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 vantage 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 pinnacle in a rocky 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, just north of Portree on the north-east coast of this beautiful Island. 



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

The walk is quite accessible and it took us 1 hour 30 minutes 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, 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



Old Man of Storr Walk with photos:



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


The car park is still under development - 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 is clearly defined and on a day when teh weather is kind you won't need much map reading skills.


Old Man of Storr walk route map Skye Hike time wanderung store
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, and straight towards the viewpoint above where the best views are

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!



Old Man of Storr walk route map Skye Hike time wanderung store
Simple 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. Just out of the photo to the right is The Storr summit. 





Getting that perfect photo!




After the superb views from a distance we now head to The Old Man of Storr where you can have a bit of an explore




Old Man of Storr walk route map Skye Hike time wanderung store
Looks like a movie set up here!


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


The imposing face of The Storr!


Heading back down on the well made path way.



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!




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