Trotternish Ridge
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Austin, TX72 contributions
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Jun 2013 • Couples
The Trotternish peninsula on the north end of Skye is one of its most well-known tourist attractions, and with good reason, but that does mean some crowds during tourist season. Part of the road is single-track.
Start the loop from Portree so that the scenic highlights are in front of you. You will soon see the Old Man of Storr, a large pinnacle jutting into the air on a far hill. This iconic spot has a hiking trail associated with it that has a parking area along the road. We couldn't have missed it with all the cars parked and people headed up the trail.
As you travel along the road, take all of the turnouts for stunning cliffside views of sheer cliffs plunging straight down to the ocean below. Kilt Rock, another favorite tourist stop, has an amazing waterfall spilling off the clifftop and dropping straight down all the way to the ocean. The "Kilt Rock" itself, visible further along the cliffs from the waterfall, requires a bit more imagination to see the "kilt" plaid pattern in the rock.
Across from the walk to the diatomite works, on the ocean side of the road, the path out to the edge of the cliff is worth taking. From this path, you get a nice view of Lealt falls, and at the end, you can look down to the beach far below and see the factory ruins, not to mention a wonderful view of the ocean and surrounding islands.
In this area are two places that are great choices for a snack, lunch, or tea time. Columba 1400 in Staffin is a community center and cafe established to help local young people. All profits go to this, which is a good reason to patronize it, but the lunches (soups, sandwiches, etc.) and baked goods are fresh and tasty. The other Staffin place to try is the Small & Cosy Teahouse, which is a very special little tea house with beautiful fresh bakery treats (like lavender cake!) to go with excellent teas and coffee.
As you continue along the Trotternish road, you will come to the end of the peninsula with the ruins of Duntulm castle, which has a beautiful rocky beach area below it with fascinating tide pools full of bright red anemones and all kinds of other interesting plants and animals.
Beyond Duntulm castle, continue the drive around to the Museum of Island Life, an interesting stop with old croft houses that have been preserved and filled with all kinds of artifacts and history of island life. Just down the back road from the museum is an old graveyard with a monument to Flora MacDonald (if you don't know who she is, you will by the time you finish your visit to Skye!).
As you drive on around the peninsula, you will eventually come to the village of Uig, which is a very pretty harborside village with boats that travel to the Outer Hebrides islands, visible off the western end. Uig has some options for eating, including a good takeaway place with a big blue-and-white sign close to the dock. Uig also has a fun and easy hike, the Faerie Glen, just a mile or two out of town.
You can then continue this lovely drive all the way back into Portree.
(Alternatively, you can skip the loop to the end of the peninsula with Duntulm castle and the museum, and instead take a side road out of Staffin up through the rugged Quaraing hills and directly over to Uig. This is a very scenic drive, and worth doing if you have the time.)
The entire Trotternish loop offers a number of walks, from easy to strenuous. For an excellent website that describes the walks in detail, check http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/skye/.
Written July 16, 2013
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Scotlandmac
Glasgow, UK14,159 contributions
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Jan 2013 • Couples
The coastal road which winds north from Portree below the 30km Trotternish ridge (poss. translation Thrond’s Headland) is one of the most beautiful drives anywhere. The ridge itself offers one of the finest walks in the UK.
Within 6 miles the first stunning view of the highest point, The Storr (719m) comes into view beyond Loch Fada. It's one of the island’s iconic views. The walk up to The Old Man of Storr is about 45mins depending on fitness and very much worth it. An alternative for walkers with good boots is to park about a mile before the ‘main’ car park where there is a small waterfall and parking area and head across the moorland making for an obvious high level path which winds round and up onto the main ridge itself. The views from here alone are worth it but another 40mins uphill will take you onto The Storr summit itself. But don't go on a misty day - it's a disorienting place if your navigation skills are poor and you don't have a compass. This is golden eagle and sea eagle country.

Driving on, the ridge continues to provide a spectacular backdrop for the stunning coastal views which now open up. On a clear day you will see the mountains of Kintail, Applecross, Torridon and Gruinard sitting magnificently beyond the islands of Raasay and Rona. Further north again, Assynt comes into view. In short, most of the North West seaboard.
There are several parking spots up this coast but I’d recommend the one at Lealt above Inver Tote. The views to the mainland hills across the blue, blue sea with the Skye Cuillin etched in layers to the south, is stunning.
The Kilt Rock viewpoint is a little further on but I rarely stop, not being a fan of cliff edges (even if well protected).It’s a major tour bus stop though.
At Staffin, the minor road over to the Quiraing (pron.Koo-rang: the round fold) takes you right up to the top of one of the passes and what a viewpoint. Before this there is a very beautiful old graveyard which offers stunning views too and is very atmospheric. Most people walk from the top car park into the other-worldly Quiraing itself with the most fantastic rock formations in Britain. But I prefer heading up the opposite side onto the open rising moorland with its stunning views. This is fantastic wild camping country. Much, much quieter, very peaceful.
If you carry on along the main road to the north end of Skye, a fantastic drive also, Flodigarry Hotel sits in a lovely spot. It used to do pretty good bar lunches etc but it wasn’t so good when I was there in December 2012.Might be worth a stop though – the location alone is glorious. I’ve seen sea eagles in this area heading out to Eilean Flodigarry.
