The Cuiraing

August 2023

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In the north of Portree on the Isle of Skye stands the Trotternish Peninsula, the outstanding feature of which is a 30 kilometre long range of cliff-girt hills, the result of a huge landslip aeons ago. One of the gems of this landslip is the Cuiraing, often spelled 'Quiraing', which presents the walker with dramatic and unusual rock formations. The most rewarding route is a circular path, taking the low level path from the car park to view the cliffs and pinnacles, then returning by ascending to the plateau (an ascent of about 150 metres) to view the scene from above. In all, a walk of about 5 miles.

The start of the path

Heading towards the cliffs

The view back towards Bioda Buidhe and Cleat

Cleat and Bioda Buidhe

Overlooking the Prison towards Cleat and Bioda Buidhe

The Cuiraing cliffs come into view

Cuiraing cliffs

Steep slopes lead to the Pinnacle

Entering the Cuiraing basin

The Prison

The Pinnacle

Looking down on the Prison from the Pinnacle

Leac-nan Fionn

The cliffs of Leac-nan Fionn

Pinnacle Basin

The small lochan in Pinnacle Basin

Sron Vourlinn peeks from behind the Leac-nan Fionn cliffs

Sron Vourlinn - final summit at the end of the Ridge

View towards Staffin Bay from the slopes of Meall nan Suiramach

The Table viewed from
the Meall nan Suiramach plateau

Looking over The Table towards the Cuiraing Pinnacle

Crags and pinnacles surround The Table viewed from
the Meall nan Suiramach plateau