Less than 4 months ago Glen Sligachan and Glen Drynoch were subjected to a huge accidental fire, which closed the road for a 5 mile stretch from Sligachan to the Carbost turn-off. My own house is right in the middle of that stretch of road, and there was significant concern on my part for it’s continued existence, especially when the nearby forestry caught light, tinder-dry from several weeks of no rainfall.

Cuillins on Fire May 2018
The Hills on fire

But the fire eventually burnt itself out (despite ‘jumping’ the main road), and left behind it a seemingly devastated patch of moorland, hillside and forestry several square miles across. After making sure it was completely out, and there was no sign of *sub-surface burning, I decided to take a few snaps of the aftermath…….

On the surface it looks barren and lifeless, an added layer of drama to an already imposing landscape, but the ground was teaming with life, insects mainly, including mayflies, dragonflies and an assortment of beatles, all scavenging, cleaning and pro-creating. Nature wastes no time in starting over…..

Fast forward to now (September) and this is how it looks……

Fully regenerated, the heather and moorland is more verdant and full of life than it’s been in many a year. Nature can take care of itself…..but does this also help the argument for the ‘falaisg’……..

*sub-surface peat and coal burning is a fascinating subject in its own right, Google it for some eyebrow-raising facts and figures.