Quiraing Pass a stunning road on the Isle of Skye.

Quiraing Pass
Quiraing Pass

The Quiraing Pass is a popular picturesque road on northern Scotland’s Isle of Skye. It runs 19.3 kilometers between the communities of Staffin and Uig. On the eastern side of Meall na Suiramach, one of the highest summits of the Trotternish Ridge, the Quiraing is a 540-meter-high landslip.

There are also other dope roads in Scotland such as the Bealach Na Ba or the North Coast 500.

Where is Quiraing Pass located?

Quiraing Pass is a mountain pass with steep slopes and hairpin curves located in the Scottish Highlands region on the Isle of Skye, at an elevation of 261m (856ft) above sea level.

The road to the peak, which is located in the Scottish Highlands, is entirely paved and in good shape. From Stenscholl to Idrigill, the pass is 6.6 miles (10.62 kilometers) long and travels east-west.

The Vikings have left their imprint here, as they did in many other areas on the Isle of Skye. The name “Quiraing” comes from Old Norse and means “Round Fold,” in case you didn’t know. The fold is located near The Table, a secluded raised plateau that can only be reached on foot. This fold was utilized by locals hundreds of years ago to shelter sheep and livestock from Viking attackers since it could not be seen from below.

You can locate the Quiraing Pass on the map below:


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Information about Quiraing Pass :

The route to the summit is located on the eastern face of Meall na Suiramach, the Trotternishon’s northernmost summit, and it is extremely steep, reaching a maximum gradient of 14% through some of the ramps twisting uphill along the steep massif. It’s a tiny, twisting single-paved track with hairpin curves.

The road crosses through the Quiraing, also known as Cuith-Raing, a landslip on Skye’s northern coast. Over time, a series of landslips formed the entire crest. The Quiraing is still moving today, necessitating annual road repairs at the base. A wonderful view of the Quiraing and Staffin Bay can be seen from the pass. At the summit, there is a large parking lot. During the peak summer months, the route can get rather congested.

How to get to the road?

Starting at Staffin, the route climbs steeply up the massif. After a 4-kilometer drive, you’ll arrive at the Quiraing Pass, which features a breathtaking vista. There’s also a parking lot, which can get crowded in the middle of the summer, so you might have to drive a little further to locate a spot.

You can visualize how to get there on this map of the drive:

Quiraing Pass preview:

You can have a preview of that drive. Here is a YouTube video that shows a part of the road:

Quiraing Pass road conditions.

The Quiraing Pass road is open all year, however due to low visibility, it is not recommended in windy or foggy conditions. Also, the road may be closed during winter.

The trip is extremely picturesque, with spectacular views of the Trotternish Range. Plan on driving for roughly 20 minutes without stopping. The road winds over the terrain between the villages of Uig and Staffin, passing through some of Scotland’s most magnificent scenery. It’s a must-drive for anyone who appreciates beautiful natural scenery.

Above all, the breathtaking view over the Trotternish Ridge and the harbor of Staffin will astound you, so don’t forget your camera. From here, you may either go for a hike higher in the mountains or drive further and circle The Quiraing on your way to Uig. The Quiraing Pass provides a one-of-a-kind driving experience for anyone interested in seeing Scotland’s natural splendor.

Picture credit: By Nono vlf – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=76858235


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