From a little further north on this road the mountains of Assynt come into view, albeit some distance away but still able to be picked out, particularly Suilven. If the weather’s clear and if heading instead over the hill road from the Quiraing to Uig, it’s worth detouring at the end of the road for a minute or so where there is a little right turn and pulling over where space allows to see the most fantastic vista over to Harris and Lewis with Skye’s crofting land providing a great foreground against the ocean and the big mountains of Harris etched wonderfully across the distant horizon.
Written April 18, 2013
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Railmon2
Bolton, Lancashire, England19 contributions
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Apr 2013 • Family
In other reviews, I make no secret of my love of the Island of Skye. But while many visitors like the majestic ruggedness of the Cullin Mountains in the south of the Island, I prefer the largely grassy but no less majestic aspects of this 16 mile series of mountains and peaks. I am 70 and still hang glide this hugely impressive geological feature, which has obvious volcanic origins. It is indeed unique in Europe.
On a very recent visit, I saw another aspect of the Ridge, I'd not experienced before, snow. This covering everything above 200 metres. Its rare to see it on the Trotternish because Skye is surrounded by the Atlantic gulf stream, so temperatures usually preclude snow, but on this occasion, it gave the whole range a surreal aspect.
I must emphasize that the reason the Trotternish is so attractive to older but active people, like myself is that it is so accessible without climbing gear and you can find hundreds of extremely spectacular walks and hikes with very varied degrees of ease or difficulty.
Usually stout footwear & clothing to suit the weather is all you need to access this truly beautiful area with its panoramic mountain & seascape views. I mentioned in a previous review, that you can see videos of much of that that I mention in the reviews, on my YouTube channel. My channel name is Railmon and I've just posted a new video called Skye High on the Trotternish.
I've been delighted to find many people have visited the places on Skye, I've particularly mentioned but have gone on to find their own little Shangrila's.
No single review can cover or do justice to the delights waiting for visitors to Skye, but I promise you that, subject to weather, you will definitely not be disappointed
Finally, I must mention an event to be run on the 29th of June this year, called the Trotternish challenge. It is to be a marathon race from Flodiggary at the Northern end of the Ridge, to Portree at the southern end and promises to be spectacular as well as extremely challenging as the name implies. It is the first time this event has been staged on this venue.
Written April 19, 2013
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Luv2TvlwU
Portland, OR213 contributions
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Sept 2014 • Couples
If you are visiting Skye, be sure to spend at least the better part of a day traveling the loop through the Trotternish Peninsula from Portree to Uig. The scenery is spectacular. You'll want to make several stops to take it all in. There's a lot to see: The Old Man of Storr, Kilt Rock, Flodigarry, Duntulm Castle, The Museum of Island Life, Flora MacDonald's grave, etc. We recommend packing a lunch and finding a place along the way to pull over and have a picnic.
Written November 4, 2014
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nursetommey1
Phoenix, AZ70 contributions
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Jul 2014 • Friends
We spent a magical day touring the Trotternish Peninsula, and were lucky that the weather was absolutely gorgeous. I got some amazing photos that day, from the Old Man of Storr, Kilt Rock, Quiraing, the Crofting Museum. We had a beautiful picnic with fabulous views at the Quiraing, and I only wished I had the entire day to spend hiking around that area. The Crofting Museum was really interesting as well. We did use Rick Steve's guidebook and suggestions for what to do and see, but really the peninsula is so well marked with all of the sights, it would be easy to just "freelance" and do it on your own if you have a rental car.
Written July 25, 2014
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Hola4876
Lansing, MI895 contributions
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Oct 2019
This is a gorgeous drive on a very narrow, sometimes winding road. Take your time, slow down & be considerate of vehicles coming your way as you or they must move over. If you plan to hike at the Old Man of Storr, be aware that the parking was full at 10:30 a.m. The Lealt Gorge is very, very pretty; hang on to kids & be smart enough to stay on the path. Kilt Rock was also a great stop - be sure to look for the waterfalls. The little thatched stone huts were closed when we were there, but the cemetery behind it is worth a stroll.
Written October 22, 2019
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Scotlandmac
Glasgow, UK14,159 contributions
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Jun 2018 • Couples
Astounding views hit you on any walk along the ridge - I especially like Meall na Suiramach above the crowds walking the lower contour path at the Quiraing. It's only an hour to the top from the car park for stunning views.Or had the other way out in the Beinn Edra direction, leave the crowds behind and enjoy jaw dropping views, way better than from that contour track that everyone else is on.
Written June 27, 2018
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MontanaTraveler643
Kalispell, Montana272 contributions
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Jun 2015 • Solo
The entire island of Skye is beautiful, but to me the Trotternish Peninsula is the jewel of the crown. Rent a car if you can, and take your time savoring the amazing scenery around every bend. I have spent time exploring here in both sun and rain, and beauty abounds in all conditions. This is a must while visiting the island.
Written May 11, 2016
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Philip B
Middlesbrough, UK69 contributions
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Jun 2014 • Friends
This is a fascinating area for walking expeditions provided the weather is suitable. We recently spent a holiday week based in the Kilmaluag area of north-east Skye. This gave us the opportunity to explore various parts of the Trotternish peninsular and the Trotternish Ridge. It is all very lovely but, if time is short, I think The Quiraing and The Old Man of Storr would probably be two of the most impressive places to visit. When we were in this area both the weather and the visibility were very good - thereby allowing us some spectacular and stunning views.
Written July 18, 2014
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Dickd1946
Charleston, SC1,221 contributions
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Aug 2012 • Couples
The views from and along the Trotternish Ridge are awesome. This area was obviously built a long time ago by GOD ! ! ! Who else could create such a masterpiece.
Written September 9, 2012
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