The Scottish Highlands region is unquestionably the
most dramatic mountain scenery to be found within
the British Isles. Stereotypical views of lochs, ancient
woodlands and mountains abound and whilst the
famous locations such as Rannoch Moor, Loch Ness
and Eilean Donan Castle are obvious tourist
hotspots, the lesser known glens and lochs are
Covering approximately half of the Scottish mainland,
the Highlands stretch from the shores of Loch
Lomond to Sutherland in the far north. The highest
British peak, Ben Nevis, stands aloft the Great Glen,
which runs from Loch Linnhe on the west coast to
the Highland capital city of Inverness on the east.
Near here, the Cairngorm National Park is home to
the second and third highest peaks and can lay claim
to being the largest area of upland sub-arctic wilderness
within the United Kingdom.
However it is not just the natural features of the
Highlands that dominate the vista. Past and present
human occupiers have left their mark on the landscape
with numerous castles, villages and towns
situated in some of the most remarkable of natural
locations. Although human intervention has not just
been limited to constructing dwellings and forts,
with vast tracts of the once great Caledonian Forest
being destroyed by mankind, it could be argued that
it is the combination of natural features and human
influence that has helped to create the unquestionably
Scottish landscape that we all now know and
love so much.
In more than 60 glorious images Jason Friend
shares not only some of his favourite locations
within the Highlands, but also some of the majestic
natural scenes that he has been lucky enough to
witness through his quest to capture the true Spirit
of the Highlands.
Jason Friend lives in the North East of
England. He is a regular contributor to
Outdoor Photography and Country
Walking Magazine and supplies images
to a number of worldwide image
libraries. Jason’s previous titles include
Portrait of the Borders, Portrait of
Tyneside, Spirit of Cumbria, Spirit of
Edinburgh and Edinburgh Illuminated
also for Halsgrove.
Imprint: PiXZ Books. ISBN 978 0 85710 016 0, hardback, 110x155mm, 64 pages. Published June 2010.