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The Quiraing

 The Quiraing (in Gaelic Cuith-Raing), coming from the old Norse (Kvi Rand), meaning round fold, is a landslip area on the eastern face of Meall na Suiramach, the northernmost summit of the Trotternish Ridge. The whole of the Trotternish Ridge was formed by a great series of landslips.

Parts of this distinctive landscape have earned particular names. The Needle is a jagged 120-foot (37 metres) high landmark pinnacle. To the north west of it is The Table a flat grassy area slipped down from the summit plateau, with views of Torridon and the mountains of Wester Ross. South west is the Prison, a pyramidal rocky peak which can look like a medieval den.


Quiraing ( comes from Old Norse Kvi Rand, which means Round Fold. 

 

 

 

Situated some 1.5 miles from Staffin, (approx 50 minutes drive from Tigh-na_Fraoch) these 200 foot high sea cliffs, composed of massive columns of dolerite, has been likened to the pleats of a kilt.  This popular viewpoint looking towards the Isle of Rona and Wester Ross is definitely worth a look.

 

 

Visit the Faerie pools and waterfalls of Glenbrittle .  Witness the crystal clear turquoise water which is more akin to the Maldives than to a wild Scottish Island.  Take in the scenery of the majestic Black Cuillin...if you are brave enough you can even take a dip! 

  

The Three Chimneys Restaurant is situated in Colbost, near Dunvegan,North West Skye some 15 minutes drive from Tigh-Na-Fraoch.  The restaurant is located in a stunning location only matched by the equally stunning food and drink which is predominantly sourced in Scotland and in particular from the Isle of Skye. The experience of dining at the kitchen table (which can be booked in advance) is exceptional. You can watch the talented chefs at work, while eating,drinking and socialising with fellow guests. You may even get a chance to help plate up your meal !!. www.threechimneys.co.uk

 

Old man of StorrThis is a walk of about 12 km, most of it on a good grassy walking surface. There are breathtaking views all the way. It follows the line of the escarpment above the shore on the east side of the Trotternish Peninsula, reaching a hight of 1,286 ft above the Sound of Raasay on the way.  This is a little known, unpopulated, road-free and seldom visited part of Skye, overshadowed (almost literally) by the famous Trotternish Ridge. It is, though, an excellent walk in its own rightThe views west look across the islands of Raasay and Rona to the Applecross Peninsula on the mainland of Scotland. This is a wonderful area for walkers, with often breath-taking views, providing some of the finest vistas in the U.K.

Neist Light House - Picture by S ParishA short walk from the road end, down the steep steps, leads to the lighthouse, which was built in 1909 and then was fully automated in 1990.

The lighthouse tower is 62 feet high and stands 142 feet above sea-level. The light from the tower is equal to 480,000 candles and can be seen from up to 24 miles away.

The lighthouse itself is unmanned and owned by the Northern Lighthouse Board.

Neist Point (pronounced 'Neest') is renowned for its rock formations, which are closely akin to those at the Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland. It is said that the causeway extends under the sea from Northern Ireland to the Isle of Skye.

Fairy Bridge - Graeme SmithAt the foot of the Waternish peninsula, where the B886 branches north from the A850, lies an abandoned bridge beside the modern road. This is the Fairy Bridge, and like many places on Skye, the Fairy Bridge has a story associated with it; in this case the bridge is said to mark the place where a fairy wife of a MacLeod chief said her final farewell to her husband before she left him to live amongst her own people. The story goes that the chief of the MacLeod’s wanted to marry a Fairie princess. The king of the Faeries, Oberon, agreed to the match, but only on condition that after a year and a day had lapsed the princess must return to her own people. So the marriage took place, and a son was born of the union, but after the allotted year and day was over, the princess had no choice but to return to the Land of Faerie. She parted from her husband and child at the Fairy Bridge. But the story does not end there; one day the infant son began to cry, as children do. The Faerie princess, upon hearing her child’s cry, returned from the Land of Faerie and comforted him, wrapping the child in a Faerie shawl. This shawl was preserved; it is the famed Faerie Flag of the MacLeod clan, which can be seen today at Dunvegan Castle.