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Beyond the Storr, there is much more.

Beyond the Storr, there is much more.


Postby RicKamila » Fri Oct 12, 2012 9:46 am

Date walked: 04/10/2012

Time taken: 3.5 hours

Distance: 8.5 km

Ascent: 854m

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We were a bit undecided what to do for our last walk of the week. Kamila wanted to do the Milovaig circuit, but Rick wanted to head up to the Old Man and then explore its surroundings. Rick won the coin toss.

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Misty Storr


Arriving at the car park at 10am, we set off up the path past the ongoing forestry work. We were stopped by a workman who then radioed ahead to his collegue and gave us permission to pass through a wooded area. Passing a large tree cutting machine, we stopped to chat to the next worker who told us about the cutting down of the trees which will be replaced over the next 3-5 years with Scots Pine to bring native species back to Skye.

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We reached the gate that enters below the Old Man and were greeted with cloud whisping through the pinnacles. Climbing past the Old Man and The Needle, we stopped for a drink and to admire the views of Raasay and the mainland hills of Torridon, also covered in whispy cloud.

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Looking across to the mainland


Following the path to the fence, we crossed it and scrambled up the rocks on the other side before following the path along the side of the face of The Storr. We did think that we might head to Hartaval, or even Sgurr a Mhadaidh Ruadh, but decided to head straight along the path above the loch to An Carn Liath.

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Loch Scamadal


We heard a rumbling noise and all of a sudden a helicopter with a camera on its nose appeared and we waved as it passed and began circling the Old Man closely. We carried on along the path and after ten minutes, the helicopter buzzed us quite closely and we waved goodbye to it as it heading off towards Staffin.

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The helicopter above Storr

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Wonderful Torridon

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The Helicopter flying away

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Lovely view


Torridon was clearing up across the water as we came to a grinding halt when we reached some loose dirt and rocks that we tried to cross, but gave up when realising if we slipped it would result in a 200-300m drop onto rocks. It was here that Rick proved his sighting of a submarine from the Quiraing was correct, as it was clearly visible passing around the back of Raasay. Retracing our steps, we eventually saw a sheep walking uphill, then disappearing over the top, so followed it and found a plateau. We stopped to have lunch with Hartaval behind us in all its glory, and Torridon in front of us. Rick didn't know whether to eat or take photos.

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At the steep, loose slope when we turned back slightly

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Submarine behind Rona

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Nice lunch break stop

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Hartaval


We chose to walk the length of the plateau, where the entire Trotternish Ridge to the north appeared, bathed in sunshine. The temperature up here was freezing, about 2C on the exposed ridge. We could have climbed down from here and carried on for as far as we wanted but retraced our steps back to the cliffs at Storr. We climbed up to the second cliff, where Rick tried to propose last year (see seperate Walk Report) and took more photos of the Old Man and the Cuillins from above. The submarine was visible again, it looked to be heading towards Kyle of Lochalsh.

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All the way to the Quiraing

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The west coast of Scotland is amazing

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The Old Man, His Maidens, The Needle, Loch Scamadal, Loch Leathen, Loch Fada, Raasay, Cuillins and the Mainland.

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By now, we were getting rather cold, so headed back along the path to the carpark. We passed an older gentleman who looked a bit out of breath with his nice camera and stopped for a chat. He asked which one was the Old Man so Rick pointed out all the features, including our 4th pair of Golden Eagles that appeared out of nowhere. We said goodbye and told him not to rush back down and headed to the forestry area. We couldn't believe how many trees had been cut down in the 4 hours we had been gone. The wooded area we saw the workman before was now clear. It was on the way down from here that we saw our odd walkers heading up.

Two Chinese ladies were trying to negotiate a boggy, muddy path in their brand new white Ugg boots. We then saw a lady in high heels heading to the same spot. As we got to the steep path near the start, we came across an old man with a stick making the climb up. We stopped and told him what was ahead and that maybe he should head back. Being stubborn, as old people can be, he refused and we told him to be careful and that there were people further up, He said he was fine and then stumbled his way up towards the workmen. What can you do in that situation other than accept their decision.

We got back to the cottage and had a lovely bbq and as the night was clear, Rick went outside with his camera and took a lovely photo of the Storr at midnight. A great end to a great holiday on a great island.

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5 minute exposure at Midnight
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Re: Beyond the Storr, there is much more.

Postby monty » Fri Oct 12, 2012 10:15 am

An excellent walk to complete your week on Skye. Great photos again. Odd walkers, ugg boots, hi heels :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Beyond the Storr, there is much more.

Postby RicKamila » Fri Oct 12, 2012 10:39 am

monty wrote:An excellent walk to complete your week on Skye. Great photos again. Odd walkers, ugg boots, hi heels :lol: :lol: :lol:


I know you can't stop tourist going up to the OId Man. Buses stop there all the time, but tell me, do you ever see the bus driver go up the hill? No, cos he knows how muddy it is :lol:
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Re: Beyond the Storr, there is much more.

Postby wilkiemurray » Fri Oct 12, 2012 10:47 am

great place - love the pics and report
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