Holidays in Quiraing

Holiday Travel Guide
Quiraing featuring mountains and tranquil scenes

Beloved by hikers, this unusual landscape is dotted with fractured rock formations, shimmering lochs and a hidden grassy plateau.

Lace up your hiking boots for a walking adventure through the strange, otherworldly terrain of the Quiraing. Jagged rocks, craggy cliffs and odd-shaped ridges jut up from the grassy slopes. The elevated parts of the terrain offer spectacular panoramic views that extend over the high cliffs and out to sea.

The Quiraing’s distinctive appearance is the result of ancient landslips, which helped shaped its rocky crags and stacks. According to legend, locals used to hide their cattle here in a flat plateau hidden among the rocks to protect them from Viking raiders.

To begin exploring, follow the path leading from the parking lot, which will bring you into the midst of pinnacle-strewn landscape. As you walk, try to identify the most notable formations. Look for “the Prison,” a crumbling rock structure that, if seen from the right angle, looks a little like a medieval fortress.

Also of note is “the Needle,” a ragged spire formation. The Quiraing also conceals a flat, grass-carpeted plateau, known as “the Table,” among the jumble of rock towers. Brave and competent climbers can clamber up the scree on the east side to access the plateau. Otherwise, opt for the path around the west side.

Be aware that the trails here can be rocky and uneven and reaching some of the formations will require scrambling. Wear sturdy footwear and pack appropriate gear as the weather can quickly change.

Daredevil mountain bikers can also take to the trails of the Quiraing. Enjoy the rush as you pedal along narrow, precipitous paths, which lead past the wild scenery. Bear in mind that the paths are not purpose-built for biking, so be prepared to hop off and carry your bike where necessary.

The Quiraing is located on the Trotternish Peninsula on the Isle of Skye. Hikers hoping to tackle the Quiraing trails can begin their trek at the parking lot located on the road between Staffin and Uig. Driving here from Portree will take about 30 minutes. Arrive early during summer as parking spaces quickly fill.

114 Cheap Hotels Near Quiraing

Rosehip Cottage
Rosehip Cottage
3.5 out of 5
7 Digg, Portree, Scotland
Situated in Portree, this cottage is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Quiraing and within 12 miles (20 km) of Kilt Rock and Old Man of Storr.
Rosehip Cottage
Taste of the Sea on Skye
Taste of the Sea on Skye
7-8 Glasphein, Taste of the sea, Portree, SCT
Set in Portree, this family-friendly apartment building is within 9 mi (15 km) of Quiraing, Kilt Rock and Uig Pottery. Duntulm Castle and Flora Macdonald's Grave ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (4 reviews)
Breathtaking views in this beautiful & spacious property
"We had a marvellous time at Taste of the Sea in Staffin Bay. The property is recently renovated snd stylishly decorated. The kitchen-dining is large & well equipped, a perfect gathering space for meals. There is a separate utility which is ideal as a dumping ground for shoes, bags & coats, so that ..."

Reviewed on 14 Jul. 2021

Taste of the Sea on Skye
Gairloch View Holiday Cottages - 'kenmore' & 'anmara'
Gairloch View Holiday Cottages - 'kenmore' & 'anmara'
2.5 out of 5
3 Digg, Staffin, Portree, Scotland
Situated in Portree, this golf cottage is 2 mi (3.2 km) from Quiraing and within 12 miles (20 km) of Kilt Rock and Old Man of Storr.
Gairloch View Holiday Cottages - 'kenmore' & 'anmara'
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Top Quiraing Hotel & Accommodation Deals

Rosehip Cottage
Rosehip Cottage
3.5 out of 5
7 Digg, Portree, Scotland
Rosehip Cottage
Taste of the Sea on Skye
Taste of the Sea on Skye
7-8 Glasphein, Taste of the sea, Portree, SCT
Taste of the Sea on Skye
Gairloch View Holiday Cottages - 'kenmore' & 'anmara'
Gairloch View Holiday Cottages - 'kenmore' & 'anmara'
2.5 out of 5
3 Digg, Staffin, Portree, Scotland
Gairloch View Holiday Cottages - 'kenmore' & 'anmara'
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Staffin Bay View
3 out of 5
1 Sartle, Portree, Scotland
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Gairloch View B & B
Gairloch View B & B
3 out of 5
Gairloch View, 3 Digg, Staffin, Portree, Scotland
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3 bedroom accommodation in Staffin, near Portree
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The Barn
The Barn
3.5 out of 5
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The Barn
Amber's Cottage
Amber's Cottage
3.5 out of 5
25 Stenscholl Staffin, Portree, Scotland
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Vacation home Alan's House in North Skye - 4 persons, 2 bedrooms
Vacation home Alan's House in North Skye - 4 persons, 2 bedrooms
Address Provided by Property Manager, Portree, SCT
Vacation home Alan's House in North Skye - 4 persons, 2 bedrooms
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.