For all the same reasons I picked the Old Man of Storr as our Isle of Skye hike, it is one of the island’s most popular hikes. I can’t wait to get to the Isle of Skye! No wonder Scotland is so popular with film sets, the scenery is incredible! 2 - Old Man of Storr This is probably the most famous walk on the Island and definitely the busiest. I was sold, my parents were game, and so I made the hike a non-negotiable part of my Scotland itinerary. Legend has it that Old Man of Storr was a giant who had lived in Trotternish. The Storr, which refers to the group of looming outcrops that include and surround the Old Man, is a title derived from the Norse word for “Great Man.” … The Celts were in Scotland for a long time, and they left a big imprint on the stories in the area. The views are incredible! Learn more about me. The trail changes dramatically once it leaves the previously-forested section. Fairies, image by John Anster Fitzgerald, edited by Lenora. I’m Maggie, a 20-something politico from Washington, DC, who always has one foot off the ground, looking for adventure. You have 2 options for parking your car: There is a main parking lot at the trailhead. For everyone else, well…it’s only 2ish miles! The old man of Storr is one of these beings, who was buried with earth when he died, but his thumb was left sticking out. Thanks so much, its always good to find out more about the place you live. I didn’t know about Old Man of Storr, but I’m adding it to our list for sure. You can see and read about my pilgrimage up his slopes here http://breathofgreenair.wordpress.com/2013/07/27/mountainous-masterpiece/. ( Log Out /  Getting to the Old Man of Storr. The old man of Storr is one of these beings, who was buried with earth when he died, but his thumb was left sticking out. Old Man of Storr Parking Guide. The Brownie and the Broken Heart This looks absolutely gorgeous! For who knows how long, the Old Man of Storr has been greeting settlers, farmers, Vikings, Scotsmen, and modern-day tourists to the bonnie green shores of Skye. The other popular legend is that the old man of Storr, along with his wife, were fleeing from the giants when they made the mistake of turning round to look at them—they were both turned to stone. One of the enduring stories relating to the Old Man of Storr is that it was the thumb of a giant who when he died became buried in the earth. The Isle of Skye is legendary and maybe that hike I can do, if your Mom did it! They’d probably rate this as moderate for how steep it is and it’s numerous slick and kind of dangerous sections. Like last year, when I *accidentally* took my parents on a 16-mile hike on Glacier’s Highline Trail. It’s up to your own judgment to either do what the sign says, or…do what the sign says. ( Log Out /  But omg about that guy with the blood on his legs – that’s nuts that the wind is THAT strong!! Great tips that I will make sure to save! Thank you, I am so glad you enjoyed the post. There is a pay and display car park at Storr which we found to be pretty busy. Hopefully we can make it one day and do this hike. The Norse people occupied Skye during much of its early history, and some of the current placenames reflect their influence. Please tell me your “Old Man Of Storr is a breeze” pun is intended! Change ). The Old Man is located only a 15-minute car ride from Portree, the largest town on the Isle of Skye. When he was laid to rest upon his death, his thumb—the “Old Man”—remained partially above ground.” Photo by Tre Dunham The Storr is a rocky hill on the Trotternish peninsula of Skye, with a serrated ridge of rocky pinnacles, of which the most prominent one is called the Old Man. I just did the Highline Trail a couple of weeks ago and that’s no joke. Legend has it that the Old Man of Storr gets its name because the rock outline and the protruding pinnacle resemble that of the face of an old man. Old Man of Storr, Kilt Rock and Lealt Falls Further north along the isle, in the Trotternish peninsula, we stopped to admire the Old Man of Storr. BUt straight up and back down can easily be done in the given time frame. I’m not sure I could have done so well along the steep parts. Close to the rock jumble, there’s a sign that says not to go any farther because of the possibility of falling rocks. Indeed, the opening scenes in the Ridley Scott's 2012 movie Prometheus were shot at the Old Man of Storr. There is a decent-sized car park at the bottom of the Old Man entrance path. Necessary cookies are absolutely essential for the website to function properly. What once used to be a forest of non-native trees is now a re-vegetation area for native species. British composer Matthew Taylor composed the orchestral piece Storr, which takes its name and inspiration from the rock formation, which the composer found awe-inspiring on a visit there. It’s not as if you can get lost! And glad you made it out alive and won’t have “death by wind” written on your tombstone now LOL. Why it isn’t called “Storr’s Thumb” or something like that is anyone’s guess. The Old Man of Storr has the chance to