Triple Buttress Torridon (Coire Mhic Fhearchair) – original oil painting by Julie Arbuckle
oil on canvas, framed
size: 50cm x 100cm x 5cm
The Triple Buttress can be found behind Beinn Eighe in Torridon, west Highlands of Scotland. The walk in is fairly long but easy going on a well maintained NTS footpath. The area of the Triple Buttress itself is often described as one of Scotland’s most impressive corries – a natural amphitheatre with a cathedral like atmosphere, owing to the steep sides of the rock.
Of geological interest is the double unconformity which can be seen – particularly the division between the blue quartzite on the upper part of the mountain and the red Torridonian Sandstone. This change in rock, from the red to the grey/blue is representative of c. 460 million years! I find unconformities fascinating and have written a little about them before on my blog. That they are ancient natural calendars which illustrate mind-bogglingly deep time just fills me full of wonder and awe.