Mountain biking is fun, but this is ridiculous!
This is Danny Macaskill on the Inaccessible Pinnacle on the Isle of Skye.
He is a great mountain biker, but he had to carry the bike up the last part of this scary peak.
The Isle of Skye
is an island off the west coast of Scotland. It's the largest of the Inner Hebrides
, and the most northerly of the large islands in this group. In the center of this island is a mountain range called the Cuillins
, and the Inaccessible Pinnacle
sits among these.
Skye has been occupied since Mesolithic times, and it appears in Norse poetry, for example in this romantic line:"The hunger battle-birds were filled in Skye with blood of foemen killed."
Almost a third of the inhabitants still speak Gaelic, and apart from a few bigger towns, the population lives in crofting townships scattered around the coastline. "Crofting"? Yeah, a croft
is a small farm with a wall around it.
The only distillery on the Isle of Skye is the Talisker Distillery
, which makes a rather famous single malt Scotch whisky. It's in a village on the south shore.
I've always been fascinated by the Inner Hebrides and the even more exotic-sounding Outer Hebrides. I'm annoyed at how all my visits to the British Isles have only taken me to the lofty centers of academe, not islands like this. I don't know much about them, but anything that remote appeals to me: inaccessible pinnacles, inaccessible cardinals, the Taklamakan desert, the underground oceans of Europa....
You can see Danny Macaskill's whole journey along the Cuillin Ridgeline here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQ_IQS3VKjA
Pretty impressive! Beautiful scenery, too!