It was a challenging day for photography (with a terrible weather) on Tuesday when I guided my photography friends around my favourite spots on the north-east of the Isle of Skye. We tried our best to come out with photos from each of the locations. Here is a B&W version of our Duntulm castle visit.
Corrieshalloch Gorge is situated on the Droma River. It can be found 12 miles south east of Ullapool. The gorge is a spectacularly deep, mile long box canyon through which the River Droma descends towards Loch Broom, en route forming the 150ft high Falls of Measach.
A zigzag path brings you to the south end of the Corrieshalloch Suspension Bridge. This was built to allow tourists a better view of the gorge in 1874 and designed by the eminent engineer Sir John Fowler. Sir John is perhaps better known for his role in helping design the Forth Bridge,on which construction began nine years later in 1883. His bridge over the Corrieshalloch Gorge is more modest in scale, with a span of 82ft.
The bridge gives you your first real sense of what you have come to see, and if you have any sort of fear of heights, crossing it is a challenge. A few feet out onto the bridge you suddenly become aware of the drop of some 200ft into the gorge below, and the bridge itself has an interesting tendency to sway as you walk along it. This is one reason why the number of visitors allowed on the bridge is limited to six at any one time.
From the bridge you follow a path west among trees parallel to the north side of the gorge. This brings you to a viewing platform cantilevered out half way over the gorge from the north side. It offers stupendous views of the Falls of Measach to the east. I took this pic of the falls and the suspension bridge from that very platform four months ago.
The Corrieshalloch Gorge was not carved out by the river that flows through it today. Instead it was probably formed towards the end of the last ice age when the glacier that formed Loch Broom started to melt and large volumes of water flowed beneath the base of the glacier, carving out the rock below.
Do you spot the wee people on the bridge?