A guide to hiking the Old Man of Storr in Scotland

The Isle of Skye, off the west coast of Scotland, is known for its dramatic and breath-taking views. It seems that with every corner you drive on this magnificent little island, you’re surrounded by absolutely stunning views unlike any other. The landscapes of Skye are unique to say the least and that’s probably why it is used as the backdrop to many a high-budget movie or television commercial.

One of the most iconic hikes on the Isle of Skye is the Old Man of Storr which somewhat resembles a CGI scene out of Game of Thrones or Lord of the Rings. In fact, it was actually used in the opening scenes of the 2012 film, Prometheus. The Old Man of Storr, or simply The Storr, is arguably the most famous hike on Skye and the great news is that it’s a relatively easy and quick jaunt.

The Storr was formed as a result of a major landslip during the ice age which has left dramatic rock formations along the cliff face of the Trotternish peninsula. For the most part, the hike is steady with only a few steeper and slippery parts towards the end.

Initially, there is a gravel path with a relatively tame incline which is suitable for anyone of average fitness levels. As you climb higher, the path becomes rocky and can be muddy if there has been wet weather but it remains a fairly steady climb.

Although you can see the Storr most of the way up, it is not until you get pretty close that you begin to appreciate the enormity of the beast. You will pass through a final gate at which point the designated path ends and you will follow a worn trail for the rest of the hike.

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