Loch Leum na Luirginn and Loch Cleat seen from the Quiraing, Isle of Skye, Scotland, U.K.
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The sliding landscape of Skye
As the sun rises on the Isle of Skye, off Scotland’s west coast, it casts a golden glow on a landscape shaped by lava flows, erosion and glacial movement. An ancient landslip here runs for nearly 32 kilometres, creating a labyrinth of steep slopes, hidden plateaus and dramatic rock formations.
This particular section is known as the Quiraing and it is the only bit of the landslip which is still moving, albeit by just a few centimetres a year. Among numerous striking rock formations are a 36.5-metre pinnacle known as The Needle and The Prison, an outcrop that looks like a medieval fortress. The Quiraing’s name is derived from the Old Norse ‘Kvi Rand’ (meaning round fold) and it is said that another local landmark, an elevated grassy plateau known as The Table, was used to hide cattle from Viking raiders.
The Quiraing’s sweeping panoramas make it a favourite with photographers and walkers, while various movies including ‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ and ‘47 Ronin’ have also featured scenes from this fantastical landscape.