The Storr is a rocky hill on the Trotternish peninsula. The Old Man of Storr apparently takes its name from the rock outline and the protruding pinnacle, which resemble the face of an old man. Standing at 719 metres, this pinnacle can be seen for miles around and often the reason many hikers come to Skye. The hike up to the Old Man of Storr is probably Skye’s most famous hike and certainly one of the most popular. The views from the top can be extraordinary and it is definitely worth any photographers time taking a trip up early in the morning to capture the scene at its most atmospheric and beautiful.
During the summer months parking can be difficult due to the popularity of the walk, however the car park has recently been extended to help cope with the rising demand.
The walk is roughly 3.8km and takes around 1 hour and 15 minutes to complete. It starts along a well built path winding its way up the mountain and can be steep in places. The path splits in two about a quarter of the way up and joins back again further up. We recommend you take the the right hand path, but they both lead to the same destination. On the approach to the pinnacle, the well built path ends and the trail instantly gets rougher with loose and uneven rocks. As you reach the Old Man the path becomes very steep so proceed with caution. There are a number of wooden gates on the trail keeping animals in/out so please close them behind you.
When returning from this walk take the same route back, it will take roughly 30 minutes to get back to the car park and as the route back is all downhill, making it significantly easier.