My prints of Assynt Coigach and Sutherland feature images of the many mountains of one of the most sparsely populated areas in the Highlands lying north of Ullapool on the west coast of Scotland. Coigach and Assynt are neighbouring areas that are reknown for their wild landscapes and remarkable monolithic mountains. This has led to the area being designated as the Assynt-Coigach National Scenic Area.
The western part of Assynt has many distinctively shaped mountains that rise steeply from the surrounding lochan-studded moorland. These can often appear higher than their actual height would indicate due to their steep sides and the contrast with the moorland from which they rise.
Many of the most distinctive peaks such as Suilven were formed during the last Ice Age, when they were left exposed above the ice sheet. They now remain as isolated outposts of highly eroded Torridonian sandstone sitting on a bedrock of much older Lewisian gneiss.
Sutherland has some of the most dramatic scenery in the whole of Europe, especially on its western fringe where the mountains meet the sea. These include high sea cliffs, stacks and ragged inlets on the west and sandy unspoilt beaches in the north. The mountains here are composed of Cambrian and Precambrian rocks.
The inland landscape is rugged and very sparsely populated. Despite being Scotland’s fifth-largest county in terms of area, it has a smaller population than a medium-size Lowland Scottish town. It stretches from the Atlantic in the west, up to the Pentland Firth and across to the North Sea in the east. The east coast contains the sea lochs of Loch Fleet and the Dornoch Firth. The remote far northwest point of Sutherland is Cape Wrath, the most northwesterly point in Scotland.
My current collection of prints of Assynt Coigach and Sutherland includes the most notable peaks of Stac Pollaidh, Quinag, Canisp, Suilven, Ben Stack, Arkle, Foinaven and Ben More Assynt,