Highlands


The Highlands refers to that part of Scotland north-west of the Highland Boundary Faul with capital in Inverness. The Scottish Gaelic name of A' Ghàidhealtachd literally means "the place of the Gaels" and traditionally, from a Gaelic-speaking point of view, includes the Western Isles and the Highlands. A wider definition of the Highlands is that used by the Scotch Whisky industry.


The Highlands contains the most mountainous terrain in Great Britain, including the highest peak, Ben Nevis. The region is largely composed of ancient rocks from the Cambrian and Precambrian periods which were uplifted during the later Caledonian Orogeny. The entire region was covered by ice sheets during the Pleistocene ice ages. The complex geomorphology includes incised valleys and lochs carved by the action of mountain streams and ice, and a topography of mountain ranges, irregularly distributed mountains whose summits have similar heights above sea-level. The weather changes very rapidly. One moment you see the hills and mountains, the next they are gone.


The Highlands have a mystical touch and are often portrayed as a romantic part of Scotland. The castles are often chosen as wedding venue due to their romantic nature. This is not at all strange given the stunning nature with rugged mountains, deep blue lochs and empty glens. The area is one of the most sparsely populated in Europe.



Comments

  1. Wonderful pictures of a fascinating area. When you put the history together with the landscape, it's a poignant story! Love the second picture showing the Old Man of Storr. We hiked up to itwhen we visited.

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  2. You showed us the beauty of nature in Scotland. That first shot is like out of a fairy tale. Love the dusting of snow on the mountain tops. Thank you for linking in with "Through My Lens"

    Mersad
    Mersad Donko Photography

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  3. This post is the perfect combination of beauty and knowledge. I love how fresh colours in your pictures are - especially in the first picture shared.

    Sharing snapshots at Captured By Jade

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  4. Your photographs are beautiful and really capture the famed qualities you write about in the text.

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  5. Lovely collection of landscapes. The views are beautiful! Happy Monday, enjoy your new week ahead!

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  6. oh my such gorgeous vistas

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  7. Oh man Scotland is our one regret. We were not able to make it there before we moved back to the US. But we will visit someday. These shots are beautiful, you captured the Highlands wonderfully.

    Lisa at Life Thru the Lens (www.lisakerner-slp.com)

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  8. These are some wonderful scenes! I love the snow-topped mountains and the beautiful green of the grass.

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  9. Your pictures are stunning and I love to come back and enjoy some more .
    Lieben Gruss, Patricia

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  10. Beautiful scenes - what a lovely, lush landscape.
    Thank you for sharing at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2016/02/every-10-minutes-someone-in-us-dies-of.html

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  11. Beautiful photos. We were really lucky when we visited the Highlands, we had fabulous blue skies and perfect weather.

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  12. Gorgeous!
    http://travelingbugwiththreeboys-kelleyn.blogspot.com/2016/02/the-w-family.html

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  13. So beautiful and so wild. I have to put this on my to-visit list.

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  14. wow!!! all of them are such a lovely (or probably like a heaven) place. Perfect capture. Keep them coming.

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  15. Lovely collection of landscapes. Thanks for sharing.

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  16. The landscape is so green, I can smell fast fresh water, grass, cold fresh air through your photos. Thank you for wonderful feelings.

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  17. Outstanding set of images. You have put your camera in front of some beautiful countryside. Thanks for sharing with us and have a blessed Wordless Wednesday.

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  18. I really enjoyed the cyber tour of this beautiful countryside.
    JM, Illinois-U.S.A.

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  19. What a tidy cairn in your last image. Or is it a little hut?

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    1. That is a shieling - a small hut made from stones.

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  20. Your captures is the reason why I love living in the mountains (3000 feet), because the clouds are an ever present feature to photograph! Stunning captures! Have a great weekend.

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  21. Don't know if my comment got through...your captures are what I love about living in the mountains (3000 feet). The sky is an ever present inspiration - changing every hour of the day!Stunning captures:) Have a wonderful weekend.

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  22. Such magical highland landscapes. Love the greens. But the winning scene for me is the first one with those clouds so full of character.

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  23. All magnificent photos ~ the essence of the place oozes from these photos ~ gorgeous! Love the sheep!

    Happy Weekend to you ~ ^_^

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  24. This are gorgeous captures. There is no where on earth like Scotland. No wonder you all love your country so. The last one is my favorite, but to save my soul I cannot remember what there stone huts are called. Could you tell me. And by whom they were built.

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    1. These stone huts are called shieling, also sheiling, sheeling, and shealing

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  25. Great shots! I feel the tranquility

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  26. We will go to Scotland for the first time soon house sitting for a few weeks. Your pictures make us curious.

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  27. Piękne zdjęcia! Wydaje mi się że to drugie robione było na Skye. Szkocja jest wspaniała.
    Pozdrawiam
    j.

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  28. Terry, gorgeous shots! I live in East Tennessee here in the states. Across the Great Smoky Mountains is a small community called Highlands. It was named by the settlers after their native home across the Atlantic. It's a lovely little spot, I can see a bit of the comparison of why the original pioneers decided on giving their new home a familiar name. Thanks for sharing such stunning images with everyone joining the SWF hop.

    Your friend,
    Curious as a Cathy

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  29. lovely captures...stunning!

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  30. wonderful wonderful photo's, they remind me at once of my most favourite movie. Lovely post!!

    Have a nice ABC-Wednes-day / – week
    ♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫ (abc-w-team)

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  31. Scenes look like a set from the Outlanders, my favorite show. Glorious.
    Ann

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  32. rugged but beautiful

    ROG, ABCW

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  33. Such a beautiful area.
    Your photos are top rate and gorgeous!

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