Affric & Loch Ness
National Park

Nomination Led by Strathglass Community Council & Partners

Welcome to our website providing information on our nomination for a new national park in the Scottish Highlands.

Strathglass Community Council and its partners aim to develop and articulate a shared ambition for a new national park, through consultation with communities and stakeholders.

Sustainable Tourism & Visitor Management

A national park infrastructure would provide a mechanism for promoting sustainable tourism and visitor management.

Enhancing the landscape & improving biodiversity

National Park designation could provide access to funding and infrastructure to enhance our landscape and improve biodiversity, protecting the natural environment for generations to come.

Creating employment and housing for local people

Our National Park nomination will focus on the creation of sustainable employment opportunities and the provision of housing for people wanting to live and work locally.

Proposed Boundary
The proposed National Park centres on the greater Affric area, with a section of Loch Ness and the Trees for Life Rewilding Centre at Dundreggan to the South, Kintail and Strathcarron to the West and Beauly to the East. We would welcome feedback on the proposed boundary.
The term National Park is used throughout the world to describe protected areas of land or water of outstanding national significance. The title means different things to different people but all National Parks have some key features in common:

  • they are areas of land or water which are of the very highest value to the nation for their scenery and wildlife, and often for their cultural heritage too; 
  • they are managed in a way that safeguards their special qualities for the long term;
  • they are usually highly attractive places to visit and they provide opportunities for people to enjoy them.

National Parks in Scotland and throughout the UK are classified by the World Conservation Union (IUCN) as a Category V protected landscape or seascape. This means they are areas which have distinct character and significant ecological, biological, cultural and scenic value which should be safeguarded through a balanced interaction between people and nature. National Parks in Scotland are different from many others around the world because, in addition to conserving and enhancing the natural and cultural heritage, they include aims to help promote the sustainable use of natural resources and the social and economic development of local communities in the Park. Most land in our national parks is not owned by the state. Instead, our National Parks work more through partnership to care for these special places, while recognising the needs of those who live and work there.

Scotland’s National Parks receive funding from Scottish Government and they attract investment from other sources to help safeguard the natural and cultural heritage, and promote its sustainable use and enjoyment by people. Each Park has a dedicated National Park Authority that helps to plan and co-ordinate work for the long-term interest of the area and also give local people a chance to be more directly involved in its governance. Each National Park authority is required to prepare a five-year National Park Partnership Plan. These overarching management plans set out how all those with a responsibility in each park, across public, private and voluntary organisations will coordinate their work to address the most important issues in relation to conservation, visitor experience and social and economic development.

Ref: NNP FAQ Document, NatureScot and Scottish Government, (December 2023).
Scotland’s first two National Parks have performed well as models of sustainable development, delivering conservation alongside rural economic development and recreation. The Scottish Government considers the time is now right to establish at least one further National Park. It also wants to see all our National Parks contribute more to tackling climate change and protecting and restoring nature, whilst supporting the local economy, creating jobs and opportunities for local businesses and attracting investment.  

Ref: NNP FAQ Document, NatureScot and Scottish Government (December 2023)
On 12 October 2023 the nomination process began. Communities and organisations across Scotland are invited to develop and submit their proposals to become Scotland’s next National Park and the deadline for submitting nominations is 29 February 2024. Detailed guidance has been published on the Scottish Government website and support is being made available for any group looking to explore or take forward a proposal. In Spring 2024 all of the nominations received by the deadline will be appraised against the criteria set out in the appraisal framework. The criteria are:
  • outstanding national importance 
  • size, character and coherence 
  • meeting the special needs of the area 
  • strategic contribution 
  • visitor management and tourism 
  • local support 
The appraisal process will help to inform Scottish Ministers’ decision on which area or areas should go forward for designation as a new National Park. The statutory designation process will then begin, starting with a detailed reporter investigation into the area or areas proposed for designation, including a period of local consultation. Based on the outcome of that investigation and a positive report, the Scottish Government would expect to bring forward draft legislation in 2025 for consultation, parliamentary scrutiny and approval in order to designate at least one new National Park by 2026.

