Trotternish - The Scenery

Isle of Skye, Scotland


Old Man of Storr, Trotternish, SkyeThe Trotternish Peninsula is an area of land some 20 miles long and 8 miles wide, which is famous for its spectacular geological features. The Trotternish Ridge is a 20-mile-long inland cliff winding down the centre of the peninsula. Its whole length is studded with fascinating rock formations, pinnacles and pillars, the most famous of which are the Quiraing complex, between Staffin and Uig, and the Old Man of Storr, which is nearer the southern end.

Ru Idrigill, Uig, SkyeAs you tour the peninsula clockwise, between Portree and Uig you see nothing but rolling moorland, apart from the occasional intriguing glimpse of broken peaks in the distance. But once you are north of Uig, things start to become more dramatic. By driving round clockwise from Uig to Portree, via Duntulm and Staffin, you are able to see the unfolding of the Trotternish Ridge in its entirety.

Quiraing, Trotternish, Isle of SkyeThere is also a road that goes direct from Uig to Staffin right over the top of the ridge. Park at the summit of this road for stunning views of the Quiraing close at hand, Staffin Bay and the Sound of Raasay spread out beneath you, and a panorama of the Wester Ross mountains in the distance. The picture on the right shows this road winding its way towards Staffin after its steep descent from the top of the ridge.

Fairy Glen, Uig, Skye

Kilt Rock, Staffin, TrotternishThere are many other beautiful places to visit along the minor roads in the area. Particularly recommended are the Fairy Glen in Uig (shown above), the bay at Bornaskitaig, and the road to Staffin Slipway. On the main road just south of Staffin is a parking area where you can view the Kilt Rock (left) and the waterfall where the river Mealt plunges 200 feet into the sea.

Though there is enough in Trotternish to keep you occupied for a lifetime, we are not suggesting that you neglect the remainder of the Isle of Skye during your visit. The whole island is world-famous for its scenery, especially the Cuillin Mountains, Talisker Bay, MacLeod's Tables, the gardens and woods at Armadale, the castle grounds at Dunvegan, the sandy beach at Glenbrittle, and much much more.

Here are some pictures of scenery from other parts of the Isle of Skye

Loch Coruisk and the Cuillins


MacLeod's Maidens
MacLeod's Maidens

The Cuillins from Sligachan

For further pictures of the Trotternish Ridge, see the Trotternish Ridge Picture Album

Walking in Trotternish
Birds of Trotternish
Skye Scene Highland Ceilidh
The Early Church in Skye
A Short History of Crofting in Skye
Trotternish Ridge Picture Album
Skye Museum of Island Life
Bed and Breakfast Accommodation
Self-Catering Accommodation

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