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    Belnahua (Beul na h-Uamha) meaning 'the mouth of the cave' is one of the Slate Islands in the Firth of Lorn, Scotland.

    From Wiki:

    Known for its slate quarries Belnahua lies 1.5 miles (2.4 km) north west of Luing west of Argyll, and east of the Garvellachs. Although it once had a population of nearly 200 people, it has been uninhabited since World War I. Famed for its slate, the island has been considerably denuded by its quarrying. Deep water-filled cuttings and the ruined slate workers cottages remain as a testament of this industry.

    There is a jetty to the east and an extensive drying reef to the north west. The Latvian vessel Helena Faulbaums foundered on the reef in 1936, with the loss of 16 lives.

    A quiet home for local wildlife, the island is occasionally a stop off for local fisher folk and tourists. It is currently owned by the Carling family.

    OS grid reference: NM713127

    Demetrios Georgalas aka brexians, and 11 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. Different Light Photography [different-light.com] 69 months ago | reply

      Wonderful! Enough of these though please, I'm jealous!!!

    2. mijoli 69 months ago | reply

      Google Earth had better look to its laurels.

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    3. Chee Seong 69 months ago | reply

      Wow! Where did u shoot this from?

    4. adthom 69 months ago | reply

      Is this a picture of a postcard?

    5. kudaker 69 months ago | reply

      gorgeous view of such an amazing place...

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    6. antsplan 69 months ago | reply

      thanks Greig, it was an amazing experience.

      Michael - I'll take the job ;-)

      Chee, this was from a small aircraft flight i was very very lucky to have gone on.

      Thom, no this is a bona fide image, 100% real.

      Thank you guys, much appreciated.

    7. bejey 69 months ago | reply

      Beautiful compo and I love i.e. to see the fundament of the Island in the sea.

    8. WorldIslandInfo.com 69 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Islands on Islands, and we'd love to have this added to the group -- it is unusually small to have an islet in a lake.

    9. The Canon 69 months ago | reply

      A mixture of feelings when I see this: the beauty of a place that you know is silent except for the sea and the birds, but also frustration at the effect of the slate quarrying....
      Whatever the feelings, though, the quality of the photograph is superb.

    10. Suddhajit 69 months ago | reply

      You nailed this aerial image perfectly!

    11. A.Shairp 48 months ago | reply

      As a local to the slate isles, I just can't appreciate how one could be frustrated by the effect of the quarrying. The industry is what kept a lot of the west coast of Scotland afloat for generations and product of which can be seen in such historic and culturally significant landmarks as Iona Abbey. To be quite honest, as a professional photographer (who makes a substantial living from the landscapes around this area) the quarries and quarrier's houses are what make these particular islands not only unique, but fundamentally more profound and beautiful than others around them.

      I could also correct you on saying that "the quality of the photograph is superb), as technically and artistically, the photo is no more than mediocre.

      Much love and peaceful inspiration
      A.S.

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