Friday, 14 June 2013

Old Man of Storr - Skye

Last look around Portree village before heading off for the day.

Today before we left the Isle of Skye we drove to the Old Man of Storr and walked up the very steep mountain and we were rewarded with the most magnificent views over the Sound of Raasay to mainland Scotland. The longest inland cliff in Britain, the Trotternish Ridge zigzags for 23 miles between Portree to the northern tip of Skye, where it tumbles into a belt of springy turf speckled with tiny white crofts. The mighty east cliff of the Trotternish Ridge yields a breathtaking panoramic view over the mountain ranges of the Highlands, stretching from Assynt in the far northwest to Ben Nevis in central Scotland. A towering needle of petrified lava is the highlight of the walk. The monolith rises from a knot of lesser pinnacles clustered around its base like eroded Easter Island giants, tilted slightly seawards as if hypnotised by the spectacle. The Old Man of Storr rises to 535 metres and is visible from the main road between Portree and Staffin on the west coast of Skye. Dominating the scene and visible from many more parts of the islands the Storr is the hill immediately west of the Old Man and rising to 719 metres with dramatic cliffs on its eastern flank.

Our next stop on the way to Staffin was Lealt Gorge in this area they used to extract diatomite from Loch Cuithir. Diatomite is used for many purposes, for example in toothpaste, polishes, nonabrasive cleansers and more.

The famous Kilt Rock is a sea cliff in north east Trotternish. It is said to resemble a kilt, with vertical basalt columns to form the pleats and intruded sills of dolerite forming the pattern. Closer by is the Mealt Waterfall, which freefalls off the cliff for 170ft into the Sound of Raasay below.

Crofters Cottages near Uig

Uig Village

Highland Cattle

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