Scotland's landscape is dramatic, varied and often remote. However, most inhabitants live within only a couple of miles of the coast and wherever you are in Scotland, you are never more than 40 miles from the sea. The ten highest peaks in Britain are to be found in Scotland. In the west, sheltered sea lochs provide a stark contrast to the exposed rocky shores of the open coast. In the east, the predominantly low-lying coastline is dominated by dune-fringed sandy beaches.