The Formation of Dalriada

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Place Category: History and Bronze Age & Prehistoric sites

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  • “Knaps” and “dales” are shaped by folded Dalradian Schists (metamorphosed marine sediments). Here lie lochans, long sea lochs and hills. Each is different, supporting a variety of habitats and wildlife. When the river that drained Loch Awe down to Loch Crinan was blocked by an ice wall during the last ice age the water burst through the Pass of Brander where today it runs to the sea 50 miles to the north. Huge gravel banks flank the old route, now a fertile glen and a vast raised bog and salt marsh, the Moine Mhor lies on the old seabed.

    To watch a short video on the formation of Dalriada, click here

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