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16 Oct 12   Sgurr a'Mhadaidh Ruaidh and Baca Ruadh from Lealt, Isle of Skye.

Mostly sunny but there was a lot of cirrus about which made the sun hazy at times.

The ruins of the diatomite works at Lealt.

Waterfall on the Lealt River by the diatomite works.

The diatomite (a silica rich clay with many industrial uses) was
dredged from Loch Cuithir before being dried and ground here.

A lot of the machinery and technology in the industry came from Germany.
According to local legend this connection continued after the works closed in
1914, when German submarines came here to take on fresh water.

Viewing platform on the path to the diatomite works.

The Trotternish ridge from Lealt.  On the left is Baca Ruadh with the sharp point of
Sgurr a'Mhadaidh Ruaidh to its right.  Next along are Creag a' Lain and Flasvein.

Sgurr a'Mhadaidh Ruaidh (the Hill of the Red Fox) reflected in Loch Cuithir.

Loch Cuithir.  It's hard to imagine now but in the late 19th and early 20th centuries
this tranquil spot was a hive of activity.  The diatomite was dredged from the loch
and partially dried on wire mesh before being transported by railway to the coast.

The Trotternish ridge, north from the summit of Sgurr a'Mhadaidh Ruaidh.

At the summit of Sgurr a'Mhadaidh Ruaidh (593m).
The Storr (719m) in the centre and Baca Ruadh (639m) on the right.

The Harris hills in the Outer Hebrides over the Trotternish ridge.
The highest peak is probably Clisham (An Clisheam) over 30 miles away.
The air was so clear I could make out individual buildings on the coast.

Liathach in Torridon with the rocky Isle of Rona in the foreground.

The Shieldaig Forest over the lighthouse at the northern tip of Rona.

Looking north to the Quiraing with the Shiant Islands and Lewis beyond.

Beinn Edra (611m).

Over the Isle of Rona to the Torridon peaks.

Tramping back over the moors below Baca Ruadh.

Loch Liuravay, below Sgurr a'Mhadaidh Ruaidh.

The setting sun lights up the clouds over Torridon.

Snow still lingers on Liathach.

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