Wester Ross in Scot­land is a sparsely pop­u­lated and beau­ti­ful area of moun­tains, lochs, heather and midges. I went there on hol­i­day. Here at nowaytomakealiving.net we don’t like to blog about our own lives too much, but I’m going to break with tra­di­tion in this post, and a cou­ple more in the future. I like to notice work, even when – as here – work is not obvi­ously present.

At Loch Coire nan Arr, just up from the pho­to­graphic oppor­tu­nity pro­vided by Rus­sell Burn, there’s a water man­age­ment sys­tem that drains from a reser­voir down to a loch that’s farmed for salmon. On this August day, the water was low.

The unspoiled wilder­ness of the tourist brochures turns out to be a highly man­aged envi­ron­ment, with walk­ways and raft.

It’s man­aged by solar panel and radio con­trol, though there are a few signs that human inter­ven­tion is needed: the wheel can be turned when there’s some­one there who knows the pad­lock combination.