What Is Wilderness?

The Oxford English Dictionary defines ‘wilderness’ as; an uncultivated, uninhabited, and inhospitable region. Whilst travelling around Scotland, I encountered both city and country folk who labelled the NW coast as a wilderness. This film and question was born out of a discussion with retired BBC Radio producer Lesley Muir who lives near Achiltibuie. What actually is a wilderness in today’s ever globalised world? As someone from the city (London), the stark contrast between the built up concrete jungle, and the vast expanse of openness across Scotland, strikes clear that the latter is a rural, remote, dynamic environment. However, is it a wilderness? I agree with ‘uncultivated’ as a base definition for the term, but in today’s ever evolving, every shrinking globe, the definition could... read more
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