Wester Ross Biosphere Reserve Application. [32] However the act did not break up large estates, and Wester Ross continues to consist chiefly of large single-owner estates. This page provides an overview of the statuses of the Houses in Westeros, both at the start of A Game of Thrones (uncollapsed box), and at the end of the most recent book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series (currently A Dance with Dragons, collapsed box). The area is loosely defined, and has never been used as a formal administrative region in its own right, but is generally regarded as lying to the west of the main watershed of Ross (the eastern part of Ross being Easter Ross), thus forming the western half of the county of Ross and Cromarty. The latter was formed during the Precambrian period, and is the oldest rock type found in Scotland;[15] indeed the rocks around Gruinard Bay are, at 2.5 billion years old, amongst the oldest rocks in the world. Wester Ross Biosphere Reserve Application. [72], Wester Ross is featured in the lyrics to the song Letter from America by The Proclaimers, and Kishorn Commandos by North Sea Gas, which relate the wild lifestyle of construction workers on the Ninian Central Platform in Kishorn. This was the second phase of the reintroduction of white-tailed eagles into Scotland, following on from the release of 82 birds on Rùm between 1975 and 1985. At this point emigration was often the only option to those removed from their homes. [18], Most of the major roads in the area radiate out from the more populated areas of Easter Ross, and link the settlements on the western coast to Inverness. [citation needed]. [48], In 2014 59,900 hectares (599 km2) of coastal waters in the northern part of Wester Ross (from Rubha Rèidh to Coigach) was declared a Nature Conservation Marine Protected Area (NCMPA).[49]. Wester Ross Biosphere Reserve Application. [40], There are areas of Caledonian pinewood at Shieldaig, Coulin, Torridon, Beinn Eighe, Rhidorroch, Achnashellach and the islands on Loch Maree. The continent of Westeros is long and relatively narrow, extending from Dorne in the south to the lands beyond the Wall. Nature Conservation Marine Protected Area, "Visit Wester Ross - Tourism Development Strategy Update & Refresh", "Why Wester Ross? Wester Ross is the location for the adventures of John Macnab in the book by John Buchan. Westeros isn't strictly an analogue for Britain and the fact that it isn't makes the series more interesting. [7] The Torridonian sandstone was formed by the deposition of sediment on top of the gneiss around 750 million years ago. Read all about HBO's Game of Thrones, learn more about the books from our resource collections and play the MUSH. Visit Wester Ross would like to take this opportunity to remind visitors that accommodation will be limited just now, due to some places deciding to stay closed while others will perhaps be operating at greatly reduced capacity. The Story Behind the Images - Wester Ross. Gairloch 20 miles. [4], Wester Ross has one of the lowest population densities in Europe, with just 1.6 people per km2. [46], Wester Ross was designated as a Biosphere Reserve in April 2016. [33], There are many different habitats in Wester Ross, ranging from the marine and coastal environment to mountain summits over 1000 m above sea level. [35][36] There are also beaches and sand dunes: the dunes at Achnahaird in particular support three plant species (petalworts, dune slack mosses matted bryum and sea bryum) that occur nowhere else in Scotland. Watching the fractured map of Westeros in the opening credits, I wonder, “Who is going to die tonight?” Since our trip to Scotland I’d been anticipating savoring that sip of scotch when Game of Thrones began its next-to-last season. With magnificent mountain ranges and some of the most remote and unspoilt land in the UK, Wester Ross in the Highlands has breathtaking and spectacular views and landscapes which can be appreciated by vehicle or foot. [1] It extends from Loch Kishorn in the south to Little Loch Broom in the north. Check it out! Genuine Scottish hospitality. National Trust for Scotland 2018 Guide. Saint91 21:35, 12 June 2012 (UTC) Ib Or is it just a massive coincidence? p. 59. This trade expanded during the early 19th century, due to the demands of the new industrial cities and the British armed forces for cattle for beef.