Scottish land use from the air

Aerial photography by Richard Cross


Outer Hebrides


Luskentyre , Isle of Harris

Machair is a Gaelic word meaning “fertile plain”. Found in the far north west it makes for good grazing for crofters and is home for many rare plants.


Outer Hebrides

Mainland Scotland has 6,160 miles (9,910 km) of coastline. Including the many islands, this increases to 10,250 miles (16,500 km).


Dun Bhuirgh, Isle of Lewis

Brochs are circular stone structures dating back to the iron age. For a long time they were considered to be defensive but recent studies suggest they were dwellings and a statement of prestige.


Galson, Isle of Lewis

Teampall nan Crò Naomh (Church of the Holy Blood) is a ruined 13th century chapel and a reminder of the relationship between religion and the landscape.

Lazy Beds

Huisinis, Isle of Harris

Lazy beds (Gaelic feannagan) are a method of cultivation introduced by the Vikings, their traces can be seen throughout the Highlands and islands.

Green Island

Loch Harmasig, Isle of Harris

Islands provide plants, shrubs and trees with protection from grazing and hint at what Scotland could look like with control on deer and sheep numbers.