The Old Man of Storr, part of the Trotternish Ridge on the Isle of Skye, is one of Scotland’s most unique and iconic geological feature. It’s also the highlight of Scotland’s most popular trail. For us, it was the windiest, foggiest trail we had ever hiked.
Looking at the landscape from the parking lot, we knew this was going to get cold and a little uncomfortable. But we bundled up as best as we could because the only thing that would deter us from an epic hike is 110°F / 43.3°C heat (e.g. summers in Arizona, our home state).
Hiking to the Old Man of Storr from the parking lot trail head is not a difficult hike but it is a slow, steady climb that requires some effort and may leave one breathing harder than usual. The beginning of the trail is clear cut, well maintained, and well traversed.
My souvenir scarf from John O’ Groats came in handy for this extremely windy hike.
Most tourists were content with stopping near this area and viewing the barely visible pinnacle from here. Like the Fairy Pools hike, this is another trail that is worth going the extra, steeper mile to bypass the crowds.
We climbed the extra effort to get to the summit.
And then we hiked beyond the pinnacles and were completely alone. The extra mile is always worth it!
Old Man of Storr Overview
- Coordinates: 57.4976296,-6.1591587
- Fees: FREE
- Difficulty: Moderate
- Usage: heavy
- Length: 5 Miles, Out & Back