Destination of the Month: The Quiraing, Skye
Trotternish Ridge, Isle of Skye
Pack your sturdy walking boots and take an epic hike in this awe-inspiring landscape
Words by Susie Kearley
For some of Skye’s best vistas, visit Staffin, where a walk along the Trotternish Ridge to the Quiraing, leads you past some of the most amazing and remarkable natural sights in Scotland.
The landscape was created during the last Ice Age, when a massive landslide formed new rocks, peaks and valleys. Its features include towering cliff faces, a huge pointy rock called The Needle, and incredible views of the coast.
The Quiraing walk is a circular route, 4¼ miles long, and it typically takes two hours. It can be quite hard going in places, so it's only suitable for people who are reasonably fit. The trail is located in Trotternish, in the north of Skye, and can be started from Staffin or Uig, villages connected by a single-track road.
However, most people start in the popular car park located between the two villages (or find a spot on the road nearby if the car park is full). Even the views from the car park are amazing!
The walk should only be attempted in fine weather as the cliffs can be dangerous in high winds, rain, or mist.
Step-by-step directions are available online.
Where to stay
Prices: Couple, Electric Hook-up, Per Night
Staffin Caravan & Site
Staffin, Isle of Skye IV51 9JX
T 01470 562213
Open: April to October
Price: From £20 (EHU, couple)
This campsite in Staffin is nestled among some of the most beautiful and rugged scenery on the island.
It's below the Trotternish Ridge, with views over the Hebridean Minch, and is close to Staffin Bay. The site has modern toilet facilities with free hot showers, and an information room.