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Cnoc Slapin near Torrin
 

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Cnoc Slapin near Torrin - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT

Panorama taken from the top of Cnoc Slapin near Torrin on Skye. The picture, taken on a sunny day in May 2009, shows the view over Loch Slapin to the Cullin Hills as well as the countryside near Torrin.

Cnoc Slapin near Torrin - FURTHER INFORMATION

Cnoc Slapin near Torrin - Skye visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Cnoc Slapin near Torrin' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Highland.

Torrin (Na Torran in Gaelic) is a small crofting village on the edge of Loch Slapin on the Isle of Skye. Most people simply pass through it on the way to Elgol, but the village includes a number of self catering and Bed and Breakfast (B&B) places with relatively easy access to the Cullin Hills around Loch Slapin.

Torrin is dominated by views of Blaven (Blà Bheinn) which rises on the western side of the loch to a height of 928m. North of Torrin are also Beinn Dearg (709m), Beinn Dearg Bheag (582m) and Beinn na Cro (572). All of these hills are clearly visible in this panorama which was taken from the top of Cnoc Slapin, a small hill just west of the village which provides dramatic views of the surrounding area.

In Torrin are the remains of Dun Beag broch (not to be confused with Dun Beag overlooking Loch Bracadale near Dunvegan). Nearby isCamas Malag, an SSSI with a lovely coastal walk pass Dun Kearstach to Suisnish and Calman Cave.

Torrin was a base for marble quarrying on Skye and used to have two quarries. The smaller one, based at Cnoc Slapin, opened in 1951 and is now closed. The other quarry still operates producing Skye Marble, which is rich in lime and magnesium. It is visible on the road to Camas Malag east of the village. At one time a railway ran from here back to the Old Pier in Broadford.

TRAVEL DIRECTIONS AND GETTING THERE

Torrin lies on the B8083 about 5 miles south of Broadford and 9 miles north of Elgol. Between Broadford and Torrin you will pass a chambered cairn, the ruins of Cill Chriosd church and Loch Cill Chriosd.



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