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Magic of Skye 3: The Fairy Glen of Balnaknock, near Uig, Isle of Skye, Scotland.

Continuing our walk through the Trotternish we descented the main ridge into the tiny village of Balnaknock. BALNAKNOCK (Gaelic: Town of the hill) is home to an incredible and mysterious geological formation known locally as the Fairy Glen.

These strange enchanting little conical mounds are said to be inhabited by fairies. We didn't see any fairies on this day - but we could feel their presence.

North Skye Geology:
This area is dominated by basaltic lava flows of early Tertiary age, which form the characteristic flat-topped, terraced hills of Duirinish, Waternish and Trotternish. Beneath the lavas, particularly around the coastal areas of Trotternish, a variety of sedimentary rocks dominated by sandstones and shales, of Jurassic age are seen. These sediments are intruded by horizontal sheets ("sills") of basic igneous rock ("dolerite") related to the lavas. Numerous spectacular landslips have occurred here due to the thick pile of lavas overlying relatively weak sedimentary rocks.

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Additional Photos by David Surname (dharbott) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 304 W: 71 N: 361] (1894)
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