This morning, we departed our lodgings at Portree on Skye and thenĀ  drove north to viist the natural sights of the Trotternish area of the island. First, we called in at Kilt Rock, a vertical cliff face so named due to the effect of vertical basalt columns which form pleats and intruded sills of dolomite which form the pattern.

Kilt Rock, Isle of Skye

Kilt Rock, Isle of Skye, Scotland

Next, a short drive to an elevated position to visit the Quiraing, a stunning landslip dating from the geological past when underlying layers of clays and limestone proved too weak to support volcanic lava flows.

Quiraing, Isle of Skye

Quiraing, Isle of Skye, Scotland

 

 

Quiraing, Isle of Skye

Quiraing, Isle of Skye, Scotland

Next, we drove to nearby Uig to catch the ferry to the Outer Hebrides island of Harris. On arrival at Tarbert we dove south a short distance to visit a shop selling a wide range of locally manufactured Harris Tweed products.

 

Harris Tweed Shop, Harris

Harris Tweed Shop, Harris, Scotland

After leaving the Harris Tweed shop we drove north to Lewis stopping for photos of Loch Shiphoirt en-route.

Loch Shiphort, Isle of Lewis

Loch Shiphort, Isle of Lewis, Scotland

 

Next, we drove to the Gearrannan Blackhouse Village, a restored former village comprising houses built of double drystone walls and insulating thatch.

 

Gearrannan Blackhouse Village, Isle of Lewis

Gearrannan Blackhouse Village, Isle of Lewis, Scotland

After Gearrannan we checked in at our lodgings in Stornoway and then returned to the town centre for a Chinese meal. This concluded the day’s tour. Tomorrow we visit Callanish Stones and other sites on Lewis.

Stornoway Harbour, Isle of Lewis

Stornoway Harbour, Isle of Lewis, Scotland

 

Stornoway, Isle of Lewis

Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, Scotland

 

 

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