[30]. p. 37. Moorland habitats, which are rare globally, are quite common in Wester Ross. The area was heavily glaciated during the ice age, with all but the highest peaks being covered by glaciers, leading to the steep-sided glens and deep sea lochs that characterise the area today. Sgùrr nan Clach Geala is situated 2 miles northwest of Wester Ross. For the fictional continent in. Wester Ross Biosphere Reserve Application. [12] Scenic spots including Loch Maree, Inverewe Garden, Corrieshalloch Gorge, Glen Docherty and the Bealach na Bà. The National Trust for Scotland, a charity that cares for sites of historic or natural significance, owns seven properties in Wester Ross: The population of Wester Ross[note 1] was 8701 according to the 2011 census of Scotland,[59] showing a slight increase compared to 8491 in 1991. The Wester Ross UNESCO Biosphere was designated in 2016, and extension of the original biosphere reserve, comprising Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve (NNR). p. 88. They have steep terraced sides, and broken summit crests, riven into many pinnacles. Ports hold the most population and power (White Harbor= St. Petersburg). Discuss the series on the forums and browse the fan-edited wiki. Bordered on one side by the oakwoods of Letterewe Estate and the mountain mass of Slioch, and on the other side by pinewoods of Beinn Eighe Nature Reserve, Loch Maree is regarded as one of the most scenically attractive areas of Scotland. [39] Freshwater pearl mussels live in the gravel beds of clean, fast flowing rivers: the population had declined across Europe as a result of pollution, habitat changes and pearl fishing, and the Wester Ross population is now of international importance. Crofters were employed in enterprises such as fishing (Ullapool in the north of Wester Ross was built by the British Fishing Society in the 1780-90s) and kelping (the collection and processing of kelp to create products such as soda ash). The area is loosely defined, and has never been used as a formal administrative region in its own right,[2] but is generally regarded as lying to the west of the main watershed of Ross (the eastern part of Ross being Easter Ross), thus forming the western half of the county of Ross and Cromarty. [76] The 2014 film What We Did on Our Holiday starring David Tennant, Rosamund Pike, and Billy Connolly, was filmed in Wester Ross and featured the Salmon Beach and Redpoint. The southwesternmost part of Ross and Cromarty, Lochalsh, is not considered part of Wester Ross by the local tourist organisation, Visit Wester Ross,[3] but is included within the definition used for the Wester Ross Biosphere Reserve. p. 38. [70] Each constituency elects one Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) by the plurality (first past the post) method of election; a further seven additional members are elected from the Highlands and Islands electoral region (in addition to the eight constituency MSPs), to produce a form of proportional representation for the region as a whole. [13] The designated area is subdivided into three zones:[47], Approximately 20 % of Wester Ross is legally protected via the Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) designation. Administrative and political boundaries have been changed a number of times. George said he was inspired to name it Westeros when he visited a place in Scotland named Wester Ross. As of 2014, it was estimated that there were 98 breeding pairs living along the west coast of Scotland. [35] There is relatively little machair in Wester Ross compared to other parts of western Scotland. [73][74] Many other songs refer to or are named after areas, geographical features and villages of Wester Ross, notably Loch Maree Islands, which has been recorded by many artists including Calum Kennedy.[75]. Major outdoor scenes in the films Stardust and The Eagle (based on Rosemary Sutcliff's book The Eagle of the Ninth) were shot in Wester Ross. We've got Wester Ross. Despite Wester Ross being rather remote, it can be easily be reached by both road and public transport. [7] Although many peaks in the Northwest highlands exhibit Torridonian geology, the Torridon Hills are generally considered only to be those in the Torridon Forest to the north of Glen Torridon: the Munros of Liathach, Beinn Eighe, and Beinn Alligin; and the Corbetts of Beinn Dearg, Baosbheinn and Beinn an Eoin. [35], Whales, dolphins, porpoises and seals area frequently seen in the outer lochs and open waters, whilst the more sheltered sea lochs contain rocky reefs, maerl beds and deep mud banks. 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