7 Best Nature Destinations in Scotland

From estate gardens and urban green spaces to national parks, here are some of the best nature destinations in Scotland for outdoor lovers.

1. Benmore Botanic Garden
Benmore Botanic Garden
Location: Benmore, Dunoon, Argyll
With breathtaking mountains as backdrop, the 49-hectare Benmore Botanic Garden sits surrounded by beautiful nature scenery all around. It provides an idyllic place for people who want to get away from the city and connect with nature. Some of the garden’s must-see sights are the avenue of Giant Redwoods, the rhododendrons in bloom, and the refurbished Victorian fernery among others.

2. Cairngorms National Park
Cairngorms National Park
Location: North East Scotland
Stretching to 4,528 square kilometers, the Cairngorms National Park is larger than the size of Lake District. It is a vast place to explore with several mountains, woodland trails, picturesque villages, and great spots for wildlife watching among others. Some of the national park’s best attractions include museums like the Atholl Country Life Museum and Highland Folk Museum, various distilleries like the Glenlivet Distillery Visitor Centre, Balmenach Distillery, Dalwhinnie Distillery, and more; castles like the Drumin Castle, Blair Castle, and Balmoral Castle; the Mountain Garden, and so much more.

3. Camperdown Country Park
Camperdown Country Park
Location: Coupar Angus Road, Dundee
Camperdown Country Park, also referred to as Camperdown Park, is a 400-acre nature space greatly suited for a relaxing or adventure-filled getaway. It is home to over a hundred species of trees, wildlife, and fun attractions like a pirate-themed playground.

4. Dalkeith Country Estate
Dalkeith Country Estate
Location: Via The King’s Gate, Dalkeith, Midlothian
Located a stone’s throw away from the heart of Edinburgh, the 2200-acre Dalkeith Country Estate is a beautiful nature getaway with plenty of wooded glades. Some of its top attractions include an adventure playground, numerous trails for walking and bicycling, a tea room, an orangery, and a stable yard that dates back to the 18th century.

5. Kelvingrove Park
Kelvingrove Park
Location: Otago Street, Glasgow
Kelvingrove Park is a picturesque natural setting that serves as home to one of Glasgow’s must-see attractions — the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. The 34-hectare park has many fascinating features including several statues and monuments like the Stewart Memorial Fountain, a bandstand, skatepark, and more.

6. Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park
The Trossachs
Location: Carrochan Road, Balloch, Alexandria
The Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park boasts of stunning views and an excellent outdoor getaway for people looking for some nature adventures. The national park is teeming with historic sites, scenic camping spots, beautiful waterfalls, and so much more.

7. The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Location: Arboretum Place, Edinburgh
The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh dates back to 1670 and comprise other Gardens like the Benmore in Argyll, Dawyck in the Scottish Borders, and Logan in south-west Scotland. Together, the Gardens serve as home to an extensive collection of living plants. The Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh features 70 acres of breathtaking nature scenery. It houses a large collection of Chinese plants, an Herbaceous Border, a Rock Garden, the Queen Mother’s Memorial Garden, a Scottish Heath Garden, a Victorian Temperate Palm House, and more.