Quiraing, Isle of Skye, Scotland.

This evening, I am posting information on one of Scotland’s most spectacular landforms, namely the Quiraing on the Isle of Skye which lies off the west coast of Scotland. Summary information as follows:

  • Location is the Trotternish region of northern Skye where can be viewed one of the finest landslides in Britain. This feature was caused by a massive accumulation of basalt lavas from the Tertiary age forcing movement of weaker sedimentary rocks from the earlier Jurassic age. In addition to the landslide effect the movement created labyrinths of huge blocks and pinnacles carrying such names as Quiraing, Table, Needle, Prison and Old Man of Storr.
  • The movements are relatively recent in geological terms, having formed in the last 15000 years since the last period of glaciation.
  • Various interests and activities can be pursued here including bird watching, photography, mountain biking and hiking.

Buzzard at Quiraing, Skye

  • The Quiraing is accessed via a narrow, winding road via left turn after the village of Stenscholl. To gain an appreciation for this drive view video clip below.

Video clip of drive up tight mountain road from Stenscholl to the Quiraing.