have its own legend. British composer Matthew Taylor composed the orchestral piece Storr, which takes its name and inspiration from the rock formation, which the composer found awe-inspiring on a visit there. Required fields are marked *, By using this form you agree with the storage and handling of your data by this website. The Old Man of Storr is located on the Trotternish Loop, 7 miles north of Portree. For seasoned hikers or anyone in shape, the Old Man of Storr is a breeze. They didn’t leave the naming to me! It’s less a trail and more a “choose your own adventure, pick which way looks easiest” path. Thanks so much for sharing it. Plus, the views were incredible. They are said to resemble a hobgoblin. You can stick your face in a river for eternal beauty. THE OLD MAN OF STORR The Storr is a majestic rocky cliff located on the very popular Trotternish Ridge. If you’re thinking about checking out an Isle of Skye hike, I definitely recommend paying the Old Man of Storr! You can’t beat those views! The Legend of the Old Man of the Mountain (Myths, Legends, Fairy and Folktales) Welcome to the dark castle Back to this rocky pinnacle which towers high over the Skye island. I can’t imagine wind so strong that you were worried your mom would be blown away. What’s with the name? It is the most crowded between 10 am and 3 pm. Love all your pics. Jutting out of the undulating terrain, this 160-foot-high stack of rocks is one of the most epic in Europe and probably the most photographed place in Skye. Pingback: Old Man of Storr – RISING OUT OF THE OCEAN, Pingback: Raasay to Lochmaddy – Tim Collier Photography. Even today when people no longer believe in fairies, giants and brownies these tales still have the power to enchant and fascinate. Old Man of Storr on the Isle of Skye in Scotland. Roundtrip is only 3.8km, 2ish miles. The Storr is a rocky cliff on Trottenish Ridge with the Old Man of Storr being its tallest free-standing rock formation. The slightest attempt to reward them for their service, will result in the brownie disappearing for ever. Legends are great to hear, but we can also usually find scientific explanations behind every event. This is one of my FAVORITE hikes in the world! In the picture above, there’s a rock outcrop that many hikers choose to scramble on top of as their “end of hike” spot. The upside is that means you can see all of its fascinating, beautiful features: no rock formation or glistening waterfall is tucked behind a row of bushes. A couple of miles north of Portree, you find the most bizarre geology on the island, the Old Man of Storr. Those volcanic rocks are fascinating, what a scenic landscape! … The story goes that a villager by the name of O’Sheen saved the life of a brownie and never asked for anything in return. I really need to make it to the Isle of Skye as this hike looks beautiful. The pinnacle is thought to be the remains of an ancient volcanic plug from the Tertiary period. In order to put an end to the quarrel, a priest from Skye decided to travel to Rome and speak to the Pope himself. Since it’s so popular, what were the crowds like? The best times to visit are early in the morning and later in the day. Which means that the limited parking area gets full pretty early. The downside is that there are no illusions about how straight-up a hike will be. A truly stunning spot with clear views of Raasay Bay, the Atlantic Ocean, Skye’s epic greenness, and that super impressive cliff. I lived in Edinburg for two years and loved the Isle of Skye. For someone who grew up in the UK, I really haven’t seen as much of Scotland as I should have. And, spoiler alert, no part of the trail ever felt crowded, something for which we were very thankful! One of the enduring stories relating to the Old Man of Storr is that it was the thumb of a giant who when he died became buried in the earth. Scottish culture is chock full of naturalistic Celtic myths and legends that speak of magical beings living under hills, and waters filled with beasts large and small. ( Log Out /  Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. With so much natural beauty, Skye is a hiker’s paradise. Fairy Glen. Traverse of the Trotternish Ridge, http://www.theskyeguide.com/walking-mainmenu-32/34-stretching/205-trotternish, Supernatural & Mythical Stones of Scotland, http://seeker7.hubpages.com/hub/Supernatural-Mythical-Stones-of-Scotland, Skye: The islands and its legends, Otta F. Swire, 1961, Scottish folk and fairy tales, Sir George Douglas (editor), reprinted 2005, Miss Jessel, thank you for another informative and intriguing post, Lenora. Appearing in films such as Prometheus and Snow White and the Huntsman, the power and mystery of the stones continue to play their part in shaping imaginations as well as their own legend. You also have the option to opt-out of these cookies. It was windy, drizzled at times, and the clouds were very low. As a popular hotspot for hikers and photographers, the parking was almost full even though we reached early (about 930am), and cars were spilling onto the layby along the main road. They were a non-native species brought to Skye for the purposes of logging, but now the government is rehabilitating the area and allowing native plants to grow. After reading this I really want to go back and definitely do this hike. This specific ground under those specific geological movements created sharp rock formations, with altitude differences. Beginning the unmaintained 2nd half of the trail. Great guide! Finding great hikes when I travel is one of my favorite things. Isn’t it?! all the best, Lenora. