National Parks (Scotland) Act 2000

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National Parks (Scotland) Act 2000
Act of the Scottish Parliament
Long title An Act of the Scottish Parliament to make provision for National Parks.
Citation 2000 asp 10
Introduced by Sarah Boyack[1]
Territorial extent  Scotland
Royal assent 9 August 2000[2]
History of passage through Parliament
Text of statute as originally enacted
Revised text of statute as amended

The National Parks (Scotland) Act 2000, an Act of the Scottish Parliament, sets out 4 main aims of the national parks of Scotland. It also lays out criteria for what qualifies a park for National Park status, and the process necessary to create such features. The Act in itself does not establish any new National Parks; it merely creates powers for the designation of National Parks.

Aims of national parks[edit]

Taken from the National Parks (Scotland) Act 2000:

  • "to conserve and enhance the natural and cultural heritage of the area."
  • "to promote sustainable use of the natural resources of the area."
  • "to promote understanding and enjoyment (including enjoyment in the form of recreation) of the special qualities of the area by the public."
  • "to promote sustainable economic and social development of the area's communities."


  1. ^ "National Parks (Scotland) Bill [AS INTRODUCED]" (PDF). The Scottish Parliament. p. 36. Retrieved 19 October 2016. 
  2. ^ "Session 1 Bills". The Scottish Parliament. Retrieved 19 October 2016. 

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