Infinite Scotland

Infinite Scotland | Exploring Natural & Cultural Connections

How can you possibly show the biological and cultural diversity of an entire country, especially one as magnificently diverse as Scotland? When an ecologist has this problem they take a sample at random by throwing a quadrat – a small wooden square – and count the number of species in its boundaries. We’re doing the same with Infinite Scotland, although our metaphorical quadrat will be a few miles square rather than a few metres.

We’ve chosen six areas that highlight the five ecosytem types in Scotland (plus one bonus extra!) and taken a look at the wildlife, heritage, environment, and culture that makes it distinctive. So the plant-rich Insh Marshes near Kingussie sit alongside the great shinty player, Ronald Ross, who’s cheek by jowl with the capercaillie of the nearby Cairngorm, that overlook the birthplace of Macpherson, creator of the Gaelic Ossianic saga.