The Scottish Government has announced plans to designate at least one new national park in Scotland by 2026 and is now inviting communities to submit their proposals for consideration.

Perth and Kinross Council has announced their intention to lead a bid to create Tay Forest National Park. This park would encompass much of Highland Perthshire, taking in loch, forest, and mountain, while also linking the two existing national parks, Cairngorm National Park and Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park .

Queens View, Pitlochry © Scottishcreative / Alamy Stock Photo

(Queen's View Pitlochry - Which would be part of the proposed Tay Forest National Park )

As part of their bid, the Council are encouraging members of the public to submit their views to help shape the plans and ensure that a future Tay Forest National Park reflects the views of those that live and work in the region. The consultation is open until 1 December 2023 and includes in person drop in events as well as an online survey. Full details of the Council's consultation can be accessed HERE and we encourage everyone with a stake in how our landscape is managed to take part.

The Council believe that National Park status could potentially provide increased opportunities for nature restoration, sustainable travel, visitor management, and landscape change. These areas touch on and overlap with many of PKCT's goals, projects, and activities. Should Tay Forest National Park become reality we would work closely with the new National Park Authority to achieve the best for our landscape and those that use and enjoy it.