Lane travels through the Scottish Highlands along the Road to the Isles
We recently travelled from Fort William to Mallaig along the Road to the Isles in the Scottish Highlands, a 45 mile single carriageway that leads straight to the coast and the islands beyond.
Every week we will be putting up a blog post about each part of the beautiful journey and inspiration along the way.
The geology of Scotland is unusually varied for a country of its size, with a large number of different geological features. It’s for these reasons that the coastline is a rainbow of stunning and inspiring colourways.
The Scottish Highlands and surrounding islands that we visited are mainly comprised of ancient rocks. There are beds of fossils in old red sandstone which are found along the Moray Firth coast where we took some of these pictures. Some of these rocks are 400 million years old. Over the many many years, they have been heated and compressed deep beneath the Earth’s surface producing a beautiful spectrum of colours.
There is a lot of red Torridonian sandstones in thick layers, which form some of the more spectacular mountain landscapes. They were laid down on gneiss (a rock that forms in striped bands) by ancient river systems over 1000 million years ago.
Scotland's geodiversity illustrates a fascinating story of how continents, volcanoes, glaciers and changing climates have shaped the landscape and scenery.
These colour ways are right up our street.
Maritime lichen moss found near the shore on rocks and walls; chalk white rock with charcoal grey; pale tea green moss; charcoal grey and rust.
Combined, they look like a pattern we might well design!
Nautical colour ways of pastel fishing boats - coral pinks and fishing rope blue.