Cuith-raing, generally spelt as Quiraing, is a spectacular landscape that is best visited by taking the time to explore on foot over a few hours.

It is made up of towers, needles and plateaus and is a truly memorable place to explore.

Its best-known features are Am Prìosan, the prison, a hollow beneath a rocky pyramid which looks like a medieval castle, An t-Snàthad, a 37-metre pinnacle, and Am Bòird, or the table, a hidden flat grassy area. Cuith-raing is not the summit of any specific part but describes this collection of features in the northern part of the landslip along the Trotternish ridge.

Cuith-raing is often described as the most active part of the landslide that continues south to the equally famous landmark of the Old Man of Storr.

Distance: 6.5 km / 4 miles 3-4 hours return

Difficulty: Moderate walk. Bring map and compass, warm, wind and waterproof clothing. hillwalking boots. Remember the weather can change quickly here.

Did you know?

The Trotternish ridge is a 19-mile inland cliff created about 11,500 years ago during the last Ice Age. It is made of layers of rock – hard rock on top of much softer rock below.

Locals have been known to play shinty on the Table, grassy plateau of the Quiraing.

The Table itself considered large enough to hold 4000 head of cattle.

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