Motorcyclist - - Contents - —Zach Bow­man

The Isle of Skye sits along Scot­land’s shat­tered western edge. At 50-miles-long, it is the largest of the In­ner He­brides, its jagged land­scape the prod­uct of mas­sive ice sheets tear­ing at the earth. Quiraing Pass bi­sects the is­land’s north­ern­most tip, run­ning through a se­ries of fan­tas­tic ridges built by an­cient land­slides. The sin­gle-lane as­phalt road is both nar­row and won­der­ful, scram­bling up 17-per­cent grades and coil­ing back on it­self in dra­matic hair­pins as it slips past iconic stone land­marks like the Nee­dle and the Pri­son. The pass isn’t done chang­ing, and reg­u­lar land­slides re­quire road­work, but the ^QM_ Q[ ]VTQSM IVA\PQVO MT[M WV \PM XTIVM\ IVL _WZ\P \PM MЄWZ\ of main­te­nance—and of vis­it­ing.

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