GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Quiraing Walk

4 miles (6 km)

This classic Isle of Skye circular hike climbs to the Quiraing in the northern part of the island. The Quiraingis notable as the northernmost summit of theTrotternish on the island. The views from this distinctive landscape are simply stunning making it a walking highlight of the country.
The route runs for about 4 miles so the time to walk it all should take between 2-4 hours depending on your experience level. You can start the walk from The Quiraing Car Park located at a postcode of IV51 9LB for your sat navs. Then follow the trails north east to visit thePrison and the Needle before looping around to complete the circuit.

Quiraing OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Quiraing Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

For another fine climb on the island head to the wonderful Old Man of Storr. The delightful Fairy Pools and Fairy Glen are other less strenuous but worthy walks on the island.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Isle of Skye Walks page.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby

Photos

Schotland Quirang 14-05-2010 14-32-25

Schotland Quirang

The Prison - geograph.org.uk - 945803

The Prison

The Quiraing - geograph.org.uk - 1466566

The Quiraing. 'The Fortress' can be seen centre shot, with the lower path approaching it heading towards it from lower right.

Quiraing - geograph.org.uk - 1470596

The front of the Quiraing seen from Dun Mor. The way in which the pinnacles, passages and secret places have been formed by landslip and shearing is evident from here.

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The Prison. A pyramidal rocky peak which looks like a medievalkeepwhen viewed from the right angle – the ascent of this is quite a challenging scramble. Looking from the centre of the Prison to the sharp peak of its western summit. Behind it is the cliffline of Meall na Suiramach

View south east from near Meall na Suiramach - geograph.org.uk - 606646

View south east from near Meall na Suiramach. Taken from the cliff tops above the Quiraing, looking out over the Table to the distant townships of Staffin.

Looking south from the slopes of Meall na Suiramach - geograph.org.uk - 864073

Looking south from the slopes of Meall na Suiramach. A thin path along the cliff edge from the road, leads above the Quiraing and offers fine views southwards along the Trotternish Ridge.

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Stile below the Needle. The Needle is a distinctive jagged 120-foot-high (37m) landmark pinnacle. The view of a stile on the footpath to the Quiraing, with the Needle in the background. The area is well used by walkers and a well built stile takes walkers over the fence which leads up from the Prison.

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

Quiraing.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>'Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Share>Save to Files')

Memory Map Route

Quiraing.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>'Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Share>Save to Files)