On Wednesday two Scottish charities, the Scottish Campaign for National Parks and the Association for the Protection of Rural Scotland, launched “Unfinished Business” a strategy for the development of national parks in Scotland.
The document suggests seven possible new national parks, including The Cheviots (an extension of the Northumberland National Park), Galloway, Glen Affric, Wester Ross, Harris, a coastal and marine national park centred around Mull and one covering parts of Lochaber (taking in Ben Nevis, Glencoe and Black Mount).
Jimmie Macgregor, president of APRS, said national park status would help protect some of the best landscapes in the world. He said: "We have wild mountains, pristine rivers and lochs, ancient forests, stunning coastline and islands, all rich in wildlife and history.
"Yet out of 3,500 national parks in the world, Scotland has only two. The first two have been a great success - surely it's time for more."
The 10th anniversary of the launch of the Cairngorms National Park - Britain's largest - is being marked this year. The park includes parts of the Highlands, Aberdeenshire and Perthshire.
Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park was Scotland’s first National Park and was launched in 2002.
The full proposal can be found at: www.scnp.org.uk/News/Docs/2013/Unfinished-Business-a-national-parks-strategy-for-scotland.pdf