oil on canvas,
100cm x 30cm,
Iain White, 2015,
The Kyle of Durness is a shallow sandy N-S orientated embayment, at the marine mouth of Strath Dionard. During the maximum extend of the last Glacial phase of the Quaternary it was occupied by a major ice stream emanating from Strath Dionard. Towards the head of the estuary, remnants of deltaic sediments are seen; the extension of the outwash sandur valley fill seen in Strath Dionard.
Much of the Kyle, however, is bounded by exposed bedrock with knolls of Cambrian dolostone and quartzites seen to protrude through sediment cover at the head of the Kyle. Quaternary sediment cover is thickest over the eastern flank of Strath Dionard and towards the North coast where till overlies Ordovician dolostones of the Durness Group (formally known as the Durness Limestone).
In the distance the northern peaks of Foinne Bheinn (Foinaven) form the horizon and to the left of the picture the land rises to the summit ridge of Spionnaidh (Spionnich) and Grann Stacach (Cranstackie)