Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Knockan Cliffs


A beautiful evening to be at Knockan Cliffs, one of my very favourite places in the UK. There's just so much happening here apart from the spectacular scenary. It's one of the top geological sites in the world, where rocks such as Lewisian Gneiss, one of the oldest rocks in the world, overlap with younger rocks such as limestone due to the actions of the Moine thrust. Associated with the geology is the flora, which includes limestone specialities such as mountain aven and holly fern growing alongside peat bog specialist, and the birds ain't half bad also. Today saw a male ring ouzel.

I have my own particular reasons for loving this place, it was the first place I visited in the North West Highlands with my Dad back in 1979 and my first ever diver of any species, a summer plumage red-throated was on the loch below the cliffs, Lochan an Ais.


Holly fern


Green spleenwort and brittle bladder fern


The  hoverfly Syrphus ribessii on Yellow saxifrage.


The hoverfly Sericomyia silentis


The limestone outcrop at Knockan Cliffs.



Suilvan

Looking towards Suilvan and Canisp.




Yellow saxifrage


A distant An Teallach across Loch Broom on the drive back to Ullapool.

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