At 25 miles long Glen Lyon is Scotland's longest glen and as I travelled along it's valley floor by the bank of the river Lyon I enjoyed a soundscape that strikes a comfortable balance between man-made and natural sound. This is largely due to the fact that the road through Glen Lyon serves only the Glen itself and not as a through road to elsewhere. As a result the traffic through the Glen is actively travelling to visit or sustain it's relatively small population and wildlife rather than passively passing by. It is this passive traffic flow that degrades the soundscapes of many of the great Scottish lochs and glens (for example Glen Coe, Glen Orchy, Loch Lomond and Loch Ness) as their long, flat valley floors lend themselves well to main road construction and have served civilisations for thousands of years as natural, passable routes across the country.
In contrast to the bare roar of the Eskdalemuir beech trees in early May the beech trees in my late May recording from Glen Lyon have sprouted their leaves and they dance in a gentle wind in the foreground of a view across the river Lyon.