Isle of Skye

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An t-Eilean Sgitheanach – better known as The Isle of Skye than for its Scottish Gaelic name – is the largest and most northerly island in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland. Skye has some of the most spectacular landscapes of the Scottish Hebrides.

The Quiraing is a landslip on the eastern face of Meall na Suiramach, the northernmost summit of the Trotternish Ridge on the Isle of Skye. The rocks at Trotternish consist of Jurassic sedimentary sequences overlain by Palaeogene lava flows.

The name Isle of Skye may mean island of mist. But don’t worry, there is a saying that if you don’t like the weather you only have to wait for five minutes. On our visit in October, it was often warm and sunny enough to sit outside for lunch. The summer on Skye has been unusually dry, a gardener in Flodigarry told me.

Skye is one of Scotland’s main touristic destinations. However, when you drive along one of the many single track roads on the 40 kilometers wide island you’re often alone.

There are only about nine thousand people living on Skye but the trend is rising. Portree, Skye’s main town, has a busy vibe for a small town with only 2’500 inhabitants. The young seem to prefer the island life over leaving for the mainland.

The Quiraing landslip is still moving towards the coast in Flodigarry. Fossils can be found exposed in the Jurassic sediments.
Weather can change in minutes and be completely different within small areas. A rainbow is seen with the Old Man of Storr on the left behind Loch Leathan and Loch Fada. Panorama composite of three horizontal images.
The weight of basalt lavas on sedimentary rocks of earlier Jurassic age caused enormous landslides creating bizarre rock formations such as the Old Man of Storr.
The Trotternish Ridge escarpment was formed by a series of post-glacial landslides due to the overlying weight of the lava flows weighing down on the weaker Jurassic sedimentary rocks.
Talisker whisky distillery in Carbost, Isle of Skye. The distillery was founded in 1831.
Neist Point is the most westerly point on the Duirinish peninsula on the Isle of Skye. The lighthouse took up its service in 1909. Since 1990, the lighthouse is operated remotely.
A series of waterfalls known as the Fairy Pools run down form the Cuillins through Glen Brittle.
A series of waterfalls known as the Fairy Pools run down form the Cuillins through Glen Brittle.
A phone booth in Kilmaluag,  Isle of Skye.
Ullinish on the west coast of the Isle of Skye.
Sgrr nan Gillean is one of the most prominent peaks in the Cuillin range on the Isle of Skye.

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