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The Storr and Old Man of Storr

The Storr and Old Man of Storr


Postby RicKamila » Sat Sep 03, 2011 10:30 pm

Route description: The Storr - ascent

Grahams included on this walk: The Storr

Date walked: 01/09/2011

Time taken: 3 hours

Distance: 6.5 km

Ascent: 700m

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After a lovely morning in Portree on the Brigadoon boat cruise and a hearty lunch in the Granary, we headed back to the cottage, got changed and headed off for the walk we had been looking forward to most on this trip, The Storr. The weather was the best it had been all week as we parked in the lay-by and set off through the forest to see the Old Man up close.

The walk through the forest was great, there were lots of people around, we even saw a bloke coming back down in motorbike leathers and his helmet, and we felt a little out of place with our rucksacks and walking gear on, but we carried on and finally reached the gate that leads out to the Old Man.

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The gate to heaven?


The views from here were stunning. Raasay and Rona were clearly visible, as was the mainland.

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Raasay, Rona and the mainland.


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Rocks everywhere.


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Applecross way.


We past the Old Man and Needle Rock and went off the path to the Lochan near the Needle. The views were getting better. We sat down for a drink and two large black birds with sharp talons put on a diving display in front of us, one even did a back flip of sorts.

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A lochan near Needle Rock.


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Old Man and Needle Rock.


We made our way back to the path and reached the fence with the broken stile. Its easily climbed though by climbing over the boulders, or making your way up to the last fence post by the rocks and there is a gap you can pass through before heading down to the track again.


We stopped and admired the view again, this time towards Staffin and started to get the rush of adrenaline due to being back in the hills again.

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Looking down on Loch Scamadal.


We followed the track, keeping to the lower path at the first fork, before branching off at the second fork and having a go at scrambling to get up to the first cliff edge. The views were amazing.

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The higher we got, the better the photos.


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The lochan again.


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Staffin way.


With the adrenaline pumping even more, we made the decision not to continue with the planned walk we had, of going right around and coming down the gully with the stream, but making our way up to the highest cliff edge we could. We headed out towards a dry stream and eventually made our way up with a bit of scrambling to the 2nd highest plateau where the views literally took our breath away.

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Wow!!


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Double wow!!


After a quick drink and some more admiring of the view, we set back down again. There is a rusted metal fence post in line with the first cliff and we kept it in view most of the way down and found it quite an easy way back.We climbed back over the fence again and went up a small hill that juts out by the fence. The views were superb no matter where you went on this walk.

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Heading back down again.


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Looking at the cliffs from the hill near the broken stile.


We made our way back down and saw some more interesting walking attire, including an Italian in a kilt and a woman in heels. There were plenty of hitch-hikers around too, which reminded Rick of the two German backpackers who he gave a lift to the Storr on the Tuesday in the pouring rain and he hoped that had had as nice a time there as we did, so a big hello to Katherine and Toby from Munich if you happen to stumble across this.

We made our way back to the cottage and the day was made even more special as later that evening Rick proposed to Kamila and we are glad to say that she said Yes.
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Re: The Storr and Old Man of Storr

Postby kw1980 » Sat Sep 03, 2011 10:34 pm

Youve got some amazing pictures of an unbelievable place, really enjoyed your report.

Oh and many congratulations on your engagement! :D
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Re: The Storr and Old Man of Storr

Postby ndhudson » Sun Sep 04, 2011 4:13 am

Congratulations...on both the hike and the engagement! :thumbup:
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Re: The Storr and Old Man of Storr

Postby morag1 » Sun Sep 04, 2011 11:22 am

Congratulations Rick and Kamila - wishing you both all the best for the future :D

Just to say I am reading these reports with great interest as I am planning a trip to Skye next year - possibly three days so want to see and do as much as possible in that short time. The old man of Storr and the Fairy Pools are high on my list
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Re: The Storr and Old Man of Storr

Postby RicKamila » Sun Sep 04, 2011 5:02 pm

morag1 wrote:Congratulations Rick and Kamila - wishing you both all the best for the future :D

Just to say I am reading these reports with great interest as I am planning a trip to Skye next year - possibly three days so want to see and do as much as possible in that short time. The old man of Storr and the Fairy Pools are high on my list


Thank you :)

