Old man Of Storr

Hiking the Old Man of Storr, Isle of Skye

Old Man of Storr is the greatest highlight in the Isle of Skye, Scotland. Find out what it is and how to get there.

Surely you have already seen pictures of these wonderful landscapes at least once in your life because the Old man of Storr is for sure the most famous place in the Isle of Skye. If you think about Scotland and its landscapes, Man of Storr is one of them!

man standing wearing grey shirt and brown pants facing rocky mountain
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Sometimes you do have pretty high expectations of the places, and this is purely dictated by the plethora of (photoshopped) pictures that you can encounter during the research before your journey even starts.   You can be really disappointed when what you see doesn’t meet my expectations; other times, like in the case of The Old Man of Storr, your expectations will be even exceeded.

Walking through those gigantic rocks really makes you feel like an ant, and you are overwhelmed by that sense of natural beauty, dramatism, gigantism, and fear.

Here few things to know about the Man of Storr.

Rugged Rocks
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The Storr is a mountain in the Isle of Skye (Scotland) precisely in the Trotternish Peninsula. It is high 719m and it is mainly famous for the amazing rock formations which remember the face of an old man that is watching the landscape. It is really close to the main city of the Isle, Portree, and it’s raised in front of the coast, offering an amazing view of Raasay and Rona island.

The main walking path starts from the new car parking situated along the road A855. The amount of people that you will find highly depends on the season you visit and the time of the day. The summer season is the most overcrowded.

This place can be also reached by bus with the 57A line from Portree, and on foot – but it is a really long path. You can find  more information here.

Old Man of Storr
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The itinerary is about 4km and it takes 1 hour and 20 minutes without breaks. It is perfectly doable for all kinds of people, just be aware of steep climbs and slippery ground. The entire experience takes around 3 – 4 hours.

From the car park the peak looked so close to us, but it is actually really far away from the starting point.

The panorama gets better and better as you get to the peak of the mountain. You will stop several times along the way to look behind and admire the amazing landscape with Loch Leatham, the sea and, the surrounding mountains that blend together with the horizon.

This  attraction is really weather-dependent, as the soil can be muddy and too risky to reach the very peak of the mountain. Also, be aware of the strong wind blowing, together with the slippery ground it can get really dangerous. Hence, hiking clothes are highly recommended.

Curiosity: this particular place is an inspiration for many artists and it has been the set for some movie such as Prometheus (2012), The Wicker Man (1973) and many others.