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Scottish Highlands and Islands, United Kingdom – May 22nd, 2009

57.8N 4.9W

May 22nd, 2009 Category: Image of the day

Scottish Highlands - May 11th, 2009

Scottish Highlands - May 11th, 2009

The Highlands and IslandsĀ  of Scotland lie to the north and west of the Highland Boundary Fault, which runs from Arran to Stonehaven.

The Highlands are generally mountainous and the highest elevations in the British Isles are found here.

This part of Scotland largely comprises ancient rocks from the Cambrian and Precambrian, interspersed with igneous intrusions of a more recent age, the remnants of which have formed mountain massifs such as the Cairngorms and Skye Cuillins.

There are numerous bodies of freshwater including Loch Lomond and Loch Ness (just above the center, along the line of the Great Glen).

Some parts of the coastline consist of machair, a low lying dune pasture land.

Scotland also has over 790 islands, divided into four main groups: Shetland, Orkney, and the Inner Hebrides and Outer Hebrides (center to upper left).

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