Moidart and the surrounding areas of Ardnamurchan, Morar and Arisaig are often described as exposed, hilly regions of jagged peaks, interlocking spurs and rugged peninsulas, punctuated by precipitous, scree-clad mountains, and intersected by deep, freshwater and fjord-like seawater lochs, and innumerable fast flowing rivers and streams. The Rough Bounds is often described as the 'Highlander's highland' and for ‘bold and romantic scenery nothing can surpass them’1 . However, this wild dramatic landscape is just one facet of a much more varied environment, shaped by geology, history and cultural practices, and supporting a myriad of habitat types.
The cultural and historical landscape reflects the long and spirited interaction of the Highlander with his environment. Moidart has been described as a place of long-held traditions, duty and loyalty to the Royalist cause1, and these social elements can be explored through the historical events of the region, where the environment has played a significant role in the fate and fortunes of the Highlanders.
Full details of the range of habitat types in Moidart, Ardnamurchan, Morar and Arisaig can be found on our wildlife page.
- MacDonald, C. 1989. Moidart or Among the Clanranalds. The Mercat Press
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