Ref: NNP FAQ Document, NatureScot and Scottish Government (December 2023)
The main stages for designating National Parks in Scotland are outlined below. Consultation is built into both the non-statutory and statutory elements. We are currently at stage four.  
Whilst Scotland’s existing National Parks are terrestrial (apart from a small area of upper Loch Long in Loch Lomond & the Trossachs), coastal and marine areas can be included under the current legislation. National Parks are associated with the very best of a country’s natural and cultural heritage, and should showcase some of the most valued wildlife, landscapes and seascapes a country has to offer and providing opportunities for people to enjoy them. They are also about long-term stewardship of these resources. Any nomination for a coastal and marine National Park would also need to be considered in light of any regulatory frameworks for the marine environment affecting existing and planned projects and activities in the area

Ref: NNP FAQ Document, NatureScot and Scottish Government (December 2023)
A major reason for the designation of Scotland’s first two National Parks in Loch Lomond & the Trossachs and the Cairngorms was that both were very popular areas for recreation and tourism. Managing this needed the long-term approach, powers and functions, and funding that National Parks bring. While ongoing issues remain, both National Parks have demonstrated their ability to enhance visitor management for their areas and are working with partner organisations on long-term issues such as local housing and sustainable traffic management. Both National Parks now deploy their own ranger services, and provide funding or support other ranger services operating in the Park. Future National Parks may face similar challenges, or may welcome increasing visitor numbers due to the social and economic benefits that the visitor economy can bring.
Access to affordable housing for local residents either to rent or buy is an issue in many parts of rural Scotland and has been recognised as a priority issue to be addressed in both of our existing National Parks. For example, the Cairngorms National Park Partnership Plan states that: “Access to affordable housing came out very strongly in the public consultation and we acknowledge that, like many other rural communities across the UK, there is a significant risk of local residents – and in particular young people – being priced out of the market. Whilst there is no silver bullet, tackling the number of second homes, vacant properties and short term lets should increase available housing stock, and we will set ambitious targets on new housing development to ensure the majority is for social rental, mid-market rental or other affordable categories, and that this remains the case in perpetuity”.

The Scottish Government’s aim is to support local areas to increase the supply and availability of homes for living in and it has committed to delivering 110,000 affordable homes by 2032 of which at least 70% will be available for social rent and 10% will be in our remote, rural and island communities. Scottish Government is also developing a Remote, Rural and Islands Housing Action Plan to help attract and retain people in these communities and it has been engaging with a wide range of stakeholders to help inform the Plan’s development.

Ref: NNP FAQ Document, NatureScot and Scottish Government (December 2023)
To ensure any new National Park addresses the climate emergency and supports progressive development, our appraisal framework guidance for National Park nominations signals our intention to develop new bespoke planning policy on onshore wind to be applied in new National Parks. This means that a new National Park will be treated differently to existing National Parks with respect to NPF4 policy for onshore wind. The Planning Act allows us to amend the National Planning Framework and the process for making amendments to NPF4 will be covered in new regulations which we will consult on and which we expect to bring forward early in the new year. In practice, we would not make any change of substance without appropriate evidence, engagement and consultation.  Any changes would be subject to any relevant statutory and other impact assessment requirements.

Ref: NNP FAQ Document, NatureScot and Scottish Government (December 2023)
To enable each National Park to address the specific needs and circumstances of its area, the legislation allows for significant differences in the powers, functions, governance and administration of each Park Authority. While the arrangements for Scotland’s next National Park could be similar to the first two, it could also be different. For example, a new National Park could: • cover a different size of area (smaller or larger) or a different size of population; • include marine areas; • be located within fewer local authority areas or a single local authority area; • have a different range of powers and functions (e.g. planning functions); • have different governance and/or staffing models; • be designated for different reasons to the existing National Parks
National Parks in Scotland are centrally funded by the Scottish Government through Grant in Aid. This funding is allocated to the Parks to deliver on the statutory aims of the National Parks (Scotland) Act 2000 and the functions and duties conferred on the Parks. The costs of establishing and running a new National Park in Scotland will be considered by the Scottish Parliament before final decisions are made. The cost of a new National Park depends on a range of factors and cannot be determined until an area has been selected and the proposed boundary, powers and functions of the National Park have been agreed. The Scottish Government’s combined 2023-24 budget allocation for Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park Authority and Cairngorms National Park Authority was £20.9 million. The Scottish Government has committed to provide funding for at least one new National Park
National Park authorities are established as executive non-departmental public bodies. They operate at arms lengths from Scottish Government and are accountable to the Scottish Parliament.  The relationship with government is set out in a Framework Agreement between National Park authorities and Scottish Ministers. National Park authority boards provide leadership and agree the overall direction of the National Park. They also oversee the work of the National Park staff.

