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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

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January 26 2019, 2:00PM

Eastgate Theatre, Peebles Film Festival, EH45 8AD Details here ›

February 17 2019, 6:00PM

Pitlochry Festival Theatre, Pitlochry, PH16 5DR Details here ›

February 22 2019, 6:30PM

Main Theatre, Fort William Mountain Festival, Fort William Details here ›

March 11 2019, 7:30PM

The Highland Council Chamber, Inverness, IV3 5NX Details here ›

March 12 2019, 7:30PM

Salutation Hotel, Perth, PH2 8PH Details here ›

March 13 2019, 7:30PM

Logie Lecture Theatre, Stirling, FK9 4LA Details here ›