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 The Royal Port

Formerly known as Kiltraglen however after King James V called into the bay with his fleet of warships in 1540 to muster support from the clans, it became known as Port-an-Righ in Gaelic (literal translation Royal Port). Hence the English version became Portree.

Not far from Portree on the road to Staffin is Skye’s only railway which was built to enable Skye’s only hydro electric station to be built as the cliffs at Bearreraig Bay are too steep for roads.  The railway is still functioning today so the Hydro Electric employees can take heavy items up and down from the power station. For the rest of us there’s several hundred steps.  

Looking down the railway

However the steep descent into Bearreraig bay is worth it as there are some interesting geological features to view on the foreshore and marvellous views across to Rona, Raasay and Applecross.

 I’m struggling to identify the features in the photos below as geology isn’t my strongest subject, perhaps a reader can shed some light on these features?

 What is it?

Conglomerate rock and harder rocks/boulders?


Looks like a footprint?

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I'm currently writing a sea kayaking guidebook for the Northwest Highlands; Cape Wrath to Ardnamurchan Point including Skye & the Small Isles. This blog will keep you updated as to my progress and hopefully the blog and in turn the book will inspire you experience the Northwest Highlands by sea kayak yourself.

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