National Geographic : 2010 Jan
• Mangersta, Lewis Their crumpled layers as old as the continents, the sea stacks and cliffs of the Outer Hebrides offer jagged reminders of the forces that drove Europe, North America, and Green- land apart as the North Atlantic began to open 60 million years ago. for observation, the Romantic sensibility is an inheritance from the 18th century, and the Hebrides were among its touchstones. British inventiveness had fueled a nascent industrial revolution---and generated brutal levels of noise, pollution, and crowding. For an increas- ingly mechanized, urbanized world, nature be- came a refuge, a place for contemplation and inspiration with sublime power to transform emotions as well as thoughts. "Every valley has its battle, and every stream its song," declared Sir Walter Scott, whose novels and poems gave voice to wild Scotland. Even resolutely rational Robert Jameson assured readers that he was not "insensible to the emotions which natu- rally arise from the retired and striking scenes which o en burst upon me."