Those heading to Scotland with their walking boots
will now be able to pick out the wildest areas to explore, thanks to the publication of a new map of wild land.
Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) has just completed mapping areas classed as wild land and its data could be used to inform decision making about what areas to allow development in and which ones to keep pristine.
The body noted its own poll has shown 91 per cent of the Scottish public believe such landscapes should be protected.
SNH policy and advice manager Simon Brooks said: "Scotland is famous for its wild landscapes these maps tell us where the wildest areas are and will help everyone when considering changes in these places."
While this does not guarantee that development will never take place in such areas, it will help inform local planning decisions.
Issues of wilderness protection in Scotland include the controversy over the visual intrusion of windfarms.
The Scottish Mountaineering Club is currently asking its members to back its fight against a proposed wind farm at Sallachy in the Assynt area of the northern Highlands, which would be visible from many of the mountains in the vicinity.