Abstract This paper describes a land resource information system (LRIS) which was developed to aid land use planning. A diverse study area extending from the carse lands of the Forth to the upland moors of the Gargunnock hills was selected in collaboration with the Planning Department, Central Region, Scotland. For each component 100× 100m grid cell, data on topography, soils, land use capability, vegetation, land type, tree species, forest yield class and exposure value were extracted from published sources. These data, along with profile records provided by the Soil Survey of Scotland, were the basis of a computer symbol mapping system. In the first instance emphasis was given to the production of single-factor maps but attention was later directed to an integrated land resource assessment.