The Old Man of Storr is one of the most famous walks in Scotland, and definitely the most popular in the Isle of Skye. Roughly an hour’s steep hike will take you to panoramic vantage points over unique rock formations and the stunning distant landscape.
You’ll want to try and pick a clear day to visit here if you can, and then head up early morning or late afternoon to avoid all the crowds. That way, your time there can start off more relaxed by getting a space in the new car park (which will cost you £5). Head towards the wooden gate at the top end of the car park and then the steep climb quickly begins.
Hopefully after the initial climb, your spirits are still relatively high – take a break, and then move on to climb the steps – which you’d think would be easier, right? Well we’ll let you see for yourself…
When you reach the top of the stairs, have a snack, make sure you look back to admire the view and then you can choose your next route. There are several worn paths to explore at the top, some that go up to the large pinnacle rock, some that go around, others will take you higher to another vantage point with 360° views. These routes are of course all challenging in their own respect, so make sure you take weather conditions into account and stay safe.
It’ll take you the best part of an hour to descend from the summit of the Old Man of Storr, as well as a nice test to check your knees are still working and in good nick.
Not sure where to go from here? You’re just around the corner from The Quirrang – don’t leave Skye without visiting there!