Not all in the highlands of Scotland is beautiful. There are acres and acres of pine plantations and, as in Victoria when the pines or blue gums are harvested, the various stages of growth and harvest can be a horrible blot on the landscape.
There are signs of hope. We visited the beautiful Loch Maree and apparently it's one of the more pristine lochs. Scottish Pines that are hundreds of years old are growing on islands in the loch. I have read that a lot of Scottish Pines were cut down during WW2 to make ammunition boxes.
And in other areas we have seen areas of hillside fenced off from sheep and deer and Scottish Pine plantations well established. Apparently only 4% of Scotland has natural vegetation, and in Ayrshire it is worse - only 1% of natural vegetation there. Sounds like the Western District of Victoria! At Muirkirk, where my father's Wyllie ancestors lived, a small woodland of trees is being maintained.