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Quirang, The


(The Quiraing, Cuiraing)

A landscape feature on the Trotternish peninsula of NE Skye in the Inner Hebrides, The Quirang (also The Quiraing, archaically The Cuiraing) lies 1¼ miles (2 km) west northwest of Glashvin and 6 miles (10 km) southeast of the headland of Rubha Hunish. It represents a succession of landslides, the largest in Britain, and immense blocks of rock which have slipped down-slope created when Jurassic sediments buckled under the weight of the basalt plateau which lies above, The Quiraing occupies an area of 3.2 square miles (8.5 sq. km) and extends 1¼ miles (2 km) from the scarp crest to the sea. The Quirang is illustrated in a fine painting of 1873 by Waller Hugh Paton (1826-95) and forms a backdrop in the film Breaking the Waves (1996).


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