6 November 2012
One of the most picturesque landslides on the earth is located at Quiraing (sometimes spelt Quirang) on the Isle of Skye in north-west Scotland. This is a very large, complex landslide complex on the Trotternish Range on the northern side of the Isle of Skye:
The landslide complex itself is both very large and very complex, as the Google Earth imagery shows:
These are the largest landslides in the UK, covering an area of at least 8.5 square kilometres. This is a classic geologically-controlled landslide system, consisting of thick basalt layers overlying weak Jurassic sediments. The weight of the basaltic rocks is driving failure in the Jurassic sediments, allowing landslides to develop on a very large-scale. Movements continue today, albeit at a fairly low rate.
Where this landslide comes into its own in terms of majestic beauty – indeed, I would suggest that this is perhaps the most beautiful landslide system on Earth. I can’t reproduce it here, but take a look at this Flickr photo of the landslide – see what I mean? Or take a look at this Flickr archive of images from the landslide complex. These two aren’t bad either:
And Lukas Spieker:
It is well worth a visit if you are ever in Scotland – Walk Highlands has a walking tour of the landslide complex.