Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Harsh and forbidding the Hebrides

Harsh and forbidding the Hebrides - the realm of wind and waves. But it is at first glance.Attentive traveler will find here a special romance and beauty. Photos by Jim Richardson Internal and Outer Hebrides - more than five hundred islands and islets. There is often foggy and rainy, almost constantly blowing wind, and sea elements around so fickle that even the most experienced captain can experience fear. In all these seas choppy: for about an hour dimensional silky heaving waves piercing blue tropical flowers replaced by rapid invasion of lead foam rollers.




Berner Island, West Coast
Twilight hovering over the pale sands scattered shells and thick dune grass, which stretch for miles along the Atlantic coast Bernereya. Meandering line of hills in the background Harris disappears into the blue shadows on the distant horizon.
Hirta, St. Kilda
Stone walls still encircle the bulk portions of the arable layer on uneven hillside above the ruins of the main settlements of St. Kilda. These fences safeguard crops of oats and barley from the salty winds and cattle. In similar buildings hives stored food and peat, which the islanders used as fuel;hundreds of warehouses still remain.
Borer, St Kilda
Armada seabirds circling in the sky, dotted with narrow ledges their nests. Often hidden behind the clouds in the northern tip of the island is given at 400 meters above the ocean; Here are grown offspring 60,000 pairs of gannets - the largest colony in the world. Residents of St Kilda climbed barefoot on the rocks, catching birds and collected eggs to eat.
Mangersta, Isle of Lewis
The dangerous waters of the Hebrides with sharp sea cliffs and rocks, oddly enough, was chosen by surfers. Mangersta popular with athletes because here all year round blowing a steady north-easterly wind. Moreover, in these parts not crowded.
Kalanish, Isle of Lewis
These stone pillars, probably stood here before the construction of the pyramids. People settled on the island 5000 years ago, they were engaged in agriculture, fishing, hunting - and construction. External stones rise by 3.5 meters, the central pillar - 4.5 meters. As in the famous Stonehenge, a 13-meter lap in Kalanishe was an important ceremonial center.
Grimersta, Isle of Lewis
Fresh water from the upper lakes, bubbling, cascading to the sea on a wide rocky terraces. "The island is easy to find a place where you can not hear sounds generated by a man - said Alice Starmore, a native of Lewis - but earth and water never silent."
Borer, St Kilda
Rising mist exposes a remote island in the Atlantic Ocean. People have survived for thousands of years in the archipelago of St. Kilda, but his last inhabitants left their secluded home about eighty years ago.

Cape Trotternish, Isle of Skye
At Cape Isle of Skye Trotternish basalt columns hanging over the Strait of Raasay. They show strong geological shifts that shaped this piece of land.
Fingal's Cave, Staffa
Row upon row of basalt columns filled sea cave; its eternal darkness lit only by the camera. The natural purity of lines and columns echo crashing waves attract travelers from the XVIII century.
Mount Red Kullin, Isle of Skye
Calm surface of the water and the veil of mist give the wrong impression about the invincible strength, sculptured granite hills. Born as the basis of huge volcanoes millions of years they were subjected to the ravages of the powerful wind and water, and the pressure of glacial ice gradually gave them a soft rounded shape.
Hebrides
Harsh and forbidding the Hebrides - the realm of wind and waves. But it is at first glance.Attentive traveler will find here a special romance and beauty.

Hebrides - Archipelago, lying along the west coast of Scotland. Conventionally, it is separated into two groups. Inner Hebrides are just off the coast of Scotland: in fjords and bays. Outer Hebrides have a more compact arrangement. They are separated by the Strait of Little Minch and a close group of sheltered north-west of Scotland.
Hebrides - rocky, with a highly developed coastline. They are characterized by long bays, high banks and uniform steppe landscape. The islands are subject to frequent precipitation coming from the west. On the Isle of Skye is the highest point of the archipelago Kullin Hills (1009 meters). Hebrides are a natural extension of the Scottish mountains.
Megaliths found in the archipelago indicate human activity in the Neolithic period in the history of the British Isles. In ancient times Hebrides mentioned in the writings of Greek and Roman authors beginning of our era. Then the population of the island is the Picts, who suffered after assimilation geltsami. This union tribes initiated the kingdom Dal Riada - predecessor of Scotland.From the 8th century to the hybrids appear Vikings. In the 11th century formed the Norwegian Kingdom of the Isles. In the 13th century it was annexed to Scotland, but for a long time, there remains wide autonomy.
The role of the Hebrides in the formation and preservation of culture and traditions of Scottish Gaelic rather significant. In addition to traditional occupations and ways of life are preserved ancient objects of tourist interest. Firstly, it is a monumental gloomy castles Kimisul, Danstaffneydzh, Skipness and Danolli, Benedictine monastery on Iona, Saddele Cathedral and other monuments of the Middle Ages. Secondly, this place of worship ancient inhabitants of the Hebrides, where stands Calanais - megalithic group of Neolithic.
Natural resource, the tourism industry is represented by bird colonies, whale watching, seal rookeries. Flourishing green tourism and sea fishing.
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