The Isle of Harris should offer people the chance to go walking
in Scotland's third national park, Ramblers Scotland has argued.
Speaking as the Cairngorms National Park boundary extension came into place, the body's director Dave Morris said the next move for the Scottish Parliament should be to confer such status on the island, which includes some of the world's oldest rocks.
He commented: "Local support for such a national park in the Isles is very strong and we must persuade all our politicians that Harris should be Scotland's third national park," noting the conservation and economic benefits this could bring.
Mr Morris also said the extension of the Cairngorms should be followed by an application for Unesco world heritage status, due to its unique landscape and ecosystem.
The possibility of Scotland having a third national park was previously explored in 2006, when there was a public consultation on a possible "coastal and marine" national park at an unspecified location.
Posted by Brandon Egley