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MORE ABOUT COLONSAY "MacPHEES"

Here is a handy map of the MacPhees (or MacPhies!)

These are the hills in Colonsay that exceed 300 ft; according to the geological map, the following details might be of interest (and perhaps readers can add further information?). All Ordnance Survey references are prefixed NR, and the figures in square brackets are updates in May 2020, just checking:

The MacPhees

•  A' Bheinn Bheag 109m 407986 [NR 40714 98616]

•  Carn an Eoin 143m 409985 [NR 40915 98469]

•  A' Bheinn Bhreac 122m 415987 [NR 41486 98684]

•  A' Mhaol Bhuidhe 100m 417983 [or choose NR 41454 98423, 102m]

All above are of Kiloran Flags formation... "flaggy fine sandstones with thin interbedded phyllites and metasiltstones. Rare limestones near top".

 

•  Cnoc Mór Charraig nan Darach 92m 413973 [NR 41317 97252]

Milbuie Arkose formation... "Arkosic sandstones".

 

•  Dùn Dubh, a' Phàirc Gharbh 104m 407971 [NR 40747 97121]

•  Beinn nam Fitheach 105m 407967 [NR 40744 96652]

Kilchattan formation... "phyllites, with sandstones.... thin carbonate lenses occur in the phyllites".

 

•  Beinn a' Sgoltaire 125m 392975

•  Beinn Uragaig 120m 385976

•  A' Bheinn a Tuath 120m 381971

Are of Kiloran Flags formation... "flaggy fine sandstones with thin interbedded phyllites and metasiltstones. Rare limestones near top".

 

•  A' Bheinn Bhreach 139m 375972

•  Cnoc Mull-araich 100m 370965

Kilchattan formation, but with "thick lenses of arkosic sandstone in phyllite, conglomeratic locally at base...".

 

•  Binnean Riabhach 117m 364964

•  Carn Mór 134m 373947

Siliceous phyllites within the Kilchattan formation.

 

•  Beinn nan Caorach 126m 366941

•  Cnoc a' Raon a' Bhuilg 120m 372942

"Thick metamudstones with interbedded fine sandstones", lying within the Machrins formation of "white weathering arkosic sandstones, commonly pebbly".

 

•  Carn na Cainnle 116m 381945

Siliceous phyllites within the Kilchattan formation.

 

•  Beinn nan Gudairean 136m 388950

•  Carn nan Caorach 110m 392948

•  Cnoc an t-Samhlaidh 93m 383926

Kiloran Flags formation... "flaggy fine sandstones with thin interbedded phyllites and metasiltstones. Rare limestones near top".

 

•  Beinn Eibhne 98m 378904

Kilchattan formation, but with "thick lenses of arkosic sandstone in phyllite, conglomeratic locally at base...".