17/09/2020

Old Man of Storr Walk - the route with the best views, Isle of Skye, Scotland

Old Man of Storr walk route map Skye Hike time wanderung store
A superb view of the Old Man of Storr. Whilst many people hike right up to the Old Man of Storr - few walk beyond it to a better view point in my humble opinion, which is where this photo was taken. Make sure you do and follow the map route below for the best views of the Old Man of Storr.


Where is the Old Man of Storr?


The Old Man of Storr is a distinctive rocky pinnacle out-crop on the Isle of Skye in Scotland, and is a probably the most famous and popular walk when on the Isle of Skye. It's in the north-east of the Isle of Skye, over looking the Sound of Rassay and the Old Man of Storr sits under the summit of The Storr. 


The Old Man of Storr is on the Isle of Skye, Scotland - where the red pin is. On the Isle of Skye you'll find the Old man of Storr just north of Portree on the north-east coast of this beautiful Island. 



How long does it take to walk to the Old Man of Storr?

The walk is surprisingly quite accessible, with a car park close by and it took us 1 hour 30 minutes for the full round trip with a few stops for photos and a bite to eat, overall the distance was 3.9km.

Old Man of Storr Walk details

Distance: 2.4 miles / 3.9km
Time: 1.5 hours
Difficulty: Moderate (ok for reasonably fit adults and children)



Old Man of Storr Walk map route best view
This walk starts at the large car park just off the A855 north of Loch Leathan. It follows a well marked path and you can't go wrong really (unless it's really poor visability). I think the best walking route is in an anti-clockwise manne, which doesn't immediately go to the Old Man of Storr - instead you walk away from it a little bit to get the best view from a slightly more elevated viewpoint at the very top of the route on the above map, which is also highlighted in the below map. After this you then head towards The Needle and Old Man of Storr, where you can have a mooch around at leisure ;-)





As you can see when starting the walk you already have gained some height at the car park, and whilst you always expect a bit of an uphill walk to see such amazing vies - I don't think it's not that much effort - ideal for kids and families too!







Old Man of Storr walk route map Skye Hike time wanderung store
Read on to discover where to get the best views of the Old Man of Storr



The Old Man of Storr Walk with photos of what o expect:



Approaching the Old Man of Storr on the A855 - you can just about make out the distinctive rocky pinnacle of the Old Man of Storr to the below right of The Storr summit


The car park is still under development (Sept 2020) - but you can see it's rather large and accommodating for plenty of cars. You will have to pay about £3 for a couple of hours. 


The path to the Old Man of Storr is clearly defined and on a day when the weather is kind you won't need much map reading skills.


Old Man of Storr walk route map Skye Hike time wanderung store
Here you can see the highest summit of The Storr but you don't go that high on this walk as the Old Man of Storr sits well below the summit of The Storr. At this path junction - most people take a left and go straight up to The Old Man of Storr - but for some superb views that most walkers don't go to - I'd recommend heading straight on first, towards the viewpoint above where the best views are of the Old Man of Storr. 

Old Man of Storr walk route map Skye Hike time wanderung store
Impressive eh! The best views of the Old Man of Storr are up here in my humble opinion! You can see the distinctive jagged rocky Old Man of Storr - with the higher summit of The Storr to the left just out of picture but we won't go that high on this walk.



Old Man of Storr walk route map Skye Hike time wanderung store
Simply stunning views of the Old Man of Storr with Loch Leathan to the left in the distance and the Sound of Rassay to the far left.  





This is the spot where you'll want to get that perfect photo and soak up the views




After the superb views from a distance we now head towards and unclose to The Old Man of Storr where you can have a bit of an explore. I love the sign here :-)




Old Man of Storr walk route map Skye Hike time wanderung store
It looks like a movie set up here and is very impressive.


You'll no doubt bump into others up here as it' quite popular. The actual Old Man of Storr is pictured to the right here - with the higher summit of The Storr in the background.


We head back down now but look back at the imposing rock face of The Storr!


Heading back down on the well made path - you can't go wrong really on where to walk unless the conditions and visibility are really poor



The path winds it's way all the back to the car park.



So there you go - I hope that sheds some light on The Old Man of Storr walk and it inspires you to visit the area. Before I done the walk I really wasn't sure what to expect, but it really is quite accessible and not as remote as you might think!





Post by Stuart Hodgson 
'The Hiking Photographer'


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