What, you may ask, has Highland Heritage got to do with wind and landscape? First of all, It is part of my Scottish culture which is greatly influenced by the Nature of the highland landscapes of my home turf in the famous Glen Arklet in the Trossachs (You may know it as Rob Roy country Ma'am) which has long been one of Europe’s most celebrated landscapes in literature, art and history. For example, here are some of "Greats" who used the Trossachs a the setting for their famous and occassionally infamous works. Best known are:-
Rob Roy MacGregor, Sir Walter Scott, Ruskin, John Manley Hopkins, Sir Walter Scott, William Wordsworth, Queen Victoria, Tobias Smollet, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Alexander Naysmyth, Alfred Breanski, John Ruskin, Jules Verne, Maj., Gen. James Wolfe, Dr. Archibald Cameron etc., etc. Not bad innings for a typical, sparsely-populated highland landscape. My Rob Roy carving using Glen Arklet as the landscape setting is an example of my own small cultural contribution to the heritage of this magnificent landscape. But my culture also includes such pastimes as woodcarving and illustrating my own botanical publications for example.
When I turned 60 years old, I started learning to play a vintage set Great Highland Bagpipe (R.G. LAwrie c1915) - the ultimate instrument for majestic landscapes. For in-doors, I have an exquisite set the Scottish Small Pipes (made of Lignum vitea by Hamish Moore of Dunkeld). Icelandic mountains are my favorite venue for playing the Great Highland bagpipes - mainly because they sound so Heavenly in the crisp, and usually calm clear airclear air.