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Assynt & Quiraing

Do we really know what we are looking at?

Douglas Griffin

Douglas Griffin is Scottish photographer based in Insch in the North East with a love of the quiet light



Among hill-walkers and climbers there is a fairly keen appreciation of the correct names of Scotland’s mountain regions and the hills which lie within them. Having come to landscape photography from  such a background, I  have found  that the names used to describe some of our most photographed places are often at odds with long-standing place-name tradition. In this article I have highlighted a couple of examples of very well-photographed places where a lot of confusion seems to have arisen. I hope that this might encourage the practice of looking at the map and/or checking original sources rather than simply repeating place-names quoted by photographers who may not be all that familiar with the local geography.

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