Landscapes around the Highlands and Islands.

Creating these 3D printed terrain models took quite a bit of research and a lot of head scrathing.

Search on Google for "3D printed terrain models" and you will find several sites which explain the workflow.

There are a number of map sources but I was flumoxxed by one source which I discovered would not produce maps north of 60deg North,

but only after numerous failed attempts to produce a map of Shetland.


These models look much better if you have them in hand so you can move them around to see the difference in altitude

when the light strikes them from different angles.


The Shetland Islands

The strange structure running north up the centre

of the mainland is, I understand, a continuation

of the Great Glen Fault which runs from

Fort William to Inverness.

Shetland is quite mountainous compared to Orkney

but you can see how the West Mainland is very low

and peppered with dozens of small lochs.

The Orkney Islands

This print shows Dunnet Head and Dunnet

Bay in the bottom left hand corner all the way to

North Ronaldsay in the top right.

Hoy is obviously more mountainous than the other islands.

Scapa Flow is protected By the Mainland in the north,

the Barrier islands to the east and Hoy and Flotta to the west and south.

The low nature of the islands to the north is quite striking.


The Isle of Skye

In the south, you can see the mountainous Rum with Canna just to its north west.

The Scottish mainland in the south goes from Mallaig and the Arisaig peninsula

then north to Knoydart. The ruggedness of the Coulins is quite obvious with the

less well known mountains in the Totternish peninsula to the north.

The long fingerlike island to the east of Skye is Raasay with Rona to its north.

The mainland opposite Raasay is the Applecross peninsula and the print ends

in the north east corner at Gairloch.

The Dornoch Firth and Easter Ross

The striking thing about this print is how little low lying arable land

there is in East Sutherland compared to the relatively flat Eater Ross

to the south and east of Edderton Hill.

The ever changing Dornoch Point is obvious and to its west, the little prominory

which was once the north end of the Meikle Ferry, now carries the A9 across the Dornoch Firth. North of the Point are the three bays along which

the golf course meanders, reaching almost as far as Embo.

The coast runs north to the Little Ferry and Loch Fleet. The area to the south of

the A9 between the Mound and Golspie is probably the largest area of flat land until Caithness. The print finishes just to the south of Brora.


Assynt and Coigach

from Loch Broom to Kylesku


This goes from Ullapool on the shores of Loch Broom, just left of centre at the

bottom of the print, then as far as Stoer Point, Eddrachillis Bay and Kylesku.

This map will help you identify the mountains.


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