Rocks

Welsh Rocks

Every year we used to spend Easter in Wales, then we stopped, I think because there was too much traffic on the roads.  Well today, Good Friday, the traffic on the main road to the North Norfolk coast from the other side of Wisbech in Cambridgeshire, was pretty horrific.  I have never seen so many caravans and motorhomes on the road in the ten years that we have lived here in the Fens.  It was a shame as no-one was going anywhere for a quite a while, thank goodness we were going the other way.  It looked like a mass evacuation and for once I was pleased we were not going away……we had a pre Easter trip two weeks ago.

 We had a good day despite the weather, three churches, two firmly locked and hurrah, one open.  Good Friday and two out of three churches locked.   I did actually think over Easter they would be open, but we were in Cambridgeshire, a county that I find most of the churches are locked.

A photo from a previous Easter Holiday in Wales.

Standing Stones – Isle of Lismore, Scotland

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While we were on the Isle of Lismore on holiday in May 2016, I found these standing stones at the side of the minor road to Achinduin and Achadun Castle.  I have tried to find some information about them, but they are not mark on a map and it is possible that they are just some kind of rocks used as boundary markers.  They are not small, ranging about 1.5 to 2 metres in height.  I just found their shapes really interesting and it was just strange to come across them all of a sudden by the road edge.  Any ideas are welcome 🙂

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Mealt Waterfall & Kilt Rock, Isle Of Skye, Scotland

 

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On a our drive around the Isle of Skye in 2013, we did come across some amazing sites, but I think this was one of the best…… the spectacular Kilt Rock.  It was a little difficult to get really good photos, as there were a lot of bodies milling around, I have nothing against bodies, but not in my photos when I want try my hand at landscapes.  I also have this thing about heights, so I guess I could have hung over the fencing like some of the bodies, but that was never going to happen even if I didn’t have a thing !

The famous Kilt Rock is a sea cliff, north east in between Portree and Staffin.  There is a large car park and trying to keep upright, you make your way to the fence, and you look north up the coast to see the Kilt Rock.  Closer by is the Mealt Waterfall, which free falls over the edge of the cliff and sometimes when the wind is really strong, the water never hits the bottom, but is blown away.  The 200ft high cliffs marked in an almost tartan-like pattern by the rock strata give the cliffs their name.  It is worth a stop to have a look and at sometimes of the year the seabirds are amazing, but not on our visit.

The following photos are looking south, which are really just as spectacular in a different way.

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The last photo is of a wonderful rock formation, which you can see just before you reach the cliffs, its bound to have a name,  they all have names, but at the moment I have no idea 🙂

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The Old Man of Storr, Isle of Skye, Scotland

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One of the most amazing sights you will see, when you travel around the Isle of Skye in Scotland, is the ‘Old Man of Storr’  We passed by in 2013, and you can see the rock looming up from quite a distance.  The following photos are of the drive to the site.

 The ‘Old Man’ is a large pinnacle of rock that stands high and can be seen for miles around. As part of the Trotternish ridge the Storr was created by a massive ancient landside, leaving one of the most photographed landscapes in the world.

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The Old Man of Storr rises to 535 metres and is visibile from the main road between Portree and Staffin on the west coast of Skye. Dominating the scene and visible fom many more parts of the islands the Storr is the hill immediately west of the Old Man and rising to 719 metres.  This is now a very poplar walk and gets very busy, although its not classed as an easy walk.

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Staffa & Fingal’s Cave, The Inner Hebrides, Scotland

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My quest to visit all the islands in the Hebrides is never really going to happen, why, because there are 500 plus islands.  I read about people who have visited quite a few, so I will have to make do with reading about the unachievable ones and try to visit all the ones that are achievable.  I have already posted about my number one Island, Iona, the second Island on the list was Staffa.

I had always wanted to visit Staffa and see Fingal’s Cave, but I never thought it would happen, but in 2012 we made the trip.  I am not a good sailor and spent most of my time in the bowels of the very small boat that took us there.  I did get brave when we arrived and came up on deck to take some photos with one hand, whilst holding on for dear life with the other.  We had to jump from the boat because of the waves and all I could think of was that I would have to jump back on.

It is an amazing place and I was so glad that we made the trip, now all we had to do was carefully make our way to the cave, which was a bit scary when there were other bodies making their way back along the steep path.

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After marvelling at the wonder of the cave, going in as far as you feel safe to, there really is not a lot to save you, if you slipped.  So I didn’t linger inside, I was quite happy to watch a little way back.  It is enormous, its very hard to get the size right of this amazing hole in the cliff.

So this is really a visual tour of our trip to Staffa in 2012 and I just hope you find it amazing as much as I did.

The following photos were taken from the boat.

Theses photos are on the Island and visiting the cave.

Once you have visited the cave you can then climb up to the top of the Island and survey the surrounding Islands.  The Island was given to to the National Trust for Scotland by John Elliott Jnr in honour of his wife Eleanor Thomas Elliott on 26th April 1986.