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The Quirang - 4th time around

The Quirang - 4th time around

Postby Verylatestarter » Sat Oct 16, 2021 10:08 pm

Route description: Quiraing, hill circuit

Date walked: 03/08/2021

Time taken: 3 hours

Distance: 6.5 km

Ascent: 374m

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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.

1.1 - 2006.jpg
2006 - the only sunny day of a wet week - Torridon in background

1.2 - 2019.JPG
2019 - loaded and ready to go to the tyre shop

The view South from Maoladh Mor - the new car park on the right

The crowds

The local sheet appear to have created their own wind breaks. The road opposite the graveyard is where we had our puncture in 2019

The drama of the landslip, which presumably is still going on, albeit slowly

Somewhat precarious grazing location, in 2006 there were loads of bleached sheep bone at the foot of the cliffs. Maybe there should be warning signs for the pedestrians below.

The labyrinth amongst the cliffs

Massive blocks are gradually sliding towards the Flodigarry coast

Anyone for tennis?

Loch Hasco with Leac nan Fionn above

Eilean Flodigarry and path to Flodigarry village

The view Northeast, Leac nan Fionn and Sron Vourlinn

Below the cliffs, looking South

looking West towards Harris from Sron Vourlinn

Looking South from Sron Vourlinn

Ben on path over the back of Fir Bhreugach looking Northwards

The confusion among the landslip

Pinnacle and path towards Flodigarry

One of the finest hills in Scotland, shame it's only 50m tall

Pinnacles from below

Ben heading across the badly eroded path below the prison

The prison

The wild country below the landslip to the South

View of Masco, Blaven and Garven on the way back to Broadford. The sparse cloud convinced us tomorrow would be clag free on Blaven.
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