The Highlands – Raw Natural Beauty

by johnandterri


I have fallen in love with the raw natural beauty of the Highlands of Scotland. They are like nothing I have ever seen or experienced. I used the word “raw beauty” as it is the first words that come to my mind when I try and explain these most interesting landscapes.

I have attempted to try and capture their beauty in the photographs and videos I have taken but I am afraid that it is not going to do justice. I am on a Road Scholar tour, and as such I am limited in my opportunities to explore and really capture some of the beauty of the Highlands.

I did get some opportunity and whenever I did no matter what the weather conditions (and there was some very harsh weather) I went out and stomped through the landscapes. Wow, I have never walked in such difficult and tough conditions! We are in still in summer and the land is so wet and soft and filled with soaking vegetation it is hard to walk any distance. How did people get around? These Highlanders of Scotland were one very hardy bunch, that is for sure!

What struck me when I thought how they made it in this land, was how close they must have been as a community or clan. There is no way you survived on your own! They had figured out way of living in this “land you just survive” and made it their own and they loved it. It was their own.

I no longer wonder why the Romans gave up and never conquered the Highlands. It was too hard to do and there was no value they could see they could take from these lands!

What an amazing place this Scotland Highlands are! I love them the fact they have not been changed. They are eternal landscapes, raw beauty!

We have “developed” far too many wonderful places in this world in the name of progress. Long live the Scotland Highlands!




The image at the top of this blog was taken from a train going through the Rannoch Moor in the Highlands. The home you see is a Highland home that was destroyed by taking out the rafters by the British when they conquered the Highlanders and cleared them out of the lands. They would not sell them the wood to restore the home either. Many of the Highlanders were “cleared from their lands” in this way.