Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Interactive map on the Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the 40 Scenic areas in Scotland

Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)
There are 46 AONBs in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. They are outstanding landscapes with distinctive character and natural beauty and are protected for future generations. They are all great locations to experience the great outdoors.

Anglesey
A  coastal designation, covering most of Anglesey’s coastline and also encompasses Holyhead Mountain and Mynydd Bodafon.

Arnside & Silverdale
A  mosaic of stunning limestone pavements, low limestone hills, ancient woodlands, orchards and meadows with  magnificent views over Morecambe Bay

Blackdown Hills
A tranquil, beautiful, and relatively isolated landscape on the Devon and Somerset border. Dotted with farms, villages and ancient features.

Cannock Chase
The largest surviving area of lowland heathland in the Midlands .The Chase has extensive areas of forest and woodland along with areas of designed parkland

Chichester Harbour
The sheltered waters of the harbour are ideal for sailing and its channels offer secure moorings. Popular location for angling, birdwatching and walking

Chilterns
Attractive villages with brick and flint cottages nestle in quiet valleys. The chalk rock underlying the Chilterns gives rise to hillsides of velvety chalk downland and sparking streams

Clwydian Range and Dee Valley
Scenic gateway to North Wales, the Clwydian Range is an unmistakable chain of purple heather-clad summits topped by hitoric hillforts. Map of area

Cornwall
Famous for its stunning coastline and fantastic beaches. Cornwall has 12 individual areas of Outstanding Natural beauty

Cotswolds
The largest AONB in England and Wales: an area of warmth and clarity with stone walls and buildings, open skies, rolling grasslands, beech woods and captivating villages, making it an outstanding English landscape

Cranbourne Chase
A landscape of rolling chalk grassland, ancient woodlands, chalk escarpments, downland hillsides and chalk river valleys

Dedham Vale
A lowland English landscape on the Suffolk-Essex border, made famous worldwide by artists Constable and Gainsborough.

Dorset
Chalk escarpments and ridge tops of west Dorset offer uninterrupted panoramic views. Exceptional undeveloped coastline with  unique coastal features. Dorset AONB Map

East Devon
Intimate woodland, vast areas of heathland, fertile river valleys and breathtaking coastal and hilltop views.  A living, working landscape, shaped by many centuries of farming activity.

South Devon
60 glorious miles of coastline, estuaries and countryside between Plymouth and Torbay.

Forest of Bowland
Open moorland, gentle lowlands, criss-crossed with dry stone walls and dotted with picturesque farms and villages. Excellent mountain biking at Gisburn Bike Trails and numerous Walking routes throughout the area. Beacon Fell Country Park has a series of trails

Howardian Hills
The Howardian Hills are a patchwork of arable and pasture fields, scenic villages and historic country houses

Gower Peninsuala
Award-winning beaches, dramatic coast, rolling downs and traditional villages

High Weald
A medieval landscape of wooded, rolling hills studded with sandstone outcrops; small, irregular-shaped fields; scattered farmsteads; and ancient routeways

Isles of Scilly
Outstandingly beautiful, uncrowded and unspoilt with beautiful beaches and stunning scenery

The Isle of Wight
Dominated by chalk which forms the bright white stacks of the Needles. The north coast has low clay cliffs, salt-marsh and mud-flats while the south has sandy bays and unstable sandstone and chalk cliffs

Kent Downs
Rolling countryside from the Surrey border to the white cliffs of Dover. The Downs rise to 250m at Sevenoaks Greensand ridge

Lincolnshire Wolds
The Lincolnshire Wolds are the highest point in eastern England between Kent and Yorkshire with fine views to the Pennines in the west, and the coast to the east.

Llyn Peninsula
Superb coastal landscapes with steep craggy cliffs to sandy bays and Bardsey  National Nature Reserve

Malvern Hills
The Malvern Hills have some of the most spectacular views in the Midlands. The entire length of the Hills is open to the public and is criss-crossed with bridleways and footpaths. Visit Malverns  website

Mendip Hills
Limestone hills with spectacular gorges, rocky outcrops and undulating plateau. Location of Cheddar Gorge and Wookey Hole Caves

Nidderdale
Nidderdale has an extensive network of paths for walking its also a very popular cycling and Mountain Biking area

Norfolk Coast
A long coastal strip incorporates the finest, remotest and wildest of Norfolk’s renowned marsh coastlands. The Peddars way and Norfolk Coast path National trail crosses through the area

North Pennines
Landscape of open heather moors and peatlands, tumbling upland rivers, wonderful woods. One of 6 UNESCO Global Geopark in the UK

North Wessex Downs
Tranquil open downland, with ancient woodland and chalk streams. Walking, Cycling and Riding routes

Northumberland Coast
Wild coastline with some of Britain’s finest beaches and a causeway to Lindisfarne. Low lying area with massive skies excellent for star gazing.

Shropshire Hills
The Shropshire hills have varied  character from the craggy  Wrekin to the moorland plateau of the Long Mynd to the wooded Wenlock Edge and the rolling Clun Forest

Solway Coast
Physically part of the Solway Plain, the coast’s characteristic feature is its continuous raised beach. The falling tides expose wide sand stretches, intertidal mud-flats

South Devon
Rugged coastline, sandy beaches, secretive estuaries, patchwork countryside and historic villages. Walks and trails

Suffolk Coast and Heaths
A unique low-lying coastal landscape of shingle beaches, crumbling cliffs, marshes, estuaries and heathland, forests. Long distance paths

Surrey Hills
A chain of varied upland landscapes including the North Downs. Rising near Guildford  the downs stretch to the Kent border.Walking routes, Cycling routes

Tamar Valley
Rising on the borders of Cornwall and Devon, the rivers Tamar, Tavy and Lynher, form one of the last, unspoilt drowned valley river systems in England.

