Joan Blaeu, considered to be one of the most famous cartographers in history, produced the first atlas of Scotland in the seventeenth century, presenting a striking vision of the country. Considered a ‘uniquely significant landmark publication’ Blaeu’s atlas was 70 years in the making and ensured that “Scotland became one of the best mapped countries in the world” (Stone, 1989) at the time.
Since then there have only been seven atlases produced with Scotland as their sole subject. John Adair’s 1703 atlas concentrated on ‘the Sea Coast and Islands’; William Roy, better known for his work on the Military Survey of Scotland, produced an atlas of ‘the Romans in North Britain’; while John Bartholomew created the 1912 Survey Atlas of Scotland.
This Atlas is the latest addition to the current ‘boutique’ collection of Scotland-centric cartographic works, though An Atlas of Opportunity differs in one key way: while others have documented a present situation, this atlas explores the possibilities and potentialities available to Scotland.
With 31,460 lochs, 790 islands and 282 munros, Scotland boasts an incredible range of natural features, packed into a relatively small geographical area. From St Kilda to Aberdeen and from Unst to Dumfries, Scotland: Atlas of Opportunity explores the nation and its relationship to the land through its historical and natural assets. It presents Scotland’s ownership, infrastructure, energy, food, productivity, culture, and much much more.
Through vibrant mapping overlays, imagery and infographics, An Atlas of Opportunity provokes your imagination of a future Scotland and offers a vision which touches on global challenges, from climate change to current geopolitical issues.
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