Boards are made up of:
  • members that are appointed by Scottish Ministers; 
  • members that are elected locally (by postal ballot of the local electorate); and 
  • members that are nominated by the local authorities in the park area and then appointed by Scottish Ministers. 
Each National Park Authority is required to develop a National Park Plan. This overarching management plan needs to go through an extensive process of public consultation before it is finalised and this also offers a basis for local accountability. National Park Plans set out how all those with a responsibility in each park across public, private and voluntary organisations will coordinate their work to address the most important issues in relation to conservation, visitor experience and social and economic development
Yes. At least 20% of the National Park Board’s members are directly elected local people. Of the remainder, half are nominated by local authorities within the area and the other half are appointed by Scottish Ministers.
The National Park authorities for Loch Lomond & the Trossachs and Cairngorms employ staff who work on a range of issues within the National Park Plan including the conservation of the Park’s natural and cultural heritage, the sustainable use of natural resources, visitor management, education and social and economic development of the local communities.

The staff work across a range of areas including:

  • conservation and nature restoration
  • heritage
  • land management
  • planning
  • ranger services
  • skills development
  • recreation and outdoor access
  • education, learning and volunteering
  • visitor experience and management 
  • communications, campaigns, events and publications
  • business management
Ref: NNP FAQ Document, NatureScot and Scottish Government (December 2023)
What is the statutory reporter process and who will take on this role?
Reporting work is part of the statutory (legal) process for the designation of a new National Park in Scotland.  As outlined in the National Parks (Scotland) Act 2000 (“the 2000 Act”), the statutory process begins with a formal Ministerial proposal that a National Park should be established (a ‘National Park proposal’) and a ‘reporter’ appointed. 
The reporter’s role and who can take on the role of reporter is set out in the National Parks legislation.  NatureScot undertook the reporting role when Scotland’s first two National Parks were established in Loch Lomond & the Trossachs and Cairngorms.  It is expected that NatureScot will take on the reporter role for the designation of our next National Park. 
Scottish Ministers are expected to decide and announce which area or areas will become a ‘National Park proposal’ this summer, following the appraisal of all nominations submitted to Scottish Government by 29 February. 
What does the reporter do?
On receipt of the National Park proposal, the reporter must:  
  • send a copy of the proposal to every local authority any part of whose area is within the area to which the proposal relates; 
  • determine the period (which must be at least 12 weeks) for which the copy proposal and requirement from Scottish Ministers to carry out the report are to be made available for public inspection and notify every such authority of that period; 
  • publicise the proposal in a manner the reporter thinks fit; 
  • consult every local authority and community council any part of whose area is within the area to which the proposal relates; such persons that appear to the reporter to be representative of the interests of those who live, work or carry on business in the area to which the proposal relates, and such other persons as the reporter thinks fit.  
The reporter’s role is to provide a report to Scottish Ministers on the National Park proposal. When preparing the report, the reporter: 
  • must consider whether the below conditions are satisfied in relation to the proposed area  
  • that the area is of outstanding national importance due to its natural heritage or the combination of its natural and cultural heritage;  
  • that the area has a distinctive character and coherent identity; and  
  • that designating the area as a National Park would meet the special needs of the area);  
  • must have regard to the National Park aims, 
  • must take into account any views and comments on the National Park proposal expressed as part of the public inspection and consultation, 
  • may have regard to such other matters as the reporter considers relevant including, in particular, administrative boundaries and geographical considerations. 
How long does the reporter process take?

