In ‘A High and Lonely Place’ Jim Crumley writes
“Many of the worst exploitations of the Cairngorms have been justified on the basis of their piece-meal nature in relation to the vastness of the landmass. It is like trying to justify changing the eyes and mouth of the ‘Mona Lisa’ to make her frown on the basis that only a tiny percentage of the canvas has been tampered with.”
Recent estimates on the value of the painting ‘Mona Lisa’ – at least £500m (size 77 cm x 53 cm)
Recent SNH report on the value of Scottish landscape amenity around £900m (presumably not taking into account ecosystem services)
Unique beauty is priceless whichever way you look at it. Wild land is finite.