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Land - Outdoor Visits

High Level Summary of Statistics Trend Last update: Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Outdoor Visits

Outdoor recreation is beneficial for health and well-being. It also provides opportunities for people to come into contact with, and increase their understanding of, the natural environment.

The Scottish Government has established a National Indicator to increase the proportion of adults making one or more visits to the outdoors per week. During 2016, 48.5% of adults are estimated to have visited the outdoors at least once a week, compared to 48.6% in 2015 and 42% in 2012.

The data are taken from a sample of randomly selected adults in the Scottish Household Survey who were asked how often they visit the outdoors in Scotland. Prior to 2012, the data was sourced from the Scottish Recreation Survey produced by Scottish Natural Heritage, which included the same question.

Outdoor Visits 2006 to 2016

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Source: Scottish Household Survey, Scottish Recreation Survey

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