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Geology in the North East Highlands of Scotland

Our bed and breakfast is located in the Kyle of Sutherland area, at the innermost part of the Dornoch Firth. We are near various features of geological interest such as Migdale Rock (above Loch Migdale) and Carn Chuinneag, well-known igneous intrusions. (I think Carn Salachaidh and Carn Bhrain above Strathcarron) may also fit into this category). Glen Diebidale, below Carn Chuinneag, is similar to glens in Cairngorms.

We sit on a bedrock of Moine Schist (I am led to believe) in an area that has been raised above sea level. There is a large area of exposed schist behind our house which had a recent geological visitor excited (see her layer diagram), and which you are welcome to tap into and take samples from. There are many raised beaches at various levels due to isostatic uplift following various stages of recent periods of glaciation during the last Ice age. This has left huge areas of moraine and also river terraces. There are plenty of conglomorates around and mudstones.

One can visit nearby features such as Ravens Rock Gorge. Struie, near Culrain, is strongly folded and has faulted sediments thrust through the Moine basement.

There is an outdoor geological display in Bonar Bridge showing rock samples in the form of an attractively designed stone circle.

Slightly further afield, but within fairly easy reach are the well-known sandstone areas of the Easter Ross (e.g. Rockfield, Hilton of Cadboll and Balintore) with their intriguing sandstone formations and fine sandy beaches, and, to the north the The Timespan Exhibition in Helmsdale which features an outdoor geological display similar to that at Bonar Bridge, and the Brora Heritage Centre which gives information about the coalmining that once took place in Brora, where there is a very narrow strip of Carboniferous rocks. in the opposite direction, there is the famous North West Sutherland Geopark.

We are also fairly near the northern munros of Ben More Assynt, Ben Klibreck and Ben Wyvis. Enroute to Ben Wyvis there is a fascinating gorge near Evanton, the Black Rock Gorge.

We are really keen for our guests to stay for as long as possible and enlighten us about the geology in the area! Therefore we offer generous discounts for longer stays; the longer you stay the cheaper the price.

Migdale Rock, a granitic intrusion. Geology in the North East Highlands of Scotland

Migdale Rock a granitic intrusion.
(in the right of the picture)

The Bonar Bridge geological display. Geology in the North East Highlands of Scotland

The Bonar Bridge geological display.

Sandstone Formations at Rockfield. Geology in the North East Highlands of Scotland

Intriguing Sandstone Formations at Rockfield.

 

 

Looking towards Suilven and Cul Mor, part of the North West Highlands Geopark, from above Loch Migdale (in the foreground). The Kyle of Sutherland is the stretch of water in the middle distance.

Looking towards Suilven and Cul Mor from above Loch Migdale and the Kyle of Sutherland.
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