7 Beautiful Places you have to visit in the Scottish Highlands:

 

The Scottish Highlands are home to mountains, glens and rivers, hidden beaches, ancient woods and deep mysterious lochs.  These beautiful landscapes are often used in movies, television shows, and photographs.  The light constantly changes.  It paints across a big natural canvas, always creating wonderful moments in time.

 

7 Beautiful Landscapes in the Scottish Highlands

  1. 1. Rannoch Moor; is renowned for its light properties and the exceptional views in all directions. The sky feels huge, troubles turn into dust in awe of the beauty, and the whole world slips away into lochs and mountains.
  2. Faskally Woods (The Enchanted Forest); are naturally beautiful during the daytime, but, at night, the forest becomes ethereal. This forest is a light and sound, award-winning event, with no likeness.
  3. Loch Tummel; is home to colourful woodlands, beavers, and excellent trout fishing. In autumn when the leaves change colours, the trees are coloured in a riot of reds, browns, oranges, yellows and many other shades.
  4. Loch Torridon; is a fifteen-mile long sea loch in the heart of incredible scenic landscapes. Ancient glaciers cut the way for Loch Torridon, out of some of the oldest rock in the world.  Varied wildlife inhabits the woods, waters, and hills.
  5. The Trossachs; is an area of land that lays to the east of Loch Lomond and is full of small glens, peaceful lochs, and fairytale woodlands. In spring, the whole area is covered in wildflowers.  It is a breathtaking sight, especially with the Scottish Bluebells everywhere.
  6. 6. Ben A’an and Loch Katrine; this peak, part of a National Park, offers a stupendous view across a breathtaking landscape. You will feel that the whole world is made up of mountains, disappearing into the far distance, ridge after ridge.
  7. Loch Shiel; is a freshwater loch, best appreciated when you are on the water, canoeing. Camping on the wild shores or islands, you can appreciate the feel of true wilderness.

These are only a few of the wonderful landscapes that await you on the Scottish Highlands

 

 

 

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Renewable Energies in the Highlands and on the Islands of Scotland

The natural resources, for renewable energies, of Scotland is extraordinary when weighed against European, and even global, standards.  The most viable of the potential sources include wind, water, and tide.

Wind Energy; the fastest growing renewable technology energy:

Scotland is a very windy country and the Highlands and Islands have the most sustainable wind regimes to build wind farms and wind turbines.

Onshore Wind Generating Capacities; almost 500 wind turbines are operating, onshore, in the Islands and Highlands.  Along with Hydropower, Wind power delivers more than 50% of the electricity demand.

Offshore Wind Development; has the challenge to fulfill an ambitious and challenging target set to deliver renewable electricity.  Together with other renewable sources, an equivalent of 100% of Scotland’s electricity must be delivered by 2020.

Water; Hydro energy:

With a considerable remaining potential for the introduction of new hydro schemes, Hydropower produces about 12% of Scotland’s electricity.  Of the 145 hydroelectrical schemes, more than half is situated in the Highlands and Islands Area.  Even though the once-rapid growth slowed down, major, new development opportunities have been identified.

Wave Energy:

10% of Europe’s total wave resources flow in the surrounding seas of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland.  Leading Wave energy device developers are drawn to this area.  Wave energy is included in the ambitious targets of 100% electricity should be delivered through renewable sources by the year 2020.

Tidal Energy:

Having more than their share of tidal energy resources; the Highlands and Islands of Scotland hosts the top tidal wave energy sites in the UK.  This area of Scotland’s coastline contains 25% of Europe’s tidal resource and 50% of the UK’s tidal resource.  A wide range of products and leases for wave and tidal development have been approved.

Having some of the world’s best renewable resources, the Highlands and Islands is at the forefront of the UK’s industry for energy developments.

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The Scottish Highlands; what are they? A Definition and Description

The Highlands of Scotland is a historic region in Scotland.  This mountainous, northern, region of Scotland is famous for its rugged, diverse, landscape, which ranges from mountain terrain to fertile flat land with lots of lochs and rivers.

The Highlands, which take up about 60% of Scotland, have extensive mountainous areas with peaks as high as 1300 metres.  These mountains are not really high but are exposed to very unpredictable, changeable weather conditions, which are influenced by the meeting of land and sea air streams.  Large upland plateau areas are a character of these mountains.

Scotland has a temperate and oceanic type climate.  In the northern parts, the temperatures are generally lower because of the North Sea’s colder surface temperatures.  Rainfall varies a lot.  The western highlands are the wettest.  Heavy snowfall can become more common how higher the altitude.

Where remnants of the native Scots pine forest still exist, you can still find the Scottish crossbill, the only endemic bird species in the UK.  In these areas, you will also find the Scottish wildcat, capercaillie, red squirrel and the pine marten.  Scotland’s bryophyte flora has great importance globally.

Scotland’s Landscapes are one of the country’s greatest assets.  However, the landscapes are subject to great changes.  Some of these landscapes gained a particular value for their wild land quality.  The diversity of its landscapes provides a living picture, canvas, of Scotland’s history, and deeply ingrained traditions of Scotland’s culture.

The diverse seas and coasts of Scotland support a great many species, a wealth of habitats, and generate billions for the Scottish economy.  Scotland’s coasts and seas play a key part in their history, landscape, recreation, and culture.  Marine renewables are also fast developing technologies that encompass the harnessing of the power of waves and tides and offshore winds.

The Highlands are often shown as a romantic, mystic place.  This isn’t strange at all when you take into account the unspoilt nature, deep blue lochs, rugged mountains and empty glens where Red Deer rule the hills and Eagles rule the ever-changing, mystical skies.

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