Scotland - Wester Ross

The Story Behind the Images - Wester Ross

Definitely not to be confused with 'Westeros' from the Game of Thrones books and TV series, Wester Ross is, well, the western half of Ross and Cromarty in the Scottish Highlands.

This huge area takes in some of the Highlands most beautiful scenic areas, but it remains relatively unknown and a quiet refuge from tourists.

Probably my favourite area is the incredible Pass of the Cattle, the closest thing in Scotland to an Alpine mountain pass, once used by drovers taking their cattle to market from the Applecross Peninsula.

The scenery along the Pass is simply stunning, with waterfalls looking up to high peaks. And on the far side of the Pass, you drop down to Applecross Bay, where the red sand makes amazing patterns in the shallow water.

Loch Maree, south of Gairloch, made the shortlist for the Best View in Britain. As you travel down the loch you have wonderful views to Slioch on the far bank. From Loch Maree, you can access the Beinn Eighe Nature Reserve, where a short but stiff climb brings you into an otherworldly area of small lochs and moorland with amazing views.

On the shore of Loch Ewe in Inverewe Garden, a remarkable semi-tropical garden sheltered in its own little micro-climate. From Poolewe you can take a gorgeous circular walk around Kernseray Loch.

Favourite Places to Photograph Wester Ross

  • Loch Ewe and Inverewe Gardens
  • Beinn Eighe Nature Reserve
  • Pass of the Cattle
  • Loch Maree

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