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Wester Ross

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Wester Ross is a loosely-defined area in the North West Highlands of Scotland and a part of Ross and Cromarty. It contains a number of villages on its west coast, including: Lochcarron, Applecross, Shieldaig, Torridon, Kinlochewe (inland), Gairloch, Poolewe, Aultbea, Laide, Ullapool, Achiltibuie.

Wester Ross is geographically regarded as the western watershed of Ross-shire, but administrative and political boundaries diverge from this and have been subject to several changes and inconsistencies.

Wester Ross is a popular scenic tourism destination, although the level of this has declined considerably since the 1970s. Tourism still forms a major part of the economic activity of the area, particularly with the dramatic declines in fishing over the same period.

Wester Ross is home to a number of scenic spots including Loch Maree, Inverewe Garden, Corrieshalloch Gorge, Glen Docherty and Bealach na Ba. The area is well known for its spectacular mountain scenery, especially the Torridon Hills which includes such peaks as Beinn Eighe and Liathach. Although many peaks in the North-west highlands exhibit Torridon geology, the Torridon hills are generally considered only to be those in the Torridon Forest to the north of Glen Torridon. Specifically, these are: Liathach, Beinn Eighe, Beinn Alligin, Beinn Dearg Hills between Glen Torridon and Strath Carron share much of the splendour and character of the main hills, although perhaps less of the drama: Beinn Liath Mhòr, Sgorr Ruadh, Maol Cheann-dearg, Beinn Damh, An Ruadh-stac, Fuar Tholl

The Torridon Hills exhibit some of the most dramatic mountain scenery in the British Isles, surpassed in grandeur probably only by the Cuillins of Skye. Other notable peaks include An Teallach and Slioch. The landscape is dominated by the Torridonian sandstone, a Precambrian and very old rock formation. Each of the Torridon Hills sits very much apart from each other, and they are often likened to castles. They have steep terraced sides, and broken summit crests, riven into many pinnacles. There are many steep gullies running down the terraced sides. The summit ridges provide excellent scrambling, and are popular with hill walkers and mountaineers.            (Wikipedia)



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