Quiraing landslip, Trotternish, Skye

This evening, I am posting information on the spectacular Trotternish (Trondairnis in Gaelic) area of the Isle of Skye off Scotland’s West Coast.Trotternish forms the northernmost peninsula or ‘wing’ of Skye. (The island is also known as the ‘winged island’ due to its geography.)

Name Origin

Ness is a word of Germanic origin meaning point or headland.The full name means ‘Thrond’s Ness’ ( cf Trondheim in Norway.)

Gaelic Speakers

About sixty per cent of the Trotternish population claim to speak Gaelic.


Skye is predominantly volcanic in origin with lava flows covering 400 square miles which are typified by table-topped hills. The lava has a thickness of 2000 feet which extends into the Trotternish region before terminating in a stark escarpment above Mesozoic sediments. The escarpment in eastern Trotternish provides examples of land slips where great masses of heavy basalt have slipped over weaker underlying Jurassic sediments to create very irregular topography as illustrated in the Quiraing and the Storr.

Old Man of Storr, Trotternish, Skye.

The Storr, Trotternish, Skye, Scotland.

Quiraing, Skye


The principal settlements in Trotternish are Portree (often considered the capital of Skye), Uig (a ferry port) and Staffin.


In addition to the geology and scenery, fossilised dinosaur footprints from the Jurassic period have been found at Staffin.

Visitor Sites

Skye Museum of Island Life.

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