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Kings Quarry - Glen Shiel

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The skies east of here were sort of clear, but moving up the glen from the west was quite another weather condition. It was a continual race up Loch Duich and along Glen Shiel to try to keep ahead of the rain. This time, jogging up to the top of the Kings Quarry and back, I managed to keep dry, though not without being totally out of breath.

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Panorama taken from the top of the Kings Quarry in Glen Shiel in the Scottish Highlands. This is an unused quarry, but it gives a great vantage point for seeing the layout of the glen without having to climb up one of the many Munro hills in the area.

This photograph shows the lie of the glen and the route of the A87 from Kyle of Lochalsh. Looking directly over the quarry is the direction towards Loch Duich and Kyle. To the left of the quarry are the hills of the western end of the South Glen Shiel Ridge, including The Saddle (1010m) and Sgurr na Sgine (945m. To the right of the Kings Quarry are the hills known as the Five Sisters which separate Glen Shiel from Kintail and includes Sgurr Fhuaran (1068m) and Sgurr na Morach (867m). Eventually the A87 ends up at the Isle of Skye, and is called 'The Road to the Isles'.

Heading east you will pass the Glen Shiel waterfall and the site of a 1719 battle between the British and an alliance of Jacobite and Spanish forces. Just beyond here is the watershed of the glen, and whereas the River Shiel runs into Loch Duich to the west, the waters now run eastwards into the River Cluanie and then into Loch Cluanie.


Take the A87 from Kyle of Lochalsh along Loch Duich and up to Glen Shiel. The Quarry is about 20 miles from Kyle.

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