Quiraing Pass

A scenic steep road to Quiraing Pass on the Isle of Skye

Quiraing Pass (Cuith-raing) is a mountain pass at an elevation of 261m (856ft) above the sea level, located in the Scottish council area of Highland on the Isle of Skye, with steep gradients and tight bends.

Can you drive through the Quiraing?

Tucked away in the Scottish Highlands, the road to the summit is totally paved in good condition. The pass is 10.62km (6.6 miles) long, running east-west from Stenscholl to Idrigill.

Is the Quiraing pass difficult?

Located on the eastern face of Meall na Suiramach, the northernmost summit of the Trotternishon, the road to the summit is very steep, hitting a 14% of maximum gradient through some of the ramps winding upwards along the steep massif. It is a winding single paved track, with hairpin turns and very narrow. Not for the sissies. The road conditions make it cannot be recommended in windy conditions or if it’s misty (low visibility). The road may be closed in winters.

Is the Quiraing pass worth it?

The drive is very scenic offering stunning views of the Trotternish Range. Plan about 20 minutes to complete the drive without any stop. The drive passes through some of the most spectacular landscapes in Scotland, winding through the landscape between the towns of Uig and Staffin. It’s a must-drive for anyone who enjoys the natural scenic landscapes. The road passes through the Quiraing, or Cuith-Raing, a landslip located on the Northern part of Skye (Trotternish Ridge). The entire ridge was created by a series of landslips over time. The Quiraing continues to move today, requiring yearly road repairs at the base. On the pass opens a magnificent view over the Quiraing and Staffin Bay. There is a big carpark at the top. The road can be quite congested during the busy summer months.

 

To use information contained on this site is to do so at your own risk. dangerousroads.org is not responsible for the information contained in these pages. The website is for information purposes only and we assume no liability for decisions made as a result of the information provided here. You are still completely responsible for your decisions, your actions, and your safety.