Scotland – Landscapes and Wildlife
Michael Scott's travels around Scotland, working as a writer and broadcaster, offer plenty of opportunities to take photographs of dramatic wild Scottish landscapes, and of some of the wildlife that lives in these landscapes. The gallery below shows just a small selection.
Michael's collection is expanding all the time, as he replaces transparency shots with digital images. Please contact him if there is something in particular you are looking for.
Note that this website only allows us to display extremely low resolution images; all the photographs displayed are available either as 35mm transparencies or as high-quality digital images with a minimum size of 2GB.
All images copyright Michael Scott
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KYLE OF TONGUE
On a still August morning, you would be hard pressed to find anywhere more tranquil and idyllic than the Kyle of Tongue in Sutherland.
GAIRLOCH, WESTER ROSS
Another view of the Scottish Highlands at their dramatic best. Living in the area allows Michael to take advantage of the weather when it is at its best!
This is Michael's best-selling photograph. It was taken from a ferry off the Isle of Eigg in 1985, and has appeared in many publications since then.
Michael actually prefers this more recent photograph, capturing a dolphin underwater and about to leap, taken in the Irish Sea south of Kintyre.
COIRE-AN-LOCHAN, CAIRN GORM
Scotland's mountains and their flowers are one of Michael's particular interests (see next gallery). Botanising takes him into some impressive landscapes, as here high above the Northern Corries of Cairn Gorm in Inverness-shire.
GANNET AND CHICK
Michael has visited and photographed many of the key wildlife sites in Scotland, both for publications and during broadcasting assignments. This gannet and its chick were photographed on the Bass Rock in the Firth of Forth.
SOUTH UIST LANDSCAPE
Many of the finest landscapes in Scotland are working landscape, maintained by the activities of humans. In South Uist, like the other Western Isles, the low-intensity agricultural system of crofting is essential to maintain landscapes like this.
RUINED COTTAGE, SUTHERLAND
Even in the Scottish Highlands, where the economy is flourishing once more, people are tending increasingly to congregate in larger communities. Remote cottages like this one near Gobernuisgach in Sutherland are surplus to modern requirements and lie abandoned.
Natterjack toads only just qualify as Scottish wildlife, being found only in the south-west. Michael photographed this one near Dumfries while recording a radio programme.
OLD CALEDONIAN PINEWOOD
Native woods of Scots pine trees are making a comeback in the Highlands, thanks to more enlightened management. Michael has been following the return of the Old Caledonian Pinewoods, like this one near Achnashellach in Wester Ross, for many years.
The far north of Scotland, and the islands of the north and west, are particular interests of Michael. Strathy Point in Sutherland is one favourite spot, both for its scenery and for the plants that flower on the clifftop.
GREY SEAL AND PUP
The Atlantic or grey seal is very much a Scottish speciality, with around 94% of the world population breeding on rocky islands and coasts around Scotland. These two are on an islet off Oransay in Argyll.
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