About the Year of Natural Scotland

Scotland is renowned throughout the world for its breath-taking scenery, biodiversity and unique natural heritage. 

With its stunning rugged landscapes which also act as an invigorating natural playground, a unique and unforgettable on-your-doorstep larder, historic monuments and castles which map out the country’s history, and spectacular flora and fauna, it’s little wonder that Scotland has inspired many art forms and innovations over the generations.

Scotland’s natural environment influences our culture, education, manufacturing, fashion and textiles industry, food and drink. 

From Chanel drawing inspiration from Scotland’s history as well as its fabrics, to the world’s largest tidal energy turbine harnessing the power of the country’s wind and seas, not to mention rugged hills, mountains, lochs and lands that are just as good to play on as they are to look at;  Scotland  has much to celebrate in 2013, the Year of Natural Scotland.


In 2013, the Year of Natural Scotland will inspire the country’s people and visitors to celebrate Scotland’s outstanding natural beauty, landscapes and biodiversity and discover or rediscover the natural attraction of the country.

An exciting and diverse programme of events is currently in the making, highlights of which include:

Baxters Loch Ness Marathon & Festival of Running

Blair Castle International Horse Trials

BWA Tiree Wave Classic

Caledonian Challenge

Celtic Connections

Crathes Half Marathon

Dumfries and Galloway Wild Spring Festival

Edinburgh International Book Festival

Edinburgh’s Hogmanay

Fringe by the Sea

Gardening Scotland

Glasgow Film Festival

Great Edinburgh International Cross Country

Great Scottish Swim

Hebridean Celtic Festival

Highland Fieldsports Fair (Moy Game fair)

Inverness Half Marathon

Ladies Scottish Open

Martin Currie Rob Roy Challenge

Mountain Bike World Cup

National Parks Week

Piping Live!


Royal Highland Show

Royal National MOD

Scottish 6 Days Orienteering

Scottish Grand National

Scottish Seniors Golf Open

Scottish Traditional Boat Festival

Snowdrops by Starlight

Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival

Strathclyde Park Triathlon

T in the Park

Tiree Music Festival

Tour of Britain

Traquair Shakespeare Festival

UCI Junior Track Cycling World Championships

Wickerman Festival

Wigtown Book Festival

World Pipe Band Championships

Youth Beatz in the Park