Scotland’s Landscapes

The National Collection of Aerial Photography

by James Crawford

Scotland’s Landscapes


The compact paperback edition of the best-selling aerial photography book of Scotland.
As the glaciers of the last Ice Age receded, humans ventured into the far north, exploring a wild, fertile territory. Nomadic hunter-gatherers at first, they made the decision to stay for good – to farm and to build.
The landscapes they lived on were remarkable in their diversity. Vast forests of pine and birch ran through one of the world’s oldest mountain ranges – once as high as the Himalayas but over millennia scoured and compressed by sheets of ice a mile thick. On hundreds of islands around a saw-edged coastline, communities flourished, linked to each other and the wider world by the sea, the transport superhighway of ancient times. It was a place of challenges and opportunity. A place we know today as Scotland.
Over the past 10,000 years, every inch of Scotland – whether remote hilltop, fertile flood-plain or storm-lashed coastline  has been shaped, changed and moulded by its people. Scotland’s Landscapes tells the enduring story of this interaction between man and his environment. Stunning imagery from the National Collection of Aerial Photography comes together to build up a picture of a dramatic terrain forged by thousands of years of incredible change. These are Scotland’s landscapes as you have never seen or understood them before.

ISBN: 9781902419893

Publication date: 06/05/2014

Format: PB

Extent: 224

Publisher: Historic Environment Scotland

Categories: Historic Environment Scotland , Scottish Maps and Guides