Opinion and story pieces

Putting people at the heart of the countryside

15 Jan 2019

Scottish Land & Estates chairman David Johnstone looks ahead to 2019. When you think of rural Scotland, what springs to mind first? Diverse wildlife? Beautiful landscapes? Outdoor pursuits? Whatever it is for you, there’s one thing that I feel is often

Scotland is blazing a trail in mountain bike tourism

5 Dec 2018

Karen Ramoo, who leads on access in our policy team, explains some of the work going on to ensure Scotland’s growth in mountain bike tourism is safe and sustainable. Scotland’s mountain biking sector is very important to our economy and to our vision of a

Life as the Learner of the Year

2 Aug 2018

Today’s guest blog is from Megan Rowland, Assistant Land Manager on Gordonbush estate. Brought up in a farming and crofting community, Megan relocated to the Highlands in 2012 to work within the conservation sector. After becoming increasingly interested in

Land use is now the big question

11 Apr 2018

A few weeks have now passed since the transmission of BBC Scotland’s documentary The Battle for Scotland’s Countryside, and the intervening period has allowed a chance to ponder on what the programme explained – and some of the points it didn’t manage to

Scottish Tourism week – so good they made it a month!

14 Mar 2018

That’s right, the whole of the month of March has been designated ‘Scottish Tourism Month’ this year. It’s a step up from the 8-day-week of previous years and is based on the need for more time to cram in the multitude of events that seek to celebrate tourism