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Quiraing, Isle of Skye, Scotland.

This evening, I am posting information on one of Scotland’s most spectacular landforms, namely the Quiraing on the Isle of Skye which lies off the west coast of Scotland. Summary information as follows:

  • Location is the Trotternish region of northern Skye where can be viewed one of the finest landslides in Britain. This feature was caused by a massive accumulation of basalt lavas from the Tertiary age forcing movement of weaker sedimentary rocks from the earlier Jurassic age. In addition to the landslide effect the movement created labyrinths of huge blocks and pinnacles carrying such names as Quiraing, Table, Needle, Prison and Old Man of Storr.
  • The movements are relatively recent in geological terms, having formed in the last 15000 years since the last period of glaciation.
  • Various interests and activities can be pursued here including bird watching, photography, mountain biking and hiking.

Buzzard at Quiraing, Skye

  • The Quiraing is accessed via a narrow, winding road via left turn after the village of Stenscholl. To gain an appreciation for this drive view video clip below.

Video clip of drive up tight mountain road from Stenscholl to the Quiraing.

Fairy Pools, Isle of Skye, Scotland, with Black Cuillins in background.

This evening, I am posting information on the famous Fairy Pools on the Isle of Skye, Scotland. Summary facts:

  • Located near Carbost and Talisker Distillery on the west of the island.
  • Access entails a 1.5 mile return trip hike over rough ground and across streams.
  • Parking can be difficult due to volume of visitors.
  • Some brave visitors engage in ‘wild swimming’ although low water temperatures normally require use of wet suits.
  • The pools form part of the River Brittle which in turn flows through Glen Brittle. (Glen means valley.)
  • Backdrop to the pools is the Black Cuillin Hills which are of volcanic origin.

Video clip of Fairy Pools.

Fairy Pool with Black Cuillins in background.

Fairy Pools in context of landscape

Approach to Fairy Pools, Skye

Bovine hazard on road between Broadford and Elgol with ancient church in background.

This evening, I am posting information on a an interesting backroad trip on the Isle of Skye, Scotland.

The route covers a total of thirty miles from Broadford to Elgol and back much of which tracks the edge of Loch Slapin, a sea loch.

Loch Slapin, Isle of Skye, Scotland

The road is single-track with passing places. En-route it usual to encounter sheep and cattle on the road, including the photogenic, Highland Cows.

Highland Cow on road near Elgol.

At Elgol, a small village on coast of Loch Scavaig, can be seen the island of Soay, and the famous Cuillin Hills. From there are boat trips to view the wildlife and scenery.

View of Cuillin hills from Elgol, Skye

A rewarding, if somewhat slow trip, where the journey is just as satisfying as the destination.

Most of the trip can viewed in the dashboard video clips shown below.