The Scottish Highlands are one of the most beautiful parts of the UK. Remote and wild, they remain largely unspoiled by the ravages of human habitation. In the far north-west, snow covered mountains of 3000 million year old Lewisian Gneiss and pink granite give way to heather covered slopes, peat-colours burns and sparkling lochs. Along the coast there are rocky cliffs, undulating dunes and pristine beaches of white-gold sand edged by crystal clear blue-green sea. Very few people live this far north but signs of habitation from days gone by still remain.
Below is Balnakiel church standing resolutely at the edge of Balnakiel bay. The original church dates from 722 and was founded by St. Maelrubha. Records in the Vatican archives show the church contributed to the third crusade in 1190 but the ruins visible today date from around 1619. The view from the graveyard is simply stunning, a glimpse of heaven perhaps?
Balnakiel bay – the sky really was that blue!
Another view of the church with the bay in the background.