Flodigarry

Flòdaigearraidh
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Flodigarry

People have been crofting in Flodigarry since 1909 when the farm was divided into crofts. Descendants of those original families still live here and work the land today.

Flodigarry shoreline is a good place to find fossils. There is an active landslip around Flodigarry and new fossils turn up all the time. The bones of 165-million-year-old Plesiosaur and Ichthyosaur sea reptiles have been found here.

A path takes you from the township of Flòdaigearraidh to its scenic and rocky shore. From here you can take in views of Eilean Fhlòdaigearraidh and on a clear day, the mountains of the west coast of mainland Scotland beyond.

For millions of years, there has been a localised geological slippage, which is still ongoing today. This phenomenon is caused by the distinctive soft layers of Jurassic rock being crushed by the heavy overlying lavas.

On your return, rising above you to the west is the Quiraing; centre-stage in a theatre of geology and backdrop to the rhythms of crofting life through the generations.

Did you know?

Flodigarry has evidence of Early Christian sites. Martin Martin records that there was a chapel here dedicated to Saint Turos/Doras. The stretch of water between the island and the shoreline is called Poll Dorais the pool of Doras. Two of the most celebrated saints Columba and Mo Luag are commemorated in place-names near to Staffin.

People from this township remember planting potatoes where the sea is now. An abundance of fossil debris can be found on our rocky shore. Please contact The Staffin Dinosaur Museum if you discover an interesting find.

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