Random rocks: Skipness

The second in my new photo-series on rocks…

At Skipness on Kintyre, if you can bring yourself to stop before you get to the castle, you’ll find a coastline that’s quite extraordinary.   The rocks are sculpted and folded like miniature mountain ranges, and here and there they are striped with bands of glistening white quartz.

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These photos were taken in 2011, when we visited Skipness for the first time.  Photos copyright © Jo Woolf


  1. Unbelievable, spectacular!

  2. Lovely rocks. I do so enjoy all the patterns and textures – such a variety.

  3. Marvellous. That second picture looks like a design for quilting!

  4. Do they appear to be shale?

  5. That second picture is really great. Looks like you were shooting into a lot of light. I think this rock is old sediment that’s been tipped sideways. I’ve seen a lot of that in our western deserts.

    • Thank you, Packy! That sounds right, about the rocks. Yes, I was shooting into the light there – with my old compact camera, so I was just hoping it would cope with it! I love the flowing patterns.

  6. Such a wonderful coastline, it looks almost fluid 🙂

  7. Lovely photographs! I have passed these rocks many times, they are quite remarkable. I have never actually stopped before the Sea Food Cabin in the castle grounds – highly recommended – and have never noticed the bands of quartz. Will make sure I get out of the car next time I pass by.

    • Thank you! I haven’t been to the Sea Food Cabin, but it looked good. Yes, there are some lovely rocks around there – once you’ve stopped once, you’ll be wanting to stop and look at them all! 🙂

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