by Paul Gallagher Published 01/02/2011
Having travelled over most of the Scottish Highlands over the years it may come as no surprise that there are certain places that offer me, as a landscape photographer, a little more than others. The Outer Hebrides draw me to the vast, open, sandy beaches; Sutherland with its bleak wilderness is something to behold; and the forests and woodlands of Perthshire bring back many happy memories. Wester Ross ranks up there with all of them but it does seem to 'pip them at the post' for sheer photographic opportunities.
Even when looking at a map you can see the potential without actually going there. The Torridon mountains, Coigach and the classic spire of Stac Pollaidh and the still waters of Loch Maree, Loch Carron and Loch Ewe. The coastline and bays all make for a stunning location to be in with a camera. But setting aside the landmarks and classic locations known to many who visit Wester Ross, there are thousands of small corners where you can explore and you get a sense that nobody has been there before. There may be no footpath, no signs and nothing obviously suggesting it is owned by anyone. This is of course not the truth at all. All of Scotland is owned and in some way managed, but it is this feeling of true freedom and being alone that makes this place special.
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