The reporter process is anticipated to take around 9 months.  It involves: 
  1. extensive engagement with stakeholders and local communities in the area regarding  the proposal.  (This will build on the work that has previously been carried out by the nominating group and will be informed by the proposal that has been submitted); 
  1. a formal period of consultation; and 
  1. the development and finalisation of the reporter’s advice which will take account of the engagement and consultation. 
The reporter will work with other public bodies with expertise in relevant areas such as cultural heritage, visitor management, community development and farming and crofting. 
What should the reporter’s advice include?
The reporter’s advice should include the following: 
  • the area which it is proposed should be designated as a National Park; 
  • the desirability of designating the area in question (with or without modifications) as a National Park; 
  • the proposed functions the National Park authority for the Park should exercise; 
  • the likely annual costs and capital expenses of the authority in exercising its functions; 
  • such other matters relating to the proposal as the Scottish Ministers may specify; and  
  • any other matters that the reporter considers relevant. 
What consultation took place during previous reporter processes?

Examples of engagement and consultation activities that took place during the reporter process for the establishment of Loch Lomond & the Trossachs and Cairngorms National Parks included: 
Information: website, newsletters, Q&A material, displays at public venues, press releases and media coverage. 
  • Stakeholder meetings and events (including with community councils, farmers and land managers, businesses, environment and conservation organisations, tourism and recreation representatives); 
  • Engagement with local authorities; 
  • Visits to primary and secondary schools, questionnaires and discussions with young people; 
  • Drop in surgeries; 
  • Public meetings. 
  • Consultation document; 
  • Summary leaflet and comment form; 
  • Street surveys; 
  • Meetings/events. 
The consultation and stakeholder engagement that takes place during the statutory reporter process for any new National Park will need to take into consideration local circumstances and should build on the previous engagement work that has been undertaken during the development of the nomination.

National park status will directly benefit all those living and working in the area, boost many sectors of employment, and bring opportunities to create and invest in a green economy. This includes through investment in traditional rural jobs and skills; enhanced nature restoration and nature-based jobs; sustainable forestry, fishing, farming; and well-managed tourism. Local products and businesses would benefit from national park branding. 
  • A key part of this should be to recognise and celebrate the skills and practices of traditional land managers, and for that hugely valuable and hard-won knowledge and experience to be used to restore nature and to create sustainable, long-term livelihoods and nature-based jobs.
  • A thriving ‘ecosystem of employment’ can be built around nature restoration.
  • The investment that nature recovery will generate, coupled with governance involving local people, could unlock the area’s potential for local communities and visitors alike – creating a vibrant local economy that serves all who live and work in the area, allowing traditional and highly valued land-based skills and knowledge to not only survive but to flourish in a sustainable way, benefitting current and future generations.
  • All of this will help create a strong economy that helps our communities to thrive, and to enable our young people to stay in the area and to build their future here. 
Our Affric & Loch Ness National Park bid is about empowering local people, investing in our local economy to directly benefit all those living and working in it, and sustaining and opening up social and economic opportunities for our communities in this rural area – and farmers and crofters are absolutely integral to that.
Our proposals for landscape-scale nature recovery in this landscape of globally important habitats could bring particular benefits for farmers, crofters and growers – and help ensure they have a much more secure future – including because:
  • There is the opportunity here to sustain existing – and develop new – land-based businesses and jobs based on nature-friendly approaches and innovation, with farmers, fishers and foresters benefiting from green initiatives and investment. This is together with more opportunities to protect and celebrate our rural livelihoods and culture, and also with national park branding benefitting local products and businesses.
  • Nature recovery goes hand-in-hand with growing food. Agriculture and food production depend on nature – from wild insects pollinating fruit and vegetables, to healthy soils feeding crops and shielding them from disease and increasing yields, to rivers and wetlands storing vast amounts of water, which can be crucial during droughts or floods.
  • Farmers, crofters and growers are increasingly on the sharp edge of the interlinked nature and climate emergencies, which are eroding their ability to make a living. Nature recovery can make our landscapes more resilient to the impacts of climate breakdown such as extreme weather events, which in recent years have already been costing Scotland’s farmers more than £160 million a year.
National park designation would be a historic opportunity to ensure thriving rural communities now and for our children and future generations – allowing people of all ages to keep living and working here through a sustainable approach which showcases, protects and enhances the area’s outstanding natural and cultural heritage, including traditional and new rural skills and knowledge.
National park status for Affric and Loch Ness would bring multiple benefits for our local landowners, including because:
  •  National park designation provides access to funding and infrastructure to protect and enhance our landscape and improve biodiversity. It could showcase how empowering land managers across the board to make more choices that help nature get back on its feet is good for us all, and good for nature.
  • National park status will provide the opportunity to diversify landowner and estate incomes, because there will be greater focus on investment in the land to achieve nature recovery and climate change resilience. This would include enhanced grants for peatland and forest restoration, and increased investment in natural capital.
  • There will be opportunities to increase and diversify nature-based rural jobs, from wildlife tourism and camping, to rural industries in farm buildings – all while restoring the vital living systems and ecological functions on which we all depend, including carbon sequestration, reduced flooding, and improved air and water quality. 
  • National park status is likely to secure and grow the rural skills and jobs on which many large estates depend. This is because nature recovery depends on the traditional skills of land managers, such as deer stalking, to achieve the changes in the landscape that will enable nature to thrive.
This link provides details of the Scottish Government's Nomination guidance
The nominating party is Strathglass Community Council, with significant support from partners across the boundary area.
You can contact Strathglass Community Council via the contact page of this website.  Please note that all Community Councillors are volunteers, who are mostly employed full-time elsewhere but we will respond to any contact as soon as we are able.

