The Table and the Needle at the Quiraing

The Quiraing combines both majestic mountains and the mysteries of the Isle of Skye. The landscapes are magnificent.

Technical sheet
No. 4098635
A Highland walk posted on 28/05/16 by Sarita J. Update : 13/11/17
Calculated time Calculated time: 2h45[?]
Distance Distance : 6.3km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 345m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 342m
Highest point Highest point : 515m
Lowest point Lowest point : 253m
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Highland
Starting point Starting point : N 57.628189° / W 6.290488°
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View from the ridge The Table View of the lochs and the sea


Access: By car, take the small road from Brogaig to Uig. After a steep climb up a narrow road which makes 2 hairpin bends, you will come out onto a flat area with a small car park, where you can park.

(D/A) Set out to the northeast from the car park. Follow the path which begins by climbing upwards. Ignore a path off to the left and keep going a short distance until you reach a crossing (this is the return path).

(1) Continue along the path to the right. It levels out along the mountainside at about 300m.

(2) Cross several streams. Some cliffs rise up above the path on the left, which begins to climb again.

(3) Make your way around the Table and the Needle by the right hand side. After going through a lush little green valley, the path, which had flattened out again, begins to climb up steeply to the northwest.

(4) Go over a stile and follow the path along the ridge to the left.

(5) Enjoy the beautiful views of "the Table" from above, which is flat and covered in a meadow of soft, green grass. Continue gently down along the ridge.

(6) Follow the path, which is quite easily visible, through the meadows.

(7) Walk back down to the left along a direct path down the slope, always keeping left.

(1) Come back onto the path you took at the start, turn right, and make your way back to the car park (D/A).

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 258m
1 : km 0.23 - alt. 262m - Start of the circular route
2 : km 1.07 - alt. 299m - Cross several rivers
3 : km 2.07 - alt. 323m - Go around the Table and Needle
4 : km 3.22 - alt. 335m - Stile
5 : km 4.36 - alt. 504m - Above The Table
6 : km 5.32 - alt. 420m - Meadows
7 : km 5.84 - alt. 332m - Descend to the left
D/A : km 6.3 - alt. 258m

Useful Information

As with most walks in Scotland, there are very few signposts or waymarks to indicate the way.

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Opinions and comments


Global average : 3.33/5
Number of opinions : 1
Description quality : 3/5
Routemap quality : 3/5
Walk interest : 4/5

on Mon 25 Feb 2019 21:16:23 CET

Global average : 3.33 / 5

Date of walk : 24/02/19
Description quality : Average
Routemap quality : Average
Walk interest : Good

After heavy rains the week befor, the path as described in stages 6 and 7 had been washed out. Conditions were really boggy and slippery to the extend of dangerous at times. This walk is not to be advised in wet conditions.
However, we enjoyed the marvellous views!

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