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UK fine art landscape prints by David Ross

Wester Ross, Scotland

Fine art landscape prints

Wonderful, wonderful Wester Ross. It doesn’t get nearly the attention it deserves. One fellow I know complained to me that tourists turn left for Skye before they ever get to Wester Ross. Maybe if they see how beautiful the area is in this image gallery they’ll keep heading north – those that do will be rewarded with magnificent Scottish scenery. I love the area. There’s also a special sub-gallery of Wester Ross images taken around Loch Torridon.

ABOUT WESTER ROSS

With a family name like Ross you’d think I would have headed straight for northern Scotland when my family moved to the UK from Canada. Not a bit of it; it took me 7 years of living in Britain before I turned my attention to Wester Ross, part of the old county of Ross and Cromarty. Why, oh, why, did I wait?

What I discovered when I finally spent time in the north west of Scotland was an area of simply outstanding natural beauty, a region of stunning coastal scenery, mountains and lochs, amazing sunsets, and magnificent natural beauty. I’ve mentioned the Torridon region, but of course there’s a lot more to see. One of the most photogenic parts of Wester Ross is the fantastic Bealach na Ba, or Pass of the Cattle. This twisting, winding mountain road has been described as the closest thing in Britain to an Alpine mountain pass, and I think the description is apt.

From Russel on the shore of Loch Kishorn, the road twists and turns like a snake, up under the picturesque heights of Meall Gorm, to a narrow plateau offering views towards Plockton and further to the Isle of Skye. Then the pass winds down through a series of switchbacks until it reaches Applecross, one of the most picturesque areas of Scotland. The Pass of the Cattle is often closed i winter, and to make your way from Applecross you have to follow the long coastal road to Shieldaig. This road offers one of the most stunning views in Britain, looking across Loch Torridon towards the peaks of Beinn Alligin and Liathach.

That’s in the south of Wester Ross; what about the north? Ah, here the landscape is an amazing mix of mountain and loch, with the semi-tropical gardens at Inverewe probably the most popular attraction for visitors. But in truth the real attraction is the landscape. At the head of Loch Broom is Corrieshalloch Gorge, where a metal walkway allows you to step gingerly out over a stunning gorge, where a waterfall plunges down a precipitous drop. Perhaps my favouite area is the coast neat Laide and Gruinard Bay, where you get arvellous views north towards Sutherland, or near Elphin, for the same reason.