Walk: Fingal's Fantastic Four

[Fingal's Pinnacles]

West of Flodigarry, these final thrusts of the Trotternish landslip are just as spectacular as the heavily trodden sections further south. Two beautiful lochs are easily accessed from the A855, guarded by two particularly unlikely landforms; both are caused by the unstable ground on this part of Skye. Leac nan Fionn, also known as Fingal's Tomb, stands sentry over Loch Hasco, with vertical walls and a steep climb up, but almost flat on top. Above lower Loch Langaig to the north are Fingal's Pinnacles, a delightful collection of natural rocky sculptures popping out of grassy surroundings. Listen out for echoes between the Tomb and the Pinnacles. This is a fascinating half day walk with countless mini summits to explore. Also guaranteed to be 90% quieter than the nearby Quiraing (which you can easily walk to from here) - maybe giant warrior Fingal eats some of the tourists to keep numbers down?

[Fingal's Tomb, seen from Loch Langaig]

Name: Walk: Fingal's Fantastic Four ★★★
Length: 5 km / 3 miles
Ascent: 280 metres
Main summits: Leac nan Fionn / Fingal's Tomb (380 metres)
Points of interest: Loch Langaig; Loch Hasco; Fingal's Pinnacles
Start / finish: Layby in quarry by A855, Flodigarry, G.R.: NG 463711 / hillside stood cubes

Route: Start - Loch Langaig - Loch Hasco - Fingal's Tomb (ascend and descend on southwest side) - Fingal's Pinnacles - rejoin outward route between Lochs Langaig and Hasco.
Terrain: Good path from start becomes steep beyond Loch Hasco. Then intermittent, steep paths to Fingal's Tomb and Pinnacles. Mostly pathless for return to outward route, but rarely wet underfoot.
Wildlife today: Unidentified bird of prey circling above the pinnacles; plenty of sheep; couple of frogs on the pathless section.
Weather today: Dry but mainly cloudy, with a few sunny spells. Fairly windy in exposed spots.

[One of the "pinnacles", Trotternish ridge behind]


Route credit: Walkhighlands

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