Beinn Eighe could lose Unesco Biosphere Status

Beinn Eighe. Pic: Roger McLachlan/Geograph Beinn Eighe sits in Britain's oldest reserve

Related Stories

One of Scotland's mountains could lose a designation given by Unesco.

Wester Ross Alliance, a community development organisation, has concerns Beinn Eighe does not meet new criteria for Biosphere Status.

The designation gives areas greater international recognition among scientists and tourists.

The alliance has started working with the Centre for Mountain Studies UHI in Perth to investigate how the status could be secured.

Reaching a height of 1,010m (3,314ft), Beinn Eighe is one of Scotland's 283 Munros, mountains of more than 914.4m (3,000ft).

Beinn Eighe also sits in Britain's oldest reserve, having been created in 1951. The reserve is managed by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH).

As many as 50,000 hillwalkers visit the area every year, according to the heritage agency.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Highlands & Islands



12 °C 7 °C


BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.