Tourist & Leisure Information - Scotland
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Britain Express
There is a wealth of tourist and travel information for England, Scotland and Wales on this site, including links to all the tourist information offices in the country. There is information on historical, cultural and countryside attractions as well as city guides and virtual tours. Excellent site.

Council for National Parks - Park Websites
Headers: National Parks
Click on any of the parks and you will get information on where to stay, what to do and see, travel and where to eat. There are also publications for sale with more detailed information on various aspects of the parks.

Historic Scotland
Headers: Who we are, What we do, Properties, News & events, Education, Membership, Shop, Resources
Historic Scotland is the official government agency responsible for promoting and safeguarding Scotland's built heritage. They manage almost 300 properties, over 70 of which are staffed. Properties include Edinburgh Castle and the Anonine Wall. Generally there are admission charges for the staffed properties, but all information such as location, charges (if any), and access guides are given for each one. You can buy tickets online. It is also possible to hire many of the properties for private functions or film locations.

Independent Backpackers Hostels Scotland
Headers: Hostel Search, FAQ, Travel, News, Links, Jobs, Downloads
This site is a gateway to more than 120 hostels in Scotland that cater for backpackers. You can search or pull up a complete listing of hostels. The site also contains information about public transport in Scotland, festivals and events, plus you can also download (for free) a printer friendly 14 page pdf of "The Blue Guide" which is a full list of all the hostels including addresses, phone numbers, prices and notes.

The National Trust for Scotland
Headers: Visit, Hire, Holidays, Join, Support, Learn, Conserve
The National Trust is a conservation charity, responsible for promoting Scotland's natural and cultural heritage. It has over 100 places in Scotland to visit, such as castles, gardens, museums and the sites of historic battles. In the "Visit" section there is a map - just click on the area you are interested in to get a list of Trust properties in that area. There is location, pricing and general information given for each property. It is also possible to hire, or holiday in, various trust properties.

The Ramblers Association
Headers: Newsroom, Info, Join, Walking Groups, Campaigns, Scotland, Wales
Fancy a walk? Join the Ramblers Association here.

Headers: Birds, Gardens, Countryside, Reserves, England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland
The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds is a wildlife conservation charity founded in 1889. Part of its aim is to protect and restore important wildlife areas across the UK. At present there are over 150 RSPB reserves in the UK covering more than 240,000 acres. Each reserve is described with details of opening times and charges. The site contains an A-Z of UK birds with images, descriptions and habits. If you are new to birdwatching, there is also a section on watching birds, which contains useful tips and advice. Membership of the society is £30 per year for one adult or £38 per year for 2 adults. Family membership is £48.

Scotland's National Nature Reserves
Headers: Map, FAQ, Events, Publications
This site lists all of Scotland's national naure reserves. There is no doubt that Scotland is a very beautiful place - click on MAP and then choose any of the 42 reserves listed to get stunning images, a short description, the best time to visit, how to get there and information on visitor facilities.

Scottish Natural Heritage
Headers: Strategy and research, Working with others, News & views, Naturally Scottish
This rather beautiful site is operated by the official body responsible for protecting and safeguarding the natural heritage in Scotland, in particular "its natural, genetic and scenic diversity". Consequently there is a lot of information on the site about the natural heritage, including wildlife, geology and landscape, in Scotland - click on "Naturally Scottish" to get information on the various Scottish regions.

Scottish Tourist Board
Headers: About Scotland, Accomodation, Travel, What to see and do, Travel trade
There is lots of information about Scotland here including geography, history, arts and culture. There are an enormous number of activites described, from retrotouring at Fort William to sporting activities to wildlife. There are itineraries for people touring Scotland plus descriptions of hundreds of restaurants, cafes and places of interest. The website itself is extremely well designed and easy to use.

Scottish Wildlife Trust
Headers: Who we are, What we do, Join us, Support us, Get involved, See wildlife, Publications, News, Events
The Scottish Wildlife Trust is a charitable organisation that works to protect wildlife and habitats in Scotland. The trust manages over 125 locations in Scotland which you are able to visit. They have four major Wildlife Reserve attractions with purpose built visitor centres. Click on "See wildlife" to get more detailed information about each site, how to get there, habitat, species and so on. Also, for each site there is a PDF information sheet available for download. You can join the Trust for as little as £1 per month by phoning them or by printing off a membership form and posting your cheque.

Walking Wild Scotland
Headers: Club, Access, Shop, Walk Safely, Links, Press, Competition, Walking News, Virtual Walks
If you are thinking of a walking holiday in Scotland, then we would definitely recommend Walking Wild. And if you are not sure whether to have a walking holiday in Scotland, then this site will almost certainly persuade you to go! Apart from the virtual walks, which are stunning, there is so much information and advice plus you can buy guided walks or sign up for their e mail newsletter. Or, if you are feeling lucky, try out their competition.

Headers: Boating Walking, Cycling, Waterways Guide, Holidays
Owned by British Waterways, Waterscape offers plenty of advice, news, information and ideas for enjoying the canals and rivers in Britain. The site has competitions and a special section for children that includes games, features, news and events.

The Woodland Trust
Headers: Our magazine, Our woods, Campaigns, Get involved, Support us, Publications, Discovery
The Woodland Trust (President: Clive Anderson) is a conservation charity dedicated to the protection of the UK's native woodland heritage. Click on "Our Woods" to get information on over a thousand woods in England, Wales and Scotland. You can also buy woodland guides online.


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