Aberdeenshire

From the Cairngorms National Park I headed east towards Aberdeenshire hoping to find a quiet location to record the North Sea on the east coast and what I discovered was one of the largest noise polluted areas in Scotland. Aberdeenshire is littered with thousands of minor roads that spread across the land rendering almost the entire landmass of the district from the east cost to approximately 30miles inland extremely vulnerable to traffic noise. On top of this the extensive farming of land in Aberdeenshire makes the district suffer from large volumes of agricultural noise - both machinery and animal noise. 

 A small portion of the extensive road network in Aberdeenshire.

The extent of the noise pollution in Aberdeenshire was unexpected and got me thinking about the various factors that affect sound propagation and how the flat geography and relatively dry climate (at least in comparison to the west coast) might make sound travel particularly well within the region.