Hiking the Quiraing on the Isle of Skye

Hiking the Quiraing on the Isle of Skye

Ok, so I have a confession to make…this was my first proper trip to Scotland! Unless you count Edinburgh, which I know is Scotland, but what I mean is that this is my first trip to the highlands – real, rugged Scotland. So yes, shock horror…I live in the UK and until now had never managed to make it that far up north! Obviously this had to change, so earlier this month we headed up to the Isle of Skye for a few days with a group of friends.

Hiking the Quiraing on the Isle of Skye

Hiking the Quiraing on the Isle of Skye

While planning this trip, we spoke with lots of friends who we knew had been to Skye before and every time we told them where we were going, we received the same response telling us how amazing it is, how it feels like you’re on a different planet and how the landscape is so epic it will leave you lost for words. And we soon found out that all of the above is true!

Hiking the Quiraing on the Isle of Skye

Hiking the Quiraing on the Isle of Skye

Those who have been to the Isle of Skye can’t help but swoon over it’s jaw-dropping scenery. There doesn’t seem to be enough words to describe this island’s landscape…it is epic…it is other-worldly…it is almost too much to take in. The scenery is relentless, providing another amazing view around every corner. And as I’m sure everyone else has found, it is impossible to take a bad picture. The landscape simply does all the hard work for you.

Hiking the Quiraing on the Isle of Skye

Hiking the Quiraing on the Isle of Skye

Even the drive from Inverness airport over to Skye was beautiful, and the 3 hours driving went by so fast because we were so busy taking in the mountains and lochs passing by.

Hiking the Quiraing on the Isle of Skye

Hiking the Quiraing on the Isle of Skye

We managed to do a fair bit of hiking in the 5 days we were there, starting with the Quiraing, part of the Trotternish ridge. And what a place to start! The Quiraing walk is a fairly easy one to start off with, at only 6.8 km and taking just a couple of hours. Although the trail does involve a small amount of scrambling over loose shingle and rock, the path is generally easy, safe and fairly flat. This is a walk you can easily complete in a morning and still have time to head to the pub for a hearty lunch-time reward afterwards. Unless like us, you stop every 50 yards to take in the views, which are enough to take your breath away.

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Let me just say that if you’re a photography enthusiast, like a couple of members of our group, please please please bring your gear with you for this hike. You will not want to miss out on this opportunity to snap some awesome shots of the mountains, valleys, lochs and hills rolling out to sea. And with the trail being quite high up on the mountain side, you really do get a bird’s eye view of the land below and the mountains beyond.

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To make the walk a bit more interesting/difficult, we decided to climb up one of the pinnacles which jut out from the side of the cliff. And it also made for some pretty great photos.

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We later decided it would’ve been much better for the photographs if we had all worn brightly coloured jackets but alas, something to think of next time! And there will be a next time, as this is just the first of many trips to this under-rated island that completely bewitched us. I can’t wait to return!

P.S – Apologies for the bombardment of pictures, there are just too many, and I couldn’t choose which ones to share! All photos taken by myself & my hubby, Β James A Photography. Scroll down for the rest πŸ™‚

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14 thoughts on “Hiking the Quiraing on the Isle of Skye

      1. I could walk 24/7 just wandering through nature, I’ve never looked in my own country for beauty, till last month and it’s actually quite gorgeous (nature) xD and it’s only 45 minutes away from my home lol you just don’t take the time in your own country.

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      2. sometimes it feels like you need to travel a long distance for you to see something but it’s really not necessary πŸ™‚ in my other post “De Veluwe” this is around the corner but I have never ever seen something like this before in my life in my own country xD

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  1. I agree completely with your description of Skye! I was there last August and just couldn’t believe my eyes… I hiked the Quirang and then went on down the Trotternish Ridge to the Old Man of Storr, with wild camping on my way. I was unlucky that there was a pretty nasty weather and I was almost blown off the cliff πŸ˜‰ But the experience, the views.. words are just not enough! Gorgeous place.

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    1. Ah wow, wild camping sounds amazing! My husband is keen for us to do that next time. It’s definitely a beautiful place to camp. Any tips for wild camping on Skye? You’re right, words are not enough. I just want people to get up there and see it so they can appreciate what we mean!

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      1. Don’t do it in a bad weather! πŸ˜€ It’s hard to find non-boggy place, so the tent needs to have a good water isolation. You may want to read my whole post on the Trotternish Ridge adventure here: http://awomanafoot.com/index.php/2017/01/21/trotternish-ridge-isle-skye-scotland/ to decide by yourself. It was hard – but I was really unlucky. Next time I would actually choose not to camp out there – but hike early on and do the hole thing in one day. It’s an open ridge with very harsh winds and common heavy rains. There are easier places to camp on Skye… But in a beautiful weather it must be just marvelous to wake up to those views!

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