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Glorious panoramas on the Storr

Glorious panoramas on the Storr


Postby johnkaysleftleg » Mon Jun 11, 2012 9:45 pm

Route description: The Storr - ascent

Grahams included on this walk: The Storr

Date walked: 04/06/2012

Time taken: 3.5 hours

Distance: 8 km

Ascent: 639m

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Following our Cuillin caper the previous day we decided something a little gentler was in order. Unfortunately Grace with her sore toe and Hughie with sore paws decided to take it easy accompanying Grandma only a far as the Old Man and his cohorts. Nicola and myself however had decided to push our tired limbs to the top of the highest point of the Trotternish ridge.

The steepish path up to the Old Man was far more open than out last visit six years ago with deforestation work (with a view to re-establishing native species) being well under way.

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Pinnacles below the Storr cliffs

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The Old Man


We resisted the temptation to gawp for to long at the amazing formations and pushed on to the break in the cliffs to the North. The ascent is gentler once you get past the Old Man as the route makes a gradual climb up onto the ridge. The going under foot was also excellent and unbelievably dry. The views that opened up as height was gained were outstanding with astonishing visibility especially to the north with Suilven, Quinag and Fionaven clearly discernable.

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View along the Trotternish Ridge

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Hartaval backed by the Outer Hebrides

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Approaching the summit


The pleasant grassy top of The Storr is in stark contrast to its intimidating Western face. It makes a fine picnic spot and an even better viewpoint. From the whole of the North West Highlands spread out to the East, the Cuillin to the South and the entire chain of the Outer Hebrides to the West the panorama on offer is absolutely jaw dropping.

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South from he summit

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Long way down

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Panorama to the North


Following creeping to the edge to carefully take in the vertigo inducing views down to the Sanctuary we set off on the rapid grassy decent to Belach Beag.

The descent down the gully is steep but straightforward before what would probably normally be a bog trot back to the road. Today however it was bone dry as we finished off the walk by bouncing on springy turf rather than squelching through bog.

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Alpine flowers in the descent gully

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Looking back up the gully

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View south from the bottom of the gully

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Looking back up at the Storr


The Storr is a fine wee hill and well worth a few hours of anybodies time. In fact Grace was quite jealous once she’d seen the photos.
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Re: Glorious panoramas on the Storr

Postby jimandandrea » Mon Jun 11, 2012 10:04 pm

Great pics of Storr. You had such a clear day. We did it when we were up a couple of weeks ago. I had not realised it went to far behind the old man. What a view from the top - though not as good as yours. :clap: :clap:
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Re: Glorious panoramas on the Storr

Postby SusieThePensioner » Tue Jun 12, 2012 8:59 am

Another great report John :D Those photos and views are just fantastic :clap:
Jeff and I were lucky to get clear views like that last October :D
Looking forward to the next report :lol:
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Re: Glorious panoramas on the Storr

Postby ChrisW » Tue Jun 12, 2012 6:34 pm

wow- beautiful JK, reminds me of the day Sarah and I hiked up there, almost identical conditions, I took photos from almost the same locations too :shock: great memories, cheers :D
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Re: Glorious panoramas on the Storr

Postby L-Hiking » Tue Jun 12, 2012 8:41 pm

Great pics and report JK, what a great day you had. Memories of last september when I had similar conditions

Cheers :D
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Re: Glorious panoramas on the Storr

Postby Ranger » Wed Jun 13, 2012 10:17 am

Thanks for posting, saw these hills in Promeathus a few days ago! :lol:

Definitely on my to-do list these hills :D
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Re: Glorious panoramas on the Storr

Postby johnkaysleftleg » Wed Jun 13, 2012 2:15 pm

jimandandrea wrote:Great pics of Storr. You had such a clear day. We did it when we were up a couple of weeks ago. I had not realised it went to far behind the old man. What a view from the top - though not as good as yours. :clap: :clap:


SusieThePensioner wrote:Another great report John :D Those photos and views are just fantastic :clap:
Jeff and I were lucky to get clear views like that last October :D
Looking forward to the next report :lol:


Thanks for your kind comments. We did have fairly poor weeks in our last two visits so we were due a bit of sunshine! :D

ChrisW wrote:wow- beautiful JK, reminds me of the day Sarah and I hiked up there, almost identical conditions, I took photos from almost the same locations too :shock: great memories, cheers :D


For all the attention the Cuillin quite rightly receives the Trotternish Ridge is a fantastic place, quite unique.
L-Hiking wrote:Great pics and report JK, what a great day you had. Memories of last september when I had similar conditions

Cheers :D


Thanks LH

Ranger wrote:Thanks for posting, saw these hills in Promeathus a few days ago! :lol:

Definitely on my to-do list these hills :D


If you have the time Hartaval almost begs you to climb it on the way up. I'm sure you'll thoroughly enjoy the day. :thumbup:
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Re: Glorious panoramas on the Storr

Postby HighlandSC » Thu Jun 28, 2012 5:49 pm

Great pics. I do love wandering around in the Trotternish area - not made it to the Storr yet though - must get there soon!
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Re: Glorious panoramas on the Storr

Postby johnkaysleftleg » Fri Jun 29, 2012 5:59 pm

HighlandSC wrote:Great pics. I do love wandering around in the Trotternish area - not made it to the Storr yet though - must get there soon!


It was the Trotternish that first caused me to fall in love with Skye.

The Cuillin hiding for the entire visit may have had something to do with this however. ;-)
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Re: Glorious panoramas on the Storr

Postby RicKamila » Sat Jun 30, 2012 7:15 pm

Oh, my favourite place on Skye. Lovely photos. Makes me realise how much I miss Skye... (alas, it's only a 4-5 hour drive away!!)
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