Choose from a wide selection of holiday cottages, hotels, self-catering properties, inns, lodges, Travelodges, Premier Inns etc in NSAs across Scotland. Pictured is The Cuillin Hills NSA on the Isle of Skye.
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National Scenic Areas, Visitor & Tourism Guide


National Scenic Areas
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What is a National Scenic Area or NSA?
A National Scenic Area or NSA is an area of beautiful and important land within Scotland. These areas are not as highly protected as National Parks but nevertheless contain landscapes and attractions that pull in tens of millions of visitors a year.

The Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty or AONB is the England/Wales/Northern Ireland equivalent of the NSA.

Many of Scotland's most beautiful and popular holiday spots
In the UK, AONBs/NSAs are not well known despite the vast tourist industry that many of them support. This is why we list them here in a separate section.

Some recommendations but explore for yourself
For mountains, try: Ben Nevis & Glencoe NSA and The Cuillin Hills NSA.

For coastline, try: Morai, Moidart & Ardnamurchan NSA.

Try National Parks, too
If National Scenic Areas (or Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in England, Wales and Northern Ireland) get your blood pumping then try the UK's National Parks. Two National Parks, the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park and Cairngorms National Park, are in Scotland.

All National Scenic Areas
Assynt-Coigach, Ben Nevis & Glencoe, Deeside Lochnagar, Dornoch Firth, East Stewartry Coast, Eildon & Leaderfoot, Fleet Valley, Glen Affric, Glen Strathfarrer, Hoy & West Mainland, Jura, Kintail, Knapdale, Knoydart, Kyle of Tongue, Kyles of Bute, Loch Lomond, Loch na Keal, Loch Rannoch & Glen Lyon, Loch Shiel, Loch Tummel, Lynn of Lorn, Morai, Moidart & Ardnamurchan, Nith Estuary, North Arran, North West Sutherland, River Earn, River Tay, Scarba, Lunga & The Garvellachs, Shetland, South Lewis, Harris & North Uist, South Uist Machair, St. Kilda, The Cairngorm Mountains, The Cuillin Hills, The Small Isles, The Trossachs, Trotternish, Upper Tweeddale, Wester Ross