Cuillin & Dolerite dykes from Limestone Pavement, Port Elgol, Skye
The violet-hued Black Cuillin from the edge of the Limestone pavement at Port Elgol, Isle of Skye. The prominent Gabbro peaks are Gars-bheinn at far left, Sgurr na Stri right of centre and Marsco in the right distance which marks the start of the Granite mountains referred to as the Red Cuillin.
The rocks onto which the waves are breaking are fragmented Dolerite dykes which jut into the sea here.
The Limestone pavement dips into and under the sea in the direction of the Cuillin, looking like a natural landing stage.
Limestone is rare on the island, occurring only in a band from Broadford to Elgol via Strath Suardal. At Torrin, the Limestone was altered by metamorphism caused by the later intrusion of plutonic Granite into the famous Skye Marble.
Date taken: 17 June 2016