The isolated cottage seen in this image, portrays a sense of the scale of Blaven (Bla Bheinn in Gaelic). Being a Munro (mountain in Scotland over 3,000ft) and rising steeply from sea level, the bulk of the mountain, with Loch Slapin below creates an iconic Scottish scene which has been captured by many artists over time. Its distinctive character has been formed over time by the weathering of the gabbro and dolerite. Although dramatic, this geological composition has the effect of making magnetic compasses useless when navigating on mountain walks. Photo © copyright by Graham Chalmers.