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Hello from my favourite volcano!
Thankfully this one is extinct but the geology is fascinating.
We technically should have been on a trip to the isle of Canna but roadworks and three huge wind turbine blades en route put paid to that.
Not that I minded really as it meant a trip to Loch Coruisk in the middle of the Black Cuillin instead.
More photos to follow...

Posted at 15th May 2018 - 12:07PM   Posted by Fairy Nuff   Coruisk Comments: 13

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Perhaps I'm not so antisocial after all, even I couldn't hack this one. No road - either an hours boat trip or a 10 mile hike along a treacherous cliff path.

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 15th May 2018 at 12:09PM

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Popped by to say hello to the locals on the way back... they were a bit uppity!

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 15th May 2018 at 12:11PM

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We were waaayyyy in behind the big lump in the front... and yes I did bring home more rocks!

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 15th May 2018 at 12:12PM

Fennie's Avatar How do you know that the volcano is really extinct? There have been earthquakes recently and rises in sea level.Very Happy

Posted by: Fennie on 15th May 2018 at 12:36PM

Fairy Nuff's Avatar I think 50 million years of inactivity is a pretty good guide.Laughing
I'd be more worried about the fact we live only a few hundred meters from the Great Gen Fault line.Blink
Even the Kessock bridge was built with hydraulic buffers to allow it to expand by several feet!

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 15th May 2018 at 01:13PM

Fennie's Avatar Is the GG fault opening up? I always thought it was a sliding fault that would one day see Caithness and Sutherland sliding off towards Norway. Whether they take Bradan with them I don't know.

We get earthquakes here and had a tsunami not that long ago (1607) the effects of which are still visible. I'm disappointed that we have no volcanoes. I try to persuade visitors that the ones in the Cantal are still (just) smoking but of course they aren't.

So the Kessock Bridge can be lengthened, if needed but what happens when the buffers don't quite reach? Splash! Very Happy

Posted by: Fennie on 15th May 2018 at 02:38PM

Fairy Nuff's Avatar Not so much opening up but jiggling with any earth tremors I think. I suppose it means if the jiggling was bad enough they would just have to resurface the road rather than rebuild the bridge. Very Happy
There was one in the early 1900s that left a 200 yard crack along the towpath of the Caledonian canal just down the fault a couple of miles from Inverness.

The only rumblings we heard on Monday in Skye was the Atlas A400M aircraft skimming over the top of us at about 50 feet above the car after we got back to Elgol. Laughing

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 15th May 2018 at 04:42PM

Camilla's Avatar Heck glad to know the volcano is extinct FN! Aw, lovely seals I saw one big adult black one bobbing about on the sea here last week. Some woman had let her dog sit on the sea edge while she sat higher up on the dunes drinking from her flask I saw the seal and I was waving to the woman to get her dog to come back to her she at first didn't take any notice but then the seal was coming in closer the women got the lead on her dog then.

Posted by: Camilla on 15th May 2018 at 05:32PM

Camilla's Avatar That aircraft was a tad low over you FN. blimey.

Posted by: Camilla on 15th May 2018 at 05:34PM

Fairy Nuff's Avatar There's a lovely set of skerries just off of the landing point that are dry even at high tide so the seals love them, especially at this time of year when they are moulting as they really need to be dry to do so properly.

For animals with such short arms and legs and not much facial expression they can be such characters, I'm very fond of seals.Very Happy

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 16th May 2018 at 10:27AM

Camilla's Avatar Yes i love seals too FN they look vulnerable like the Penguins do with short arms and legs great characters though .

What are skerries?Very Happy

Posted by: Camilla on 16th May 2018 at 05:14PM

Fairy Nuff's Avatar Sloping rocks that are often, but not always covered by the sea at high tide, too small for habitation but just right for seals to haul out for a rest and cormorants to stand and dry their wings.Very Happy

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 17th May 2018 at 10:23AM

Camilla's Avatar Ah that's what they are, thanks FNVery Happy

Posted by: Camilla on 17th May 2018 at 11:03PM

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