Cuillin Mountains, Skye, Scotland

Cuillin Mountains, Skye, Scotland

This evening, I am focusing on the Cuillin Mountains on the Isle of Skye which in turn is the largest island of the Inner Hebrides, Scotland.

Red Cuillins from Sligachan, Skye, Scotland

Red Cuillins from Sligachan, Skye, Scotland

The Cuillins are popular with climbers, artists, photographers and wildlife watchers. They form the heart of Skye’s spectacular landscape. Key aspects of the Cuillins geology:

  • Consist of intrusive volcanic rocks which form two separate ‘ranges’, the Cuillin Hills (or Black Cuillins) and Red Hills (or Red Cuillins).
  • The Black Cuillins consist mainly of gabbro with some dolerite, peridotite and agglomerate. These are rugged in appearance due to existence of magmatic dykes which have weathered to form gullies and notches. These feature peaks exceeding 3000 feet (900m).
  • The Red Cuillins consist mainly of granite and granophyre. They are less spectacular than the Black Cuillins and reach heights of between 2000ft and 2500 feet (750m).
  • During the last ice age the Cuillins were at the heart of ice accumulation from where the ice moved outward.

    Cuillin Hills from Portree, Isle of Skye, Scotland

    Cuillin Hills from Portree, Isle of Skye, Scotland

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