No trip to Scotland is complete without a visit to the Isle of Skye and in particular the Quiraing. Situated in the north of the island in an area known as “trotternish” formed by a massive landslip which has created high cliffs, hidden plateaus and pinnacles of rock.
This surreal landscape has featured in films such as the BFG, Macbeth, Stardust, The land that time forgot, Snow White and the Huntsman, 47 Ronin, King Arthur and Transformers. The area features places including the famous Rock Pinnacle, The Needle, The Hidden Plateau of The Table and The Prison.
Known as Cuith – Raing (Scottish Gaelic) this part of the Trotternish is still moving to this day and the road at its base near Flodigarry, requires repairs each year. A true walkers and photographers paradise that everybody should at least visit once in a lifetime.
Recent work on the car park now means the Quiraing can now accommodate more visitors given its huge popularity. There was once a time where you had to get up very early or visit very late to be guaranteed a parking spot.
Given its popularity do not let this put you off walking the Quiraing, given most people only walk a few yards on to it to take pictures. I found the full walking route to be less populated and it gave me the tranquillity and space to enjoy the amazing views.
The walk is fairly simple and is a loop of around 6k, with only one moderate ascent. Unfortunately, with most areas the route above the Quiraing can be muddy and boggy so make sure you have decent footwear you don’t mind getting dirty. I camped on the Quiraing and never actually planned to do the full walk. When I did it, it was off impulse and I had my trainers on which were ruined afterwards so be warned.
Although this walk is accessible to the average walker, there is a steep ascent towards Meall na Suiramach and I noticed an Indian family struggling to navigate the ascent and especially the poor grandmother. If you have never walked further than a few hundred metres then although this walk is fair tame, you may struggle, so bear that in mind.
Walking through the Quiraing is like nothing you have ever experienced before and it looks prehistoric and Jurassic which as possibly made it popular with so many filmmakers over the years. There was actually a film crew there during my visit.
If you have the weather like I did on my visit the views across to the Outer Hebrides and Raasay make for pleasant viewing. I have been here many times and the weather is normally very unpredictable which if you are into photography like me, can make for some interesting moody images.
You can camp on the Quiraing so if you want to make a day and night of it then I would highly recommend doing so given the Sunrise during the summer months. If there is one thing you must do in a lifetime is walk this amazing part of Scotland.