Location: Isle of Skye, Scotland, UK
Length: 19.3 km
Wide: very narrow, only 1 lane available
Surface quality (out of 10): 8
Highest point: 540 m
Operating times: throughout the year
Route: Uig – Quiraing Pass – Staffin
The Quiraing Pass is a popular scenic drive located in the Island of Skye, northern Scotland. It connects the villages of Staffin and Uig over a distance of 19.3 km. The Quiraing is a landslip that reaches an altitude of 540 m, on the eastern side of Meall na Suiramach, one of the highest summits of the Trotternish Ridge.
The Quiraing Pass, along with the entire Trotternish Ridge, formed over time due to a series of massive landslides. Interestingly, the Quiraing is the only part of the slip that is still moving today. As a result, the road requires repairs each year at its base, near Flodigarry.
The Quiraing Pass – a real Scottish drive
As in many places on the Isle of Skye, the Vikings have left their mark here. In case you didn’t know, the word “Quiraing” comes from Old Norse, and it means “Round Fold”. The fold is located near a hidden elevated plateau called The Table and can be reached by foot. Because it cannot be seen from below, this fold was used by the locals hundred of years ago to hide sheep and cattle from the Viking raiders.
The road towards the pass is in good condition, but also extremely narrow and has only one track. With a maximum slope gradient of 17% and lots of tight bends, this is a dangerous road and will push your driving skills to the limit. But we are certain that this is something you will enjoy.
The Quiraing Pass road is accessible all year round but not recommended in case of windy weather or mist, due to low visibility.
The route towards Quiraing Pass
Starting from Staffin, the road winds upwards along the steep massif. After driving a distance of 4 km you will reach the Quiraing Pass where you will find and a spectacular viewpoint. There is also a parking lot that can become crowded in mid-summer, so you may need to drive further to find a spot.
Most of all, you will be amazed by the magnificent view over the Trotternish Ridge and the bay of Staffin, so make sure you don’t forget your camera. From here you can either take a walk higher up in the mountains or drive further and circle The Quiraing while you’re heading towards Uig. The Quiraing Pass offers a unique drive to those that want to see Scotland’s beauty.
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