Flicking through photos is a great way to reminisce about old adventures. But sometimes sounds can be an even more powerful way to bring back memories or take us somewhere totally new.
If you’ve been thinking of Scotland recently, then our Sounds of Scotland interactive will help bring our incredible landscapes to you. Click through to our interactive to hear some of the locations.
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The echoes from the forest
There is nothing more relaxing than experiencing the stillness of a forest. If you can’t be in a Scottish forest right this second, then why not start picturing the next time you will be?
At the Clyde Falls, near Lanark, the plunge of the powerful Corra Linn waterfall can be heard from all around. The water tumbles from a height of 26 m into a pool below.
Listen to sounds from the Clyde Falls on our Sounds of Scotland interactive.
Here are more of our favourite forest sounds. Discover:
The rustling of leaves and crunching of twigs within the Galloway Forest Park. You could spend hours here trying to distinguish the calls of various species of wildlife.
The soothing sounds of silence at Cademuir Forest, near Peebles in the Scottish Borders. It is famous for its glorious valley views and rolling hills.
The eerie whistle of the wind through the Caledonian Forest. The ancient pinewoods are a unique ecosystem and it’s easy to imagine the same sounds resonating through the forest thousands of years ago. You can see the remnants in Glen Falloch and Tyndrum in Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park.
The calls from the mountains
The sounds from the top of a hill are ever-changing, from swirling winds one minute to complete peace and quiet the next. Our mountains may look like strong silent types, but they are full of life. You’ll hear everything from bellowing stags to occasional frog noises filling the air!
Rannoch Moor is a remote, wild, unspoiled and beautiful place. One of the last remaining wildernesses in Scotland, many mindful moments can be spent listening to the murmurs of this isolated, age-old stretch of wild land.
Listen to sounds from the Rannoch Moor on the Sounds of Scotland interactive.
Here are more of our favourite mountain moments. Discover:
The daily birdsong from Speyside. You can keep up with all the wildlife happenings virtually with Speyside Wildlife’s Facebook page.
The songs of the wild things in the Southern Uplands. Plan a future trip with Wild Eskdale who offer a range of wildlife experiences through the hills, including a rare chance to see a golden eagle.
The ambience of a Scottish city. Edinburgh is built on seven hills, two of which are part of the Hermitage of Braid and Blackford Hill Nature Reserve. From the quiet hum of the city to a bubbling burn and nesting water birds, it can be hard to believe you’re in a capital city.
The soundwaves from the coasts
Just the sheer sound of waves can mentally transport you to the coast, so much so you can almost taste the salty sea air.
Kinnaird Head Castle Lighthouse on the Aberdeenshire coast is home to an array of fascinating seaside sounds. With the clanks and clangs of an 18th century lighthouse, the crashing waves of the North Sea and the flurry of seabirds, there’s never a dull moment here.
Listen to sounds from Kinnaird Castle on the Sounds of Scotland interactive.
Here are more of our favourite coastal sounds. Discover:
The cry of curlews from the Orkney. The islands just north of the Scottish Mainland are a key breeding site for these unusual birds and their distinctive vocals can be heard for miles around.
The natural acoustics from deep inside a cave. Fingal’s Cave is possibly Scotland’s most famous cave, made from basalt, and found on the west coast Isle of Staffa. The sounds inside the cave were admired by Walter Scott and thought to have inspired the Hebrides Overture by Mendelssohn.
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