The Locality - Trotternish
Trotternish is the wild peninsula of the island. Dominating the landscape is the Trotternish Ridge ranging from the imposing monolith of the 'Old Man of Storr' to the geological jumble that is the Quirang. The area is excellent walking country with breathtaking views wherever you look.
Highlights include Kilt Rock viewpoint to the south of Staffin with its dramatic waterfall. Many seabirds use the steep cliffs here to raise their young in early summer including the Fulmar, often seen circling the cliff tops at eye level. Inland the Trotternish Ridge rises to some 2,300 feet above sea level. At its south end is the 'Old Man of Storr', an easily accessible pillar of rock 160 feet in height. Further north, just inland from Staffin, is the Quirang. Relic of a spectacular series of ancient landslips it includes an isolated plateau called the 'Table', past refuge from seabourne raiders. On the coast to the north west of Staffin is Duntulm, a steep rocky headland where the ruins of Duntulm Castle served as the home of the MacDonalds through the centuries.
South of Duntulm is the crofting community of Kilmuir with its patchwork quilt of small fields. On the shoreline are the remains of old crofting cottages, once the homes of crofters evicted during the Clearances. Further south along the coastal road is the port of Uig, providing the main ferry service to the Western Isles and home to the Skye Brewing Company.