National Scenic Areas are places which represent the very best of the landscapes for which Scotland is renowned. They are of such outstanding beauty that they should be looked after for future generations to enjoy.
There are currently 40 such areas, the majority located in the mountainous north and west of Scotland. All three National Scenic Areas (NSAs) in this region, the Nith Estuary, the East Stewartry Coast and the Fleet Valley, are working landscapes focused on the river estuaries and bays of the Solway Firth.
Experience the history, wildlife, farmland and fine views in this landscape full of variety and interest.
The land rises gently from the coast, through the narrow wooded valley, to the open heather clad hills - all in a small compact area. The farmed landscape and broadleaf woodland provide a wonderful setting for the historic town of Gatehouse of Fleet, which lies between the valley and the coastal bay.
This special place has been designated a National Scenic Area - one of the finest landscapes in Scotland.
The NSA Volunteers carry out work throughout the valley, maintaining paths, clearing undergrowth, undertaking surveys, and supporting other landscape projects such as the Cally Walls project and the Wildflower Meadow.
Managing the historic environment case studies.
The forests and woodlands of Scotland include an historic environment which needs to be understood and protected for the benefit of all. The Forestry Commission have produced two guides to promote the recognition of the historic environment and encourage its protection during forestry operations.
The purpose of these case studies are to highlight sources of further guidance that can help forest and woodland managers deliver best practice conservation management over a wide range of archaeological sites and historic landscapes – and showcase the potential that the historic environment can play within Forest Plans.
Two case studies are available here to download as pdfs. Click here.
Viewpoint Voices was a poetry workshop run by local Galloway poet Jean Atkin during September 2011. The group used the Fleet Valley National Scenic Area viewpoint at Knocktinkle as a starting point for a series of short poems in cinquain form.
The workshop was run as part of the first Day of the Region celebrations in Scotland, piloted in 2011 in five communities in Dumfries and Galloway. The project was funded by Leader.