We are in the Isle of Skye, Scotland. Here there are lot of icons of the past, as ruined castles that are hundreds of years old stand atop an unusual topography shaped by glaciers during the last Ice Age, or the pictoresque Old Man of Storr, said to be the gravesite of an ancient giant. The island, famous for its dramatic landscapes, was recently voted the most desirable place in Britain to live. But the land holds traces of an even more ancient past as well.
It seems that dinosaurs bigger than a double-decker bus, before died out, roamed this breathtaking stretch of land and, fortunately, you can still find marks of their presence in a few places on the island.
Sometimes the footprints are hard to find because the tide covers them with seaweed or sand, so you may have to scour about a little. The best time to see them is after a winter storm, when the sea has swept the sand away, but it’s worth a look at any time. Once you find one, you will soon see the others and be able to connect with these legendary, lost creatures.
There are a few places to find the dinosaur prints on the Island. For istance, on An Corran, you can see prints on rocks not far from the ramp. These three-toed prints belonged to a family of ornithopods, which were two-legged herbivores. You can also visit Score Bay to see prints from sauropods, which are from the same family as the very popular brontosaurus and diplodocus.
In 2015, there was a major discovery of fossilised dinosaur footprints on the shore just south of Duntulm Castle, at the north end of Trotternish. They are prints of sauropods, a group of huge, long-necked dinosaurs that includes the brontosaurus and brachiosaurus.
These footprints are about 170 million years old, dated back to the Jurassic Period. Some of these are quite big, and it’s believed to be the largest dinosaur trackway in Scotland and among the very best tracks of their kind in the world.
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