Following the recent bout of stormy weather, we (Kasia, Charlie the dog and myself) took advantage of the first sunny day in a while and decided to climb up to the Old Man of Storr. Located just a five minutes drive from the house, the hike to the Storr Sanctuary is probably the most popular walk on Skye. The climb from the car park is both steep and strenuous but is definitely worthwhile.
The iconic pinnacle of the Old Man stands guard over the Sanctuary, a whole array of rock formations beneath the towering cliffs. The pinnacle was first climbed in 1955 by the famous Alpine climber Don Whillans, who described the pinnacle’s brittle and loose surface as like trying to climb up porridge. Apparently, the Old Man lost his head during a severe storm over a century ago, something we can now fully understand having experienced our first true winter storm a couple of weeks ago.
Kasia and two old men …
Having had our fill of porridge at breakfast time, we opted to give the accent of the Old Man a miss and enjoy the amazing views towards the south of the island and across to Torridon and the mainland.
Old Man looking south
Anything for a treat…