Our first week in Glencoe was an unparalleled success, so we entered our second week on the Isle of Skye with high spirits and optimistic expectations. One of the top locations was Sligachan, (meaning “small shells” and pronounced as SLEE-ga-hhan) a small settlement around the centre of Skye. It’s known for three things: the hotel, the old bridge and the view towards Britain’s most dramatic mountain range, the Black Cuillins.
This mountain range, though not particularly tall (the tallest peak, Sgùrr Alasdair, is only 992m/3,255ft), is particularly rugged, jagged and alpine, owing to it being primarily made of tough, coarse gabbro rock. It is also Britain’s youngest mountain range. From the Sligachan river seen in this composition you see the more northern face of the Black Cuillins, presented as two “horns”: the left peak is Sgùrr nan Gillean (“Peak of the Young Men”) and the right is called Sgùrr a’Bhasteir. Navigating the river after fresh rain proved rather interesting but I eventually settled on this spot so that I could show the winding of the River Sligachan pointing towards the impressive peaks of the Black Cuillin as warm morning light cast delicious golden light across the scene.
River Sligachan, Sligachan, Isle of Skye, Hebrides, Scotland.
“Britain’s Patagonia” by Ian Hex of LightSweep is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. Based on a work at http://www.lightsweep.co.uk.
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