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United Kingdom National Parks

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The National Parks [1] of the United Kingdom are to be found primarily in England and Wales; two recent additions exist in Scotland. There are as yet no National Parks in Northern Ireland.

Slightly less strict designations also exist, the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in England and Wales, and the National Scenic Area in Scotland.

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National Parks

England

The majority of England's National Parks are to be found in the North, reflecting the fact that most wilderness areas are to be found in the mountainous areas of the Pennines and surrounding areas.

NB: The South Downs has been designated as an area awaiting designation as a future National Park.

Wales

Scotland

Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the United Kingdom are currently 41 defined areas in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, designated by the Countryside Agency on behalf of the British government. The equivalent in Scotland is the National Scenic Area


England
Wales

National Scenic Areas

National Scenic Area (NSA)[2] is a national landscape designation applied in Scotland. Currently there are 40 designated NSA's. They are considered of national importance based on their outstanding scenic landscapes. National Scenic area is equivalent to the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty designation which is used in the other countries of the UK. Since 2003, the superior National Park designation has been introduced. There are currently 2 National Parks in Scotland.

Aberdeenshire

  • Deeside and Lochnagar

Argyll and Bute

  • Jura
  • Knapdale
  • Kyles of Bute
  • Loch Lomond - now part of a National Park along with The Trossachs.
  • Loch na Keal, Isle of Mull
  • Lynn of Lorn
  • Scarba, Lunga and the Garvellachs

Dumfries and Galloway

Highland

  • Assynt - Coigach
  • Ben Nevis and Glen Coe
  • Dornoch Firth
  • Glen Affric
  • Glen Strathfarrar
  • Kintail
  • Knoydart
  • Kyle of Tongue

North Ayrshire

Orkney Islands

  • Hoy and West Mainland

Perthshire and Kinross

  • Loch Rannoch and Glen Lyon
  • Loch Tummel

Shetland Isles

Stirling

  • The Trossachs - now part of a National Park along with Loch Lomond.

Borders

  • Eildon and Leaderfoot
  • Upper Tweeddale

Western Isles


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