Walk: Bioda Buidhe & the Trotternish misfits

[336 metre-high Cleat stands apart from the main ridge]

You may well attract a few puzzled glances as you head south, rather than north, from the Quiraing car park. "Why are they going that way...?" The layby is often full, but this straightforward walk is often deserted. None of the world-famous landforms along the spine of Trotternish are exactly conventional, but the topography here around Bioda Buidhe seems especially out-of-place. No convenient clusters of spires like nearby, photogenic Quiraing (although this is a great spot to view them from). Instead, the landslips around here are disjointed and messy: dumpy Cleat standing all on its own, not invited to the party; Druim an Ruma just bits of Bioda Buidhe that have fallen off over the millennia. It's great, unique, quintessentially Skye.

[Looking past Druim an Ruma (right) towards isolated Beinn Edra]

Name: Walk: Bioda Buidhe & the Trotternish misfits ★★★☆
Length: 3 km / 2 miles
Ascent: 230 metres
Main summits: Bioda Buidhe (466 metres, sub-2000')
Start / finish: Car park (gets full) at the top of the Quiraing pass, G.R.: NG 439679 / sport ideal interests

Route: Start - Bioda Buidhe - return by outward route
Terrain: Grassy, occasionally steep path along cliff edge.
Wildlife today: A few sheep. Too windy for much else.
Weather today: Sunny and hot (25°C), but extremely windy - the sort that disfigures your cheeks and renders conversation impossible.

[Superb views north to the Quiraing for the entirety of this route]


Route credit: Walkhighlands (modified)

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