This is our fourth visit to The Quirang and the first where we have completed the circuit. On previous visits Ben was 1, 8 and 22, the last visit was the most disappointing in that we got a flat tyre coming out of a passing place just opposite the cemetery as we arrived and therefore wasted the whole day waiting for the lorry and then being transported back to Broadford.
This visit was for the same reason as last time; the cloud was too low to attempt any of the peaks on the Black Cullin. Previously we had parked at the cemetery and had therefore missed the magnificent new car park at the top of the pass, with it’s magnificent charging scheme and very thorough parking attendant. I have no objection to parking charges, in fact I’m all for them if the facilities benefit from the revenue, but here all the effort (cost?) has been put into the parking and not the into the footpaths on the attraction. Whilst we were at The Quirang there were a lot of visitors and they all suffered from (and contributed to) the badly eroded footpaths, particularly those up and over the ridge. Surely it’s appropriate that some of the revenue goes to preventing the erosion that will be so detrimental to the landscape.
Despite the gripe, we enjoyed the walk; such a spectacular and unusual landscape; I’m sure we’ll return for visit No 5.
We were surprised to see Blaven was relatively clear of cloud on the way back to Broadford and had high hopes for tomorrow.
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