Farr Bay on the east side of the north coast village of Bettyhill is a stunningly scenic location. It is a tight inset bay with rocky sides and a lovely sandy beach at its head backed by dunes and an area of machair. The sides of the bay are rough and rocky and waves sweep along them before crashing on to the lovely sandy beach. The beach is a 5 minute walk from the car park at the bottom of the hill at the east side of Bettyhill and is a fantastic spot. It is on the North Coast 500 route and accommodation is available in Bettyhill.
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An unusually abstract shot for me but one that brings out the nature and character of some of my favourite rock; Lewisian gneiss. On the east side of Farr Bay Lewisian gneiss outcrops forming sharp jagged stacks and ridges on the foreshore below the cliffs. The background of the bay is over exposed, blown out, with a 2 second shutter speed in the early evening. The rich pinkness of the rocks stand out against the moving waters and the rock conveys something of the ancient. The Lewisian gneisses are the oldest rocks outcropping in the UK and range from around 3 to 1.7 billion years old. They most usually outcrop in the far west of the Highlands and in the western isles, including Lewis, but at Bettyhill have been caught up in the younger Moine rocks by ancient thrusting and folding and are part of the ‘Lewisian inliers’.
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