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Piper at Glencoe

This morning I collected tour group from Glasgow Airport at 7.45 am and then embarked on a trip as follows:

  • North to Loch Lomond via Dumbarton. Here we stopped at the heritage village of Luss on the banks of the Loch and visited the church in burial ground of which is a Viking-era ‘hogback’ grave marker which may date from the 9th century.

Hogback Grave Marker

Loch Lomond

Cottage at Luss

  • Next, we continued north, tracking Loch Lomond through Tyndrum and across Rannoch Moor to Glencoe, stopping en-route for views of Loch Tulla.

Loch Tulla

  • At then scenic spot of Glencoe we stopped for photographs and then called in at the Visitor Centre for refreshments and shopping.

Glencoe

  • Next, north along Loch Linnhe to Fort William and then west to Glenfinnan which is famous for the ‘Harry Potter’ viaduct and landing-place of Bonnie Prince Charlie in 1745 as start of *(an ultimately unsuccessful) military campaign to regain the thrones of England and Scotland for the Stuart dynasty by force.

Glenfinnan Monument

  • Next, we continued west to the commercial fishing port of Mallaig. Unfortunately, we encountered a delay of about 45 mins due to a serious road traffic accident on a remote section of the A830 in Moidart which required services of a rescue helicopter.

Moidart

  • Finally, we arrived Mallaig mid-afternoon where we checked into our lodgings. Tomorrow we transfer to Skye.

Mallaig Harbour

Street Scene, Cromarty.

This evening, I am posting information on Cromarty, a delightful and historic coastal village located at northern tip of the Black Isle (not an island).Cromarty is some 23 miles north of Inverness in the Scottish Highlands.

Summary facts and information on Cromarty:

  • Origins of the current village can be traced back to the 12th century.Fishing was important in days past.
  • Situated on edge of a deep-water port, opposite Invergordon, which is now used by visiting cruise ships and for repair and maintenance of drilling rigs used in the North Sea.

Oil Rig in Cromarty Bay

  • Population about 720 persons.
  • As will be evident from the images herein, the houses are predominantly of the Georgian style, dating from late 18th/early 19th centuries.

Street scene at Cromarty.

Cromarty Court House

  • The village is known for its artists and art venues.
  • Most famous resident was Hugh Miller (1802-1856) who was a writer, geologist and social commentator. Miller’s birth-place cottage is now a museum (see image above). There is also a Hugh Miller Institute (place of learning) in the village which was donated by famous philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie.

Cromarty Institute

  • The village is endowed with churches, shops and various types of accommodation.

Episcopalian Church

Kilt Rock, Trotternish, Isle of Skye.

This evening,  I am focusing on the Trotternish (N.E.) area of the Isle of Skye and in particular the popular scenic locations of Mealt Falls and Kilt Rock.

Video clip of Kilt Rock and Mealt Falls, Skye.

The Isle of Skye is a very popular tourist destination which forms part of the Inner Hebrides, an island chain located off Scotland’s West Coast.

This section of Skye has a fascinating geology mainly dating from the Jurassic era, about 150m years ago. Here, many horizontal sills of volcanic material have forced between the older strata. One such dolerite sill forms the upper section of the Kilt Rock coastline as shown in the image above. Here the cliffs of basalt columns give the rocks a pleated appearance and hence the name Kilt Rock.

The falls come from Loch Mealt nearby which passes under the road. Here the Loch cascades down into the sea entailing a drop of 250 feet (85m) to a shoreline of (inaccessible) caves and arches.

Mealt Falls at Kilt Rock, Skye

Kilt Rock is located about fifteen miles directly north of Portree and just south of Staffin.