The Scottish Government website contains lots of information regarding the process in general.  click here
There are two other nominations that we are currently aware of, who are working with the same Scottish Government appointed consultants..

Ben Wyvis & Glen Affric National Park nomination covers the majority of the same proposed area, except for a section in the west, plus a further area to the north east incorporating Ben Wyvis. website: (

 Wester Ross Biosphere's potential nomination covers a small section to the west of Glen Affric and extends from Glenelg up to the north of Ullapool in the west. (

Data collected via consultation events and surveys will be presented in each of the nominations.

We understand that nominations will be reviewed, considered and published by Scottish Government.

The national park nomination process was launched on 12th October 2023 and nominations close on 29th February 2024.

Some people locally have pointed out that this is a relatively short timeframe. Strathglass Community Council and other nominating bodies did ask for the national nomination process deadline to be extended; however, we were informed that this was not possible given the Government's target date for the launch of a new national park within this parliament. That being the case – and given the historic opportunity to nominate a national park in our area – we have worked hard to produce a well-considered national park proposal for public consultation, and to organise as quickly as possible a full stakeholder and community engagement and consultation process ahead of submitting a full nomination. This includes a series of local events, and a dedicated website which allows local people and visitors to the area to make their views known. We have also kept local people informed by publishing our council agendas and minutes online, on social media, and on public notice boards. Doing all we can to engage with the community, and listen to all views, is an essential part of the nomination

Initial Consultation Report

This report provides the outcome of the initial consultation regarding a nomination for Affric & Loch Ness to be considered for designation as a national park. A full report will be added in due course.

Information Booklet for New National Parks

This booklet, produced for Scottish Government, provides information regarding the regulatory framework and governance of National Parks in Scotland. It includes a section relating to proposed changes, which have been subject to public consultation.

Thank you to everyone who completed our survey and attended our events. See the Initial Consultation Report page for the outcome.

Past Events

Consultation Event - Beauly - Open Public sesstion01 Feb 2024Phipps Hall, Station Road, Beauly, IV4 7EH
Consultation Event - Glenmoriston - Open Public Drop-in Session28 Jan 2024Dundreggan Rewilding Centre, Dundreggan Estate, Glenmoriston, IV63 7YJ
Consultation Event - Cannich - Bookable Individual Sessions27 Jan 2024Cannich Village Hall, Cannich, Beauly, IV4 7LJ
Consultation Event - Cannich - Open Public Drop-in Session27 Jan 2024Cannich Village Hall, Cannich, Beauly, IV4 7LJ
Consultation Event - Kilmorack - Open Public Drop-in Session26 Jan 2024Kilmorack Hall, Kilmorack, Beauly, UK, IV4 7AG
Attending Marybank, Scatwell & Strathconon Community Council25 Jan 2024Online Event
Consultation Event - Drumnadrochit - Open Public Session24 Jan 2024Glenurquhart Hall, Blairbeg, Drumnadrochit, IV63 6UG
Attendance at Strathglass & Affric Community Company meeting22 Jan 2024Cannich Village Hall, Cannich, Beauly, UK
Consultation - SCC Meeting10 Jan 2024Cannich Village Hall, A831, Cannich

UHI Inverness

Professor Chris O'Neil, Principal & Chief Executive

"As the local provider or further and higher education, as well as world-class academic research, we strongly support the nomination for the Affric & Loch Ness National Park and are delighted to contribute our expertise to the consultation and nomination process. A national park designation would help retain and attract young people to the area by providing sustainable employment and housing opportunities.

