Saligo Bay from Turnaichaidh, Isle of Islay

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Picture of a coastal landscape seen from a hillA slightly different view of Saligo Bay from one of the higher points on the Rhinns of Islay, Turnaichaidh (170m) just behind the Kilchoman Crags. Saligo Bay with Saligo cottage towards the left, the remains of the old radar installations in the centre, the track out to Smaull stretching out into the distance on the right. In the foreground you can see the Kilchoman road passing through, bordering the fields of Rockside Farm as well as Loch Clach a’ Bhuaile. And if you look very closely you can just about make out Dubh Artach lighthouse on the horizon.

Impressive cliffs and rock formations near Smaull, Isle of Islay

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Picture of some interesting cliffs and rock formations at a coastA panoramic view of a fascinating part of the west coast of Islay just northwest of Smaull. On the left the cliffs known to some as Sleeping Giant, to others as the Opera House Rocks. But that’s not all, if you look to the right you’ll spot some interesting rock formations. I believe they are called ‘folded metasandstones of the Smaull Greywacke Formation’ (based on a picture and description I found on page 2 of ‘A Guide to the Geology of Islay’ by David Webster, Roger Anderton and Alasdair Skelton, a very interesting book).