Hike the Quiraing on the Isle of Skye

The Quiraing, Highland, United Kingdom

  • Activities:

    Chillin, Camping, Photography, Snowshoeing, Backpacking, Hiking, Fitness, Rock Climbing

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Year Round

  • Trail Type:

    Loop

  • RT Distance:

    3.5 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    1115.5 Feet

Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Groups
Picnic Area
Romantic
Scenic
Wildflowers

This is an amazing hike around the Quiraing, along the Trotternish Ridge on the northernmost reaches of the Isle of Skye.  This is some of the best scenery Scotland has to offer, and is the setting for many films over time.

The trailhead for The Quiraing starts at the summit of the road between Staffin and Uig.  Descend towards the Quiraing and loop around through the sheep's gate along the ridge back to your car.  There is minor elevation gain on the way back, but you are rewarded with amazing views of the isle.  It's recommended to take some good boots to make the entire loop.

Feel free to bring a frisbee and toss it on the little glen sandwiched between the cliffs, or a picnic to enjoy the view from the top.  There are old sheep fences built of rock to admire and gorgeous views in every direction.  Make sure to pack water, as there are only a few small muddy springs along the path, with a few smaller lochs on the eastern side. down the hill.

A small camping area is available to the south of the trailhead not far from the road.  Camping is also available around throughout the ridge.  Make sure you're not trespassing on private property though.  Sheep also abound all over the isle, so be aware of that.  Enjoy your stay.  Several Hollywood films have been filmed here.  Make sure to take any trash and help preserve the beauty of the Isle of Skye.

Pack List

  • Hiking Shoes
  • Camera
  • Rain-proof clothing
  • Tripod
  • Water
  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag
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This place feels like something out of a fantasy novel. It is truely breathtaking. Even the drive to the pass summit is worth it, but take a hike down onto the Quiarang and it is something you will never forget. We got hit by 2 MASSIVE hail storms, which just made the whole scene even more incredible.

6 months ago
6 months ago

SUCH a beautiful place, you have to make sure you spend time in Quiraing during your stay at the Isle. In fact, you have to make sure you spend time everywhere in the Isle. I would recommend taking a tour of the Isle first, and then hiking around on your own (if you have the liberties of a car). The tour I got was through a local woman who runs her own tour company by herself. Really intimate and open experience, she takes you everywhere (including hidden spots, cultural treasures) and you have the freedom to choose specific spots yourself as well. Added the link below in case anyone is interested. http://www.love-skye.com

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

Michael Johnston

Instagram: @michaeljamie Photographer from Springville, UT. Lover of kayaking, hiking, backpacking, camping, and mountain biking.

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