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Kilt Rock Skye

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Kilt Rock is on the northeast coast of the Isle of Skye, 15 miles north of Portree. The Staffin Museum is 300 yards north of Kilt Rock where you can view Dinosaur Fossils, and Staffin Beach is 3 miles north where you can look for Dinosaur Footprints. Postcode: IV51 9JE

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The image top is of the Kilt Rock Viewpoint with a fast food mobile bar on the left at the car park. This car park was being enlarged in 2023.

The second image is from the Viewpoint looking at the 55m / 180ft Mealt Falls 50 yards north, fed by water from Loch Mealt, this image being taken during a dry spell, so not much water from the Falls. Large Drone Image with more water.

Kilt Rock is best visited early in the morning when sunny as the sun hits the cliffs showing the different layers of rock, in different colours, said to look like a Tartan Pleated Kilt.

The Cliffs are 90 metres / 295 ft high, made up of sea-weathered basalt columns.

This is an area where many Dinosaur Fossils have been found.

200 million years ago, most land and sea species on Earth became extinct through an unknown event. This led to Dinosaurs becoming the main species on Earth for about the next 135 million years.

At this time, the Earth was mainly one large Continent named the Panagaea, with the UK in the centre of that continent, close to the Equator, real warm and humid.

175 million years back, the Pangaea began to break apart, leading to the Continents we see today. The UK and Europe part of the Continent slowly drifted north to a much cooler zone. Many best known Dinosaur groups such as the fearsome Tyrannosaurs and the armour plated Stegosaurs evolved around this time.

65 millon years ago, Dinosaurs became extinct, probably as a result of a Meteor Impact in the area of Mexico.

115,000 years ago - the latest Ice Age began, covering much of Europe in Ice.

10,000 years ago - the Ice Age began to recede, leading to higher sea levels and the UK becoming an Island, with hundreds of smaller Islands around.

Skye is one of the few places in the world with fossil-bearing rocks from the Dinosaur period.

1982 - a 47cm / 18in long footprint believed to have been made by a two leg plant-eating Iguanodon was found on Skye, first evidence of Dinosaurs in Scotland.

2002, a footprint made by a small Ornithopod, two leg plant eating Dinosaur, was discovered by local woman Cathie Booth as she walked her dog at Staffin Bay.

Searches that followed in that area found another 15 footprints, up to 53cm / 21in long, thought to be from from a large two leg meat-eating predatory dinosaur similar to Megalosaurus.

Many of the top finds on Skye have been made by a local Dugie Ross who has been collecting fossils on Skye for around 40 years, with many on display in the Staffin Museum, half of a mile north of Kilt Rock.

2013 - Fossils were found of a new species of large Reptiles that were among the top Predators in the Sea at the time of Dinosaurs.

2015 - 70cm / 28in huge four leg plant-eating Sauropod footprints were found by Duntulm Castle on the far northwest of Skye, a very rare find of these largest animals ever to have lived.

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