Quantock Hills
The Quantocks are an area of heathland summits, deep wooded combes and rocky coastlines. Walking routes, Mtb Trails

Wye Valley
One of the finest lowland river landscapes in Britain and the only protected landscape to straddle the border between England and Wales. Outdoor activies


Scotland Scenic Areas
There are 40 National Scenic Areas in Scotland representing Scotland’s finest landscapes. They include spectacular mountain areas, dramatic island landscapes and gentle picturesque landscapes

East Stewartry Coast
Coastline of endless variety and landscape of woods, fields, dykes and hedges with views to the Cumbrian Fells
Scenic Area Map

Eidon and Leaderfoot
Spectacular views from the hill summits,  historic buildings, structures and estates including the Wallace Statue
Scenic Area Map

Fleet Valley
Centered around historic town of Gatehouse, with coastal islands high moorland and ancient woodland
Scenic Area Map

Upper Tweeddale
Expansive, open hills with panoramic views with the great Glentress forest on its doorstep
Scenic Area Map

Coigach Assynt
Spectacular scenery of lone mountains wild moorlands, and rocky seascapes
 Scenic Area Map

Cuillin Hills
Magnificent mountain scenery with the most challenging ridge in Britain
Scenic Area Map

Dornoch Firth
Tranquil, undeveloped coastline with diverse woodland cover
Scenic Area Map

Fair Isle
A jewel of an island owned by the National Trust for Scotland.
Scenic Area Map

Foula
Britain’s most remote inhabited islands with Norse tradition of folklore
Scenic Area Map

Glen Affric
One of the most beautiful glens in Scotlanda historic and popular route through the Highlands
Scenic Area Map

Glen Strathfarrar
A typical Highland glen with ancient Caledonian pine forest among rocky slopes
Scenic Area Map

Isle of Scarba, Isle of Lunga, The Garvellachs
Uninhabited, remote, wild islands, perfect for solitude & sanctuary! Location of the notorious Corryvreckan whirlpool and the Grey Dogs tidal race
Scarba, Lunga and the Garvellachs Map

Jura
Large tracts of wild land with the distinctive Paps of Jura. An island of deer, raised beaches and inaccessible Loch Tarbert
Scenic Area Map

Kintail
Classic ridge walk of the five sisters of Kintale dramatic scenery with inland coast

Knapdale
A landscape of skylines, forestry, secret lochans and dramatic sea views
Knapdale map

An island of deer, raised beaches and inaccessible Loch Tarbert

Kyles of Bute
Undeveloped, dramatic landscape of sea and hills with rocky outcrops breaking through wooded slopes with excellent Walking routes
Scenic area map

Kyle of Tongue
Rich variety of coastal scenery under mountain backdrop
Scenic Area Map

Lewis and Harris
Rich diversity of seascapes on the edge of Europe with deep sea lochs and expansive beaches
South Lewis & Harris Scenic Area Map, Harris & North Uist Scenic Area Map

Loch na Keal, Mull
Dramatic coastline with views of an island-studded sea , world famous Staffa,  Fingal’s Cave and Treshnish Isles
Scenic Area Map

Loch Rannoch
Mountain and wilderness area with Ben Lawers, symmetric Schiehallion and great expanse of Loch Rannoch
Scenic Area Map

Loch Tummel
Beautiful landscape with spectacular Pass of Killiecrankie and picturesque Linn of Tummel
Scenic Area Map

Lynn of Lorn Guide
A low-lying landscape within a vast highland backdrop, home of Castle Stalker one of Scotland’s iconic images
Scenic Area Map

Nith Estuary
A Border landmark rising above the coastal flatlands, with fast tides. Diversity of habitats and wildlife
Scenic Area Map

North Arran
A gem of an Island with dramatic coastline and mountain presence, an exceptional area for outdoor recreation
North Arran Scenic Area Map

North West Sutherland
A complex landscape of rock, water and sky with Handa’s towering sea cliffs
Scenic Area Map

Orkney
An archaeological landscape of World Heritage Status with over 70 Islands
Scenic Area Map

River Earn
The spectacular De’ils Cauldron and Dunmore Hill diverse tree cover of woods and forests
Scenic Area Map

River Tay
Iconic view from King’s Seat. Charming rivers and lochs and the dramatic Falls of Braan
Scenic Area Map

Shetland Isles
Remote Islands with stunning coastline. Fascinating natural history and excellent location to view Northern lights
Scenic area maps: North, South

Small Isles
An archipelago of individually distinctive islands including Rum, Canna and Eigg with an abundance of wildlife
Scenic Area Map

Solway Coast
RSPB reserve to conserve and enhance the natural beauty

South Uist
Deserted white, shell-sand beaches and turquoise seas, extensive, traditionally-managed machair,
Scenic Area Map

Trotternish
The unique Trotternish landslip topography and mysterious presence of the Quiraing. Dramatic basaltic column sea-cliffs
Scenic Area Map

Wester Ross
Great tracts of wild and remote land including Loch Maree , Slioch and the spectacular high mountain pass of the Bealach na Bà
Scenic Area Map

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