The Storr, and Old Man of Storr

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We were on Skye for a day or so, and Paul fancied a stroll to see the Old Man of Storr. And on the excellent walkhighlands there is a circular walk taking the Storr, and the best views of the Old Man.

The weather forecast wasn't great. Cold, showers, wind and maybe a bit of sun. So inevitably we got the lot.

The walk up through the trees was brilliantly atmospheric!

...and after an easy stroll we start to get a view of where we are going. It's just round there!

It wasn't great weather for taking photo's with rain and cloud coming in, so it wasn't until we went past the Old Man and looked back that a shot presented itself.

We walk instructions suggest passing by the stack and to continue climbing up to the fence line and col between the crags and point 504m. When the sun comes out the view back to the Old Man is stunning.

The route goes over the fence...

...and up into the big corie lined with crags high above.

When the cloud held off the views were superb. Paul on the ridge.

You can see along the Trotternish escarpment, running nearly 30km's.

And so to the summit of The Storr at 719m.

The way down is through a delightful wee gully, that you only really know it's the right one when you are at the very top of it. After a pathless drop down from the summit, and traverse above the cliffs, you come to a good sized burn draining the Bealach Beag, a path, and a very useful marker cairn.

This is the descent gully from below. It looks aweful when you are standing looking down it, but take your time and it shouldn't present any problems.

Tags: outdoor, scotland Written 22/05/10 

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