Nature and Activities

Nature and Activities


Nature-based tourism is estimated to be worth £1.4bn (Scottish Natural Heritage, 2010) to the Scottish economy. Year after year, our visitors tell us that our scenery and landscape are the main reasons for visiting, and we are seeing an increasing number of visitors enjoying the many different outdoor activities available, such as walking, cycling, mountain biking, sailing, wildlife watching, fishing and stalking, to name but a few.

Tourism Scotland 2020 identified nature and activities as a key asset for Scottish tourism and to develop this further, the leading tourism industry groups involved in this sector came together under the Outdoor Tourism Group.

The group agreed not to publish a plan for the sector due to the number of specific activity-related plans and strategies already in existence.

 Outdoor Tourism Group

The Outdoor Tourism Group comprises the main outdoor activity tourism-related industry groups together with the key public sector agencies. The purpose of the group is to provide a voice for the sector in relation to the delivery of the national tourism strategies and their own sectoral plans.

If you would like to find out more about the group and the issues it discusses, notes from the meetings are available below. 

A workshop was held in November 2015 and since then the group has not met.


Outdoor Tourism Group Organisations

BMS Extra SMALL Cycloe outism forum
developing mountain biking go-rural-logo
sail scotland
SCCTA lands and estates wildcol -small  
British Marine Scotland

Aileen Monk
Cycle Tourism Forum

Mike Dennison
Developing Mountain
Biking in Scotland

Graeme Mclean
Go Rural

Caroline Miller
Sail Scotland

Daniel Steel
Scottish Country Sports
Tourism Group

Andrew Grainger
Scottish Land & Estates

Katy Dickson
Wild Scotland

Ben Mardall


  Other organisations invited to join the group are:

forestry commm HIIEE SE loghhho (rgb) natural heritage uni of hi and i VS_corp_CMYK
Forestry Commission Scotland Highlands & Islands Enterprise
Scottish Enterprise
Scottish Natural Heritage University of Highlands & Islands VisitScotland


Sector Specific Strategies and Plans: