This evening, my post focuses on Rannoch Moor a wild, desolate and mainly uninhabited stretch of terrain on the West of Scotland close to Glencoe and the West Highland Way.

The journey I took from Crianlarich to Fort William provides a good cross section of  the landforms of the south western Grampians. Deep but wide valleys surrounded by smooth hill slopes rising to summit ridges about 3000 feet. North of Loch Tulla on the A82 the landforms suddenly change, from deep, wide valleys and smooth hills to the bleak  plateau of Rannoch Moor which lies at an altitude of about 1200 feet.

Rannoch Moor has a foundation of granite which has been shaped by successive glaciations to produce an irregular surface comprising small and irregular lakes separated by small accretions of glacial debris. This was the location where the last ice sheet to cover Scotland commenced life about 25,000 years ago and also the spot where the ice finally melted some 10,000 years ago.

The following video clip provides a flavour for the rugged scenery of Rannoch Moor.

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