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At the Hairpin Bend, near Loch Madadh, Isle of Skye
EXTERNAL ID
HCD_CARD_149
PLACENAME
Staffin
DISTRICT
Skye
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Kilmuir
SOURCE
Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre
ASSET ID
12942
KEYWORDS
landscapes
mountains
roads
At the Hairpin Bend, near Loch Madadh, Isle of Skye

This photograph shows the single track road leading from Brogaig in Staffin on the east of the Isle of Skye, to Uig on the west. Most of the road is through empty moorland with this hairpin bend on the east side. Driving to this bend from either direction provides wonderful scenery. At the summit of this stretch of road is a suitable place to stop and admire the views.

A well worn path leads the visitor away from the hairpin bend to the strange rock formations created by volcanic activity which resulted in the Trotternish escarpment. Within the Quiraing are jutting rocks, towering spires and flat grassland with names like the Needle, the Prison and the Table. Still a popular tourist walk, even in Victorian Times as many as 60 visitors a day would make the drive from Portree to climb among these amazing rocks.

This photograph, looking south, shows just a small section of the Trotternish escarpment. Just visible to the left is one of the small inland lochs which are seen only from the top of the ridge. The postcard names this as Loch Madadh, but it is actually either Loch Leum na Luirginn or Loch Cleat which are joined by a small burn. The Trotternish ridge is a favourite with serious walkers; the towering crags, scree covered slopes and sheer drops providing a challenge as well as the spectacular scenery.


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At the Hairpin Bend, near Loch Madadh, Isle of Skye

INVERNESS: Kilmuir

landscapes; mountains; roads

Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre

Dualchas Postcards

This photograph shows the single track road leading from Brogaig in Staffin on the east of the Isle of Skye, to Uig on the west. Most of the road is through empty moorland with this hairpin bend on the east side. Driving to this bend from either direction provides wonderful scenery. At the summit of this stretch of road is a suitable place to stop and admire the views.<br /> <br /> A well worn path leads the visitor away from the hairpin bend to the strange rock formations created by volcanic activity which resulted in the Trotternish escarpment. Within the Quiraing are jutting rocks, towering spires and flat grassland with names like the Needle, the Prison and the Table. Still a popular tourist walk, even in Victorian Times as many as 60 visitors a day would make the drive from Portree to climb among these amazing rocks.<br /> <br /> This photograph, looking south, shows just a small section of the Trotternish escarpment. Just visible to the left is one of the small inland lochs which are seen only from the top of the ridge. The postcard names this as Loch Madadh, but it is actually either Loch Leum na Luirginn or Loch Cleat which are joined by a small burn. The Trotternish ridge is a favourite with serious walkers; the towering crags, scree covered slopes and sheer drops providing a challenge as well as the spectacular scenery. <br /> <br /> <br /> This image may be available to purchase.<br /> For further information about purchasing and prices please email<br /> <a href= "mailto: skyeandlochalsh.archives@highlifehighland.com" >Skye and Lochalsh Archives</a><br />