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UK fine art landscape prints by David Ross

Sutherland, Scotland Landscape Prints

Fine art┬álandscape prints – a love-letter to north west Scotland

Sutherland is one of Britain’s overlooked treasures, a region of stunning natural beauty. Much of north west Scotland is now part of the North West Highlands Geopark, a recognition of the geological importance of the area. But whether you are a geologist or not, you can’t help but be moved to awe by the natural wonder of Sutherland.

VISITING SUTHERLAND

To be honest, I didn’t really know what to expect when I first visited Sutherland. To be sure, I had done all the requisite research; I had my usual list of places I really, really wanted to photograph, and I had figured out where would be best at morning and where was best left until evening. But I had no idea if I’d be coming to a drab and dreary, isolated corner of beyond, or if I’d find the same wonderful Highland scenery I’d enjoyed so much in the Western Isles and places a little further south. I need not have wondered; what I found was an absolute delight. I love open spaces, and the rugged grandeur that the Highlands, especially the Hebridean west coast, seems to specialise in. I found Sutherland a mesmerising region of fantastic vistas, compelling mountain peaks, and exquisite mountain streams and watewrfalls. I adored photographing the area, and I can’t wait to get back again!

LOCATIONS

The photos in this gallery were taken over the course of 1 week in late September. I was based at Unapool, just south of Kylesku, a location I chose because of its proximity to Ardvreck Castle on Loch Assynt. I was keen to photograph the castle, as I’ve always been drawn to historic sites. I was fortunate to find a wonderful cottage at Unapool, on the shore of Loch Glencoul. The location was an unexpected bonus; I had not realised when I booked the cottage that it looked out onto one of the most beautiful and striking vistas in Sutherland! Over the course of the week I spent at Unapool I must have photographed the sunrise and sunset over Loch Glencoul at least 6 or 7 times. On several occasions I came home to the cottage after a long day photographing, expecting to collapse from fatigue, then I’d look out onto that view and find myself inspired to go down to the loch and photograph some more!

The location also allowed easy access to Quinag, one of the most striking peaks in the Assynt region. I must have photographed the dawn over Quinag 3 times in the week I spent there. But that’s the way it always is; no matter how much I prepare and research a location before I arrive, once I’m on the scene there is always at least one location that ‘sings’ to me, someplace unexpected that draws me to it again and again.