oil on canvas,
100cm x 50cm,
Iain White, 2016
On Arcuil’s western flank the unconformity between the basal quartzite of the Cambrian and the ancient basement complex of the Lewisian Gneiss on which it rests is clearly visible dipping towards the south. Further south east along this cliff line the quartzites steepen from their foreland dip and thrust ramps may be identified by bedding cut-offs as the rocks are subjected to reverse faults (imbricates).
This view of Arcuil (Arkle) across Loch Stack is a popular subject for artists and photographers including HRH the Prince of Wales. The Reay Forest Estate in which Arcuil lies is part of the Grosvenor Estates owned by the Duke of Westminster. The 6th Duke (who died in 2016) was a friend of the Royal Family and Prince Charles had stayed at Lochmore Lodge near the estate village of Achfary and painted the watercolour of Arcuil in 1991 which subsequently featured on the 25 pence stamp in 1994