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Old Man of Storr

This is properly the most famous walk on the Island and definitely the busiest. The ‘Old Man’ is a large pinnacle of rock that stands high and can be seen for miles around. As part of the Trotternish ridge the Storr was created by a massive ancient landside, leaving one of the most photographed landscapes in the world.

If you look closely you can see people at and around its base, this gives you a good idea of the scale with the Old man standing an impressive 165 ft (just read this back and I know it sounds very rude but you get the idea).

The walk from the car park on the main road is they say 1 hr 15 mins non stop, probably is if your a racing snake but certainly not for a big lad like myself carrying camera etc, more like 2hrs to be safe, coming down is a fair bit quicker probably 20 mins tops. It goes without saying that any visit to Skye must include this climb/walk and with good weather (not very often) the views are astounding and must be appreciated. Its child and dog safe apart from the area between the Old Man and the rock face, signs warn of falling rock danger. While we had a rest seated at the Old Mans base there was a loud crack and rock came hurtling down in the space between, the heat from the sun expanding the rock. (be careful)

Iconic shots abound the internet and I’ve yet to see anything different from anybody though on our descent we did see a couple of guys with drones so  they at least have a different angle on things to us mere photographers, after scouting you-tube on my return there are quite a few drone films about the Old Man and surrounding area so nothing new really.

Just waiting for my delivery from new sponsor Kinafoto in Spain posted yesterday and it’s out for delivery today, how amazing is that when my local Asda takes 3 days to get things from depot to branch.



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