The Quiraing is a landslip located in the north-east of the Isle of Skye, north of Portree, on the Trotternish Peninsula. The largest landslip in Britain, it was formed by gravity as the weight of volcanic rock overlying the older, weaker Jurassic sedimentary rocks caused dramatic landslides. Some parts of the landslip continue to move and settle, creating a need for frequent road repairs.
The land movement has also caused staggering outlying rocks formations such as The Needle, which stands at 36.5 m (120 ft) high; the Prison, an enormous, sheer-sided slab of volcanic rock; and The Table, a flat, grassy area which has slipped down from the plateau.
This distinctive landscape is a magnet for climbers and walkers, although with areas of narrow, muddy paths and steep scree slopes, it’s probably best avoided in wet weather, especially by those with mobility problems.