Steve Micklewright

CEO - Trees for life

A new national park, centred on Glen Affric but extending to Loch Ness and the west coast, has the potential to enable nature restoration at a scale that will help biodiversity to recover and lock carbon in trees and peatland to help with the climate crisis. The investment that nature recovery will generate, coupled with shrewd governance involving local people, will unlock the potential of this area for local communities and visitors alike, creating a vibrant local economy that serves all who live and work in the area. Trees for Life is proud to be a partner in this initiative and is committed to support the proposal as it develops.

Brad Collins


Proprietor, Brad Collins said ''As the local village store in Cannich we fully support the SCCs nomination of our beautiful area to become a National Park. We are fortunate enough to live in one of the most spectacular areas in the world and this is a natural beauty that needs the protection that a National Park will provide and allow us to share this beauty with those who choose to visit the area for years to come.''

Cannich Woodland Camping & the Bog Cotton Cafe

Matt Jones

As a local business owner and outdoor sports enthusiast, I am happy to support the nomination for Affric and Loch Ness National Park. I believe that national park designation could be an opportunity for local communities to protect and enhance our iconic glens for future generations to enjoy.

Glenurquhart Rural Community Association

Susan Clark, Chair

"GURCA (Glen Urquhart Rural Community Association) supports the process of community consultation being conducted into proposals for a National Park covering the Glen Affric and Loch Ness area. As the local community development trust, hearing the views of our community is key and centre to everything that we do and allows us to develop and implement projects which have the support of our members and in line with our Community Action Plan."

Councillor Chris Ballance

Councillor - Highland Council

I enthusiastically support the bid for national park status being led by Cannich Community Council and others. Glen Affric is frequently cited as the most beautiful glen in Scotland, and presents itself as the architype of a Scottish glen – with one road into the main tourist areas, and then a large area only accessible on foot via the ancient drove road to the west coast. This allows it to have both access to the general public, and a more undisturbed area for wildlife. As such it has been a hub for environmentalists for decades. The Glen has been the focus of a largescale project by Trees for Life charity to restore the Great Caledonian Forest – with the stated aim, hopefully to be achieved within the next three or four years, of allowing a red squirrel to travel from the west coast to close to the east coast, without ever touching the ground. The improved biodiversity that this tree planting initiative has offered provides a basis for expanding it to a wider area – and it is also something which national park status will help to protect for the future. The bid includes a much wider area, due to enthusiastic requests from other areas to be involved. It includes part of the Loch Ness shoreline, Loch Ness being internationally the best known geographical feature of Scotland – thanks largely to the Celtic mythological water monster that lives there. Indeed the whole area is steeped in Celtic mythology and the Gaelic which describes and interprets the landscape, and so provides an excellent opportunity to develop and explain Celtic lore and Gaelic – the almost forgotten keystones to how our ancestors understood and worked with nature. Minority ethnic languages like Gaelic are known to deserve protection for the unique knowledge of local nature that they describe, and Glen Affric National Park will help build this understanding. Following representations from enthusiastic communities elsewhere to be included, the bid also involves communities to the north and east of the glen, offering a wide variety of different landscapes, from west coast rainforest to northern hills and mountains, and the glen itself. It will offer economic opportunities to a significant number of small communities with limited economic development, and very little to keep young people in their area and, in the north and west in particular, a growing problem of rural depopulation. Sustainable rural regeneration is at the heart of the Glen Affric National Park. The bid builds on the extensive biodiversity regeneration work, protecting it and increasing it, while offering economic regeneration opportunities to a significant number of small communities across the area, from Achnasheen to Glen Moriston to Dornie. I enthusiastically support it and wish the bid team every success.

