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Staggering beauty

Pic of the Week: 28 February 2018

Wild stag overlooking Loch Torridon and the Wester Ross mountains

A stag overlooks Loch Torridon and the surrounding Torridon Hills in the breathtaking Wester Ross mountain range in north-western Scotland.

Loch Torridon is a sea loch, opening into the Inner Sound between Skye and the Applecross Peninsula on the Scottish mainland. The Inner Sound contains the deepest of the UK’s territorial waters, reaching a maximum depth of 323 metres (1,062 feet). The loch is an important fishery for salmon and prawns, as well as mussels and other shellfish.

Meanwhile the rocks on which the stag is standing are among the oldest in Britain. Torridonian sandstone dates to about 950-1,100 million years ago. The rock below it, Lewisian gneiss, is even older: at an estimated 2.4 thousand million years, it’s more than twice as old, or half the age of the Earth itself!

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