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Rannoch Moor, Argyll and Bute

Rannoch Moor is a wild and rugged landscape covering approximately 130 square kilometres across Perth and Kinross, Lochaber, and Argyll and Bute. It consists of high mountains surrounded by boggy peaty moorland in the valleys beneath. This very wet landscape contains many species of animal and plant, such as stags, deer, grouse and eagles. The distinctive sloping valley basins were formed during the last ice age approximately 10,000 years ago. Glaciers filled the valleys and glens and as they moved down slope towards the sea, they eroded smooth sloping valley edges almost like the side of a bath tub. Also, after the ice retreated, the landscape began to rise up as the heavy ice was no longer pressing the earth’s crust downwards into the mantle, resulting in a process called “isostatic rebound”, which is still occurring to this day at a rate of 3mm per year.