Neist Point

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Neist Point

Neist Point (Scottish Gaelic: Rubha na h-Eist) is a popular viewpoint on the most westerly point of Skye. Neist Point Lighthouse has been located there since 1909.

Geography[edit]

Neist Point is the most westerly point on the Duirinish peninsula on the Isle of Skye.[1] It projects into The Minch and provides a popular walk and viewpoint.[2]

Natural history[edit]

Basalt at Neist Point is very similar to that at the Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland.[1] A steep path leads down from the road.

It is a good place to see whales, dolphins, porpoises and basking shark. Common sea-birds include Gannets, Black Guillemots, Razorbills and European Shags. Several rare plants, including saxifrages are found on the point.

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Andrew Stables. "Neist Point and Lighthouse". Retrieved 15 January 2011. 
  2. ^ "Neist Point". Skye Guide. Retrieved 15 January 2011. 

Coordinates: 57°25′16″N 6°47′13″W / 57.421°N 6.787°W / 57.421; -6.787