Hiking the Quiraing Circuit on the Isle of Skye

Hiking the Quiraing Circuit on the Isle of Skye

Our time on Skye didn’t end with hiking the Storr, we had a lot more ground to cover and next up was hiking the Quiraing circuit and Summit.

 

Why the Quiraing Circuit?

The popular circuit has been floating around my Instagram feed for a year or so now. I kept seeing that spectacular view and at some point I must have noted it down because I knew before I had even crossed the Skye bridge that we’d be hiking the Quiraing Circuit. Now once I got past the Instagram pics and did a little research, I found there were a lot more astounding views, hidden plateaus and geographical oddities. And so that was that, did I really have another option?

 

Hiking the Quiraing Circuit and summit, isle of Skye, Scotland
Quiraing Circuit from the Road

Good?

Mind-blowingly good! Apart from misunderstanding the word ‘circuit’ and doubling back on ourselves virtually doing the best bit of the hike twice (is that even a bad thing?), we were continually overwhelmed by the imposing grandeur of the landscape. Like The Storr, the Quiraing circuit ambles in, around and on top of the Trotternish ridge, an uncanny escarpment caused by many landslips. The carnage years of gravity and unsteady earth have left behind is a geographic masterpiece. On the hike you pass the needle: a sharp 30m pinnacle, the Prison: a pyramid shaped rock said to look like an ancient fort and then there was the most impressive of all, the Table: a football field sized plateau that once used by the Scots to stash their sheep away from nosey Vikings. And those are just the named highlights, there were so many shapes and escarpments where we just stood in amazement.

 

Tips: We accepted that there was a well trodden path and that was the end of the loop research. What we didn’t know is there are multiple additions to the hike which can easily off route you. Keep it simple and follow the Walking Highlands guide.

 

Hiking the Quiraing Circuit and summit, isle of Skye, Scotland
Near the beginning of the circuit

 

Quiraing or The Storr?

The simple answer is…. do both. They are extremely different from each other with equal benefits for hiking either one of them. I adored both and our road trip in Skye wouldn’t have been as good without either one. If you are short of time skip the Fairy Pools, Fairy Glen and Mealt Falls. They are cute places in their own right but the incredible images you see of them are hyper edited by photographers who obsess with their long exposure 😛 – These places don’t look like that in real life but Quiraing and The Storr do!

 

Hiking the Quiraing Circuit and summit, isle of Skye, Scotland
Near the Summit

 

Want to do it for yourself? Here are the stats for hiking the Quiraing Circuit

Length: 7km

Time: 2-4hrs

Assent: 340m

Path?: There is a path the entire circuit but watch out for offshoots. Follow my tips above.

Prue and Becks Difficulty rating: 2/5

Starting point: Type in Google maps ‘Parking for Quiraing, Portree’ .. it’s that easy!

 

Hiking the Quiraing Circuit and summit, isle of Skye, Scotland

Hiking the Quiraing Circuit and summit, isle of Skye, Scotland

 

Hiking the Quiraing Circuit and summit, isle of Skye, Scotland

 

Hiking the Quiraing Circuit and summit, isle of Skye, Scotland

Hiking the Quiraing Circuit and summit, isle of Skye, Scotland

 

Hiking the Quiraing Circuit and summit, isle of Skye, Scotland

Hiking the Quiraing Circuit and summit, isle of Skye, Scotland

Hiking the Quiraing Circuit and summit, isle of Skye, Scotland

 

 


 

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Prue Sinclair is a twenty-eight year old Aussie who for the past seven years has been exploring the furthermost reaches of the World. Living anywhere but her homeland, she now resides somewhere in the UK where she writes about the adventures of her Ultimate British Road Trip. Her message is simple: You can get anywhere on any budget, you just need to think outside the box. You can trust she's finding her way to somewhere lesser-known and writing a 'How To' guide.

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