Steve Byford

Chair - Kilmorack Community Council

Kilmorack Community Council supports the consultation and nomination process for Affric & Loch Ness National Park

Councillor Dr Christopher Birt

Highland Council

Councillor Dr Christopher Birt supports the nomination for the Affric & Loch Ness National Park


Affric & Loch Ness National Park Media Coverage (updated 26.2.24; 15:18) As part of our proposal to nominate Affric and Loch Ness as Scotland’s third national park, we have been working to raise as much public awareness as possible about the bid and about our public consultation. In addition to social media content, local stakeholder engagement and placing posters in local shops and notice boards within the proposed boundary, we sought local and national coverage for our launch We sent our launch press release to more than 400 journalists and media outlets in the local area, across the Highlands, and in the national Scottish and UK media. Here is some of the media coverage so far. Broadcast BBC Radio Scotland – Out of Doors December 2023 Feature on Affric and Loch Ness proposal, including Georgie Parker interview BBC Radio Scotland – Highlands & Islands 15.1.23 Steve Micklewright recorded interview; used for at least three news bulletins BBC Gaelic Radio 15.1.23 Steve Micklewright recorded interview BBC Radio Scotland – Good Morning Scotland 17.1.24 (06:15) Georgie Parker live interview BBC Alba (Television) Hoping to organise an in-depth piece in late January Online Business Mole 12.1.24 “Launch of national park bid for Affric and Loch Ness” Countryside Jobs 12.1.24 “Bid for Affric & Loch Ness National Park launched – the Affric & Loch Ness National Park partnership via Trees for Life” The Herald 12.1.24 “Affric and Loch Ness: Bid for Scotland’s third national park” By Craig Williams The Herald 12.1.24 “New national park in Scotland – where, why and when” By Gabriel McKay Highland Times 12.1.24 “Bid for Affric & Loch Ness National Park launched” inkl 12.1.24 “Glen Affric and Loch Ness enter race to become Scotland’s next national park” Inverness Courier 12.1.24 “Bid for Affric & Loch Ness National Park launched” The National 12.1.24 “Community launches Affric and Loch Ness national park bid” Pressat 12.1.24 “Bid for Affric & Loch Ness National Park launched” Ross-shire Journal 12.1.24 “Bid for Affric & Loch Ness National Park launched” Scottish Rural Network 12.1.24 “Bid for Affric & Loch Ness National Park launched” SME Bulletin 12.1.24 “A bid has been launched for the Affric and Loch Ness National Park” Third Force News 12.1.24 “Third sector groups unite to bid for new Scottish national park” Trees for Life 12.1.24 “Bid for Affric and Loch Ness national park launched” Yahoo! News 12.1.24 “Bid launched to nominate Affric and Loch Ness as Scotland’s third national park” Executive Magazine (Highlands News & Media) 13.1.24 LinkedIn post linked to Inverness Courier article Local Gardener Newspaper 13.1.24 “Bid launched for Affric and Loch Ness national park” WalkHighlands 13.1.23 “Bid for Affric & Loch Ness National Park launched” The Dirt (horticultural news) 15.1.24 “New bid for Scotland’s third national park: Affric and Loch Ness” Scottish Field 15.1.24 “Affric and Loch Ness bid for Scotland’s third national park” ENDS Report 16.1.24 “Consultation sought to make Affric and Loch Ness Scotland’s third national park” Inside Ecology 16.1.24 “Bid for Affric & Loch Ness National Park launched” Green Adventures 17.1.24 “Bid for Affric & Loch Ness National Park launched” Little Green Space 17.1.24 “Bid for Affric & Loch Ness National Park launched” Charity Today 23.1.24 “Bid for Affric and Loch Ness National Park launched” Inverness Courier 23.1.24 “Your chance to have a say on Glen Affric and Loch Ness national park bid” By John Davidson The Guardian / Observer 27/28.1.24 featured in an article on Scotland’s national parks


As at 29/1/24 Over 2,400 visits to our website Over 280 online survey responses Over 40 stakeholder meetings Over 16 public meetings attended 4 public facilitated consultation events -more to come

Media Launch

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November - Web Development & Stakeholder Engagement


December - Stakeholder Web Launch, Community & Stakeholder Consultation


January - Community Consultation, Partner Web Page and Press Launch


February - Nomination Review & Refinement