Neist Point and Ullinish

On Friday we went to Neist Point, the most westerly point on Skye,  where I added a number of records but failed to re-find the Anagllis tenella (Bog Pimpenel).  We were lucky to see a pod of Minke Whales disporting themselves just offshore and could have watched them for hours.  Poor photo:

Minke

Minke

 

Another highspot was the sighting of three Arctic Skuas, though the resident gulls were less pleased.

Other views of Neist Point:

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In the evening we dined at Ullinish Country Lodge Hotel  which was up to its usual high standards of food. Outside I spotted Glechoma hederacea (Ground-ivy), a known site but the first post-1999 record on Skye, and Senecio sylvaticus (Heath Groundsel) which is scattered on waste ground, forest tracks and at the top of sandy shores.

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