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Eilean Glas Lighthouse on Scalpay

Eilean Glas Lighthouse on the island of Scalpay is a gem. Tower of red and white gloss painted brickwork surrounded by dishevelled outbuildings and a huge rusty fog horn. It lies north west of the northern most top of Skye protecting shipping from the turbulent Minch waters.

Fog horn and Eilean Glas Lighthouse

 

Eilean Glas with Skye in background

One of Scotland’s first four build in the 1700’s.

Approaching rain and the fog horn’s reply

 

Eilean Glas helicopter landing zone

 

Outbuildings
Outbuildings

 

Sunset on Eilean Glas
Sunset on Eilean Glas

 

Interior

 

Roof

 

Interior

 

Eilean Glas
Eilean Glas

 

Fuel or compressed air tanks for foghorn

 

Protecting The Minch to Skye
Protecting The Minch to Skye

 

Belting it out

 

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Castellfollit de la Roca, Village on a Cliff

Castellfollit de la Roca exists from its peculiar geological spit of land with sheer cliff edges. The village sits on a basalt crag 50m high above the valley floor and 1km long. The crag was formed from a lava flow in this volcanic region and the surrounding land was eroded from the two nearby rivers Fluvia and Turonell. Like Besalú, the streets are dark and narrow, but ooze charm.

Castellfollit de la Roca
Castellfollit de la Roca

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Besalú

The medieval town of Besalú sits north of Girona. You approach over a grand romanesque bridge with huge doorways over the river Fluvia. It is a 12th century fortress with a strong jewish history. Side streets are very small and bend sharply unfriendly to motor vehicles and great to stroll through.

Gateway across Besalú bridge
Gateway across Besalú bridge

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