Quiraing, Isle of Skye

When I hear “landslip,” I think of clay or soft soils on steep slopes. I don’t think of jagged, rocky peaks like these, in the Quiraing on the Isle of Skye.

But Wiki is pretty clear: not only is this an area that can be characterized as a landslip, it’s still, umm, slipping. I don’t remember our engaging tour guides mentioning that when we were standing on it.

I also don’t remember seeing the white van when I was composing this shot, but I’m glad it’s there to add some scale to a ridiculously impressive scene.

Rugged cliffs with thin skin of green in Scottish Highlands.


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12 Responses to Quiraing, Isle of Skye

  1. Ralph Gibson says:

    Also nice ! Thanks for posting.

  2. Derek says:


  3. Janice says:


    • Isabel Gibson says:

      Janice – Yes – and the storm that burst upon us moments later was pretty dramatic, too!

  4. The United Kingdom has it all, eh? All packed in together, and never 70 miles from the sea. Great shot: I assume the tiny wee white speck in the foreground-ish on a road, is the white van.

    • Isabel Gibson says:

      Barbara – You assume correctly about the van. You can see why I missed it in the viewfinder! All countries have their own beauty, I guess, but there is something to be said for small scale and short distances. Not that we’d know much about that here . . .

  5. Jim Robertson says:

    love the greens that come with the overcast sky (and dampness). Finding something (even afterwards ☺) to show scale is great

    • Isabel Gibson says:

      Jim – Yes, when I saw that van I laughed, remembering what you’d said about using vehicles for scale (even though you’ll wait a long time to clear a scene of people). As Ivan says, I’d rather be lucky than good.

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