder and community engagement and consultation prior to submitting its full nomination which will involve a series of local events held later this month.