We found that if you plan for two walks a day in a certain region of Skye then it is achievable. For example, you could do Fairy Glen around 9am and follow it up with The Old Man of Storr around 2:30pm and still have plenty of time to explore it. We had a ball there. Although we prefer being there later in September due to the amount of tourists at this time of the year.
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Re: The Storr and Old Man of Storr

Postby Mountainlove » Sun Sep 04, 2011 7:43 pm

That reminds me about the day I did that walk...nice memories...thank you for sharing the pictures and congratulations to the couple!
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Re: The Storr and Old Man of Storr

Postby Johnny Corbett » Sun Sep 04, 2011 9:56 pm

More great pics of a beautiful area there Rick and Kamila. Good to see the low level is now progressed to Grahams and another love story on walkhighlands, Paul and Helen are having more success than Cilla Black ever did :D
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Re: The Storr and Old Man of Storr

Postby morag1 » Sun Sep 04, 2011 10:12 pm

Johnny Corbett wrote: Paul and Helen are having more success than Cilla Black ever did


:lol: :lol: :lol: :thumbup:
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Re: The Storr and Old Man of Storr

Postby RicKamila » Sun Sep 04, 2011 10:59 pm

morag1 wrote:
Johnny Corbett wrote: Paul and Helen are having more success than Cilla Black ever did


:lol: :lol: :lol: :thumbup:


:lol:
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Re: The Storr and Old Man of Storr

Postby BlackPanther » Mon Sep 05, 2011 9:55 am

Thanks for posting all the reports from IOSkye - my favourite Scottish Island. Isn't it great, the "isle of the mist"?...

The first time I went to visit the Old Man I absolutely loved the area, the odd-shaped rocks, the cliffs... Every year, when we plan our Skye holidays, we always remember to include either The Storr or Quiraing in our schedule. And each time it's a different experience.
Just across the road, down from the bulk of the Storr, there is a great place for fossil lovers - Beareraig Bay:
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The cliffs of Beareraig Bay
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Re: The Storr and Old Man of Storr

Postby morag1 » Mon Sep 05, 2011 1:47 pm

BlackPanther wrote: Beareraig Bay


Thanks for letting us know about this Black Panther :thumbup:

I have made up a little file on Skye and have recorded all the things I want to see and do, also a list of walks. Rick and Kamila's reports have been filed away, also your 5 reports from earlier in the year.
Our time there will be short, possible three days max so I am trying to plan things carefully to get the most out of our visit :D
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Re: The Storr and Old Man of Storr

Postby RicKamila » Tue Sep 06, 2011 4:21 pm

BlackPanther wrote:Thanks for posting all the reports from IOSkye - my favourite Scottish Island. Isn't it great, the "isle of the mist"?...

The first time I went to visit the Old Man I absolutely loved the area, the odd-shaped rocks, the cliffs... Every year, when we plan our Skye holidays, we always remember to include either The Storr or Quiraing in our schedule. And each time it's a different experience.
Just across the road, down from the bulk of the Storr, there is a great place for fossil lovers - Beareraig Bay:
isleofskye 176.JPG


To get there, do you drive down the road to the dam at Storr Lochs?
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Re: The Storr and Old Man of Storr

Postby BlackPanther » Wed Sep 07, 2011 10:27 am

RicKamila wrote:
BlackPanther wrote:Just across the road, down from the bulk of the Storr, there is a great place for fossil lovers - Beareraig Bay:
isleofskye 176.JPG


To get there, do you drive down the road to the dam at Storr Lochs?


We left the car at the car park for the Storr and walked down - it's only a short distance on a good track, and soon the Storr itself can be seen above you :lol: The path down the cliffs is narrow and steep and I guess it would be slippery when wet, but it's well worth the effort! Even though most fossils are too big to take with you :?
I have to find some time and post a proper report for this walk.
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Re: The Storr and Old Man of Storr

Postby ndhudson » Thu Sep 08, 2011 12:48 am

BlackPanther wrote: Just across the road, down from the bulk of the Storr, there is a great place for fossil lovers - Beareraig Bay:
The attachment isleofskye 176.JPG is no longer available


Bearreraig Bay is wonderful. We actually did that walk on our first visit to Scotland a few years back...the kids, LOVED it! Definitely worth a visit...

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Re: The Storr and Old Man of Storr

Postby morag1 » Thu Sep 08, 2011 8:48 pm

Didnt know you had kids Nicole, but Violet is gorgous and looks so happy to be in Scotland :D
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