Quiraing, Isle of Skye, Scotland

This evening, I am focusing on a unique aspect of British geology as manifested in the landslides of Trotternish, northern Skye, Scotland of which the Quiraing  is the best example.This jumble of hills and rocks was created when the underlying sedimentary rocks  (Jurassic era) gave way under the great weight of later  basalt lavas (Tertiary era) which resulted in landslides which in turn created labrynths and pinnacles. Apart from the Quiraing, names associated with this geology include Table, Needle, Prison, Dun Dubh and the Old Man of Storr.

Mountain Biking, Quiraing, Skye, Scotland

The landslides have occurred over a long period of time, with the most recent about 15000 years ago.

Quiraing, Isle of Skye, Scotland

The Quiraing is accessed by a minor road running between Staffin Bay and Uig which itself offers an experience for the visitor including high elevation views, stark scenery and occasional wildlife such as birds of prey.

Road to Quiraing, Isle of Skye, Scotland

Whenever possible, I include the Quiraing in my tours of Skye.

Buzzard, Quiraing

Buzzard, Quiraing, Skye

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