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“The images were sublime - I expected that. I didn’t expect to go away with so many questions buzzing in my head. Superb.”

It wasn’t so long ago that vibrant, wild forest stretched across much of Scotland. Beavers and cranes were at home in extensive wetlands. Salmon and trout filled the rivers. Lynx, wolf and wild boar stalked wooded glades. Eagles and hawks soared undisturbed. Today, although it’s easy to be seduced by the raw beauty of the landscape, Scotland has become one of the most ecologically depleted nations on Earth. Our large carnivores have gone. Our soils are impoverished and across millions of acres, a bare, degraded landscape supports very little life.

It doesn’t have to be this way. A bold vision for the future is slowly emerging where native woodlands regenerate at a landscape scale; where damaged peatlands are restored; where rivers run freely and where oceans are full of life. 

This is the vision of a wilder Scotland – a place where nature works, where wildlife flourishes and crucially, where people prosper. 

Some of Scotland’s top photographers and camera operators have spent years capturing the beauty of the country’s landscape and its wild inhabitants. In this show, photographer Peter Cairns showcases their stunning imagery, but also poses an intriguing question: What should Scotland look like?

Forthcoming events

September 30 2018, 2:00PM

Universal Hall, Findhorn, Moray. Tickets available soon.

October 26 2018, 7:30PM

Scottish Ornithologist's Club, MacDonald Resort, Aviemore. Tickets available soon.

November 16 2018, 7:30PM

Kincraig Community Hall, Kingussie. Tickets available soon.

November 22 2018, 7:30PM

Highland Bookshop, Fort William. Tickets available soon.

November 24 2018, 7:30PM

Royal College of Physicians, Queen St, Edinburgh. Tickets available soon.

December 03 2018, 7:15PM

Dundee Photographic Society, Meadowside St Paul's Halls, Marketgait, Dundee Details here ›