The Quiraing ~ Uig
The Quiraing (Scottish Gaelic: A’ Chuith-Raing) is a landslip on the eastern face of Meall na Suiramach, the northernmost summit of the Trotternish on the Isle of Skye, Scotland. A great series of landslips formed the whole Trotternish Ridge escarpment; the Quiraing is the only part of the slip still moving – the road at its base, near Flodigarry, requires yearly repairs.
Parts of the distinctive landscape have earned particular names. The Needle is a jagged 120-foot-high (37 m) landmark pinnacle, a remnant of land slipping. Northwest of it is The Table, a flat grassy area slipped down from the summit plateau, with the Torridon Hills vistas and the Wester Ross mountains. Southwest is the Prison, a pyramidal rocky peak that can look like a medieval keep when viewed from the right angle – the ascent of this is an airy scramble.
The name Quiraing comes from Old Norse Kví Rand, which means ‘Round Fold.’ Within the fold is The Table, an elevated plateau hidden amongst the pillars. It is said that the fold was used to conceal cattle from Viking raiders.
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The most important photography trip for me is to return to Scotland. I am honoring my promise to my Father to return and capture the beautiful landscapes and the elusive Puffins. Your help to make these trips a reality would be much appreciated in today’s economy.