The north coast of Scotland is a land of mountains and lochs, beaches, vast tracts of wetlands and a range of farms and crofts. The area has been settled since Neolithic times and has been home to the Picts, Norse, Vikings and Celts.
The landscape is filled with traces of its long cultural past including brochs, standing stones, castles and churches. There are diverse cultural traditions in the modern villages and the Wild North Festival is driven by strong community involvement.
Wild North 2014 will take place in Caithness and Sutherland during the first two weeks of June. The programme will be posted as soon as it is finalised but you can also visit the main Wild North Website.
The Patchwork Meadow will be exhibited at the MacPhail Centre in Ullapool during the festival.
Species to look out for are the endemic Scots primrose (Primula scotica), the mountains avens (Dryas octopetala), the plants of the Flow Country (one of the largest wetlands in Europe), including the carnivorous sundews and butterworts, the flame yellow Saxifrage hircula, the striking bog asphodel, the delicate Grass of Parnassus, and a range of sedges, mosses and lichens.