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More Scots heading for the outdoors

Posted 18 May 2011
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More Scots heading for the outdoors
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More Scots are putting on their walking boots, climbing shoes and cycling gear as growing numbers take to the outdoors, new figures have indicated.

The Scottish National Heritage (SNH) Scottish Recreation Survey has shown 48 per cent of people head for the outdoors for recreational reason at least once a week, up from 46 per cent in 2010.

While some may be keen on heading for the Highlands and tackling some Munros, the SNH noted its "Simple pleasures, easily found" campaign launched last year may have encouraged more to seek out urban outdoor attractions too.

Head of the SNH people and Landscapes programme Richard Davison said: "Even in towns and cities, people have great opportunities to explore green places near to home and enjoy good local path networks."

Those keen to discover Scotland's wild places may wish to visit its two national parks.

Loch Lomond and the Trossachs features the largest lake in mainland Britain, part of the West Highland Way and 22 mountains over 3,000 ft.

In the east Highlands, the Cairngorms National Park includes areas of sub-arctic upland including five of the six highest mountains in the country, with their corries often holding snow throughout the summer.