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. it looks stunning & your photos are amazing , Interesting post! When the brownie returned and heard of his friend’s death, he was so upset, that he chiselled two rocks, a larger one in honour of his friend, which became known as the Old Man of Storr and a smaller one for O’Sheen’s wife. We visited in January 2017. Omg, that edited version of the sign is so funny and useful. The afternoon we went the weather looked like it might take a turn for the worse, as can happen in Scotland. “Legend has it that the Old Man of Storr was a giant who resided on the Trotternish Ridge. And thank you for sharing with the rest of us. The belief that fairies were part of an unknown, dark and invisible world, a threatening malevolent presence to be feared can be seen in their portrayal in folktales where they are often shown as devious, tricking humans and even stealing their souls. The Isle of Skye is filled with Celtic mythology. This is a legend that comes from Gaelic mythology. Short Trail, Big Payoff: Steall Waterfall Hike, Best of Banff: Plain of Six Glaciers Hike. How was The Old Man of Storr formed? Cheers to our awesome host for the tip!). Looks beautiful and definitely adding it to my hiking list for when I visit. Legend has it that the Old Man of Storr was a giant that lived on the Trotternish Ridge. Expect it to be very busy. My mom has 26 years of experience of me dragging her onto trails I promised wouldn’t be so bad. Legend has it that in the early years of Christianity in Scotland, a dispute raged over the exact date of Easter. One formation, in particular, is well-known for both reasons; the tower of igneous rock acts as a sentinel on the island’s northeastern coast, along what’s called the Trotternish Ridge. I’ve never been to Scotland but it is high on my need to visit list! Your email address will not be published. Wonderful post! This was actually my first UK hike, but I definitely want to go back and do more! Sounds like you had a really fun time, glad your parents managed to do it too! "; Storr's legend - Several legends surround the monolith about devil, giants and broken heart (like many legends lol) - One of the enduring stories is that the pinnacle is the thumb or a giant buried in the Earth But she only slipped a couple of times, and popped right back up like a piece of toast! The trailhead is located 7 miles north of Portree on A855. The Old Man of Storr is a great Isle of Skye hike. This hike looks like something my husband and I would enjoy too – love the landscapes! When he dies, he was buried with his finger left sticking out, creating the ridges. Moderate hikes are right up my alley…you don’t want to be exhausted when you’re on vacation lol. From the parking lot, you can see the whole length of the trail as it snakes its way over the moor and up the mountain to the Old Man. You done it! I wrote a full article about The Legends of The Old Man of Storr. Just past that rock outcrop is another gate, and from there the trail leads out to the edge of a massive cliff, where the Trotternish ridge abruptly ends. 4. I am so happy for you. Any cookies that may not be particularly necessary for the website to function and is used specifically to collect user personal data via analytics, ads, other embedded contents are termed as non-necessary cookies. Be sure to dress for the changeable Scottish weather: Waterproof jacket (even if there’s no rain the forecast), Layers (it was much windier and colder at the top than at the parking lot, even though we didn’t gain a lot of elevation). When he dies, he was buried with his finger left sticking out, creating the ridges. The Old Man of Storr is iconic Scotland: spiky pinnacles of rock set against the backdrop of rolling green hills and the coastline of the Isle of Skye. The Old Man of Storr looks like a fun hike with a good little story behind it. Situated off the west coast of Scotland, the Isle of Skye is known for its beautiful scenery and unique land formations. But opting out of some of these cookies may affect your browsing experience. Climbing the Storr early one dawn just as the sun began to rise, he performed a spell which raised the devil and transformed him into a horse. Scotland is a land full of myths and legends, and the tale behind this rock formation is another example. Why it isn’t called “Storr’s Thumb” or something like that is anyone’s guess. Also nice how it’s not too long either! The Old Man of Storr is the Isle of Skye’s most popular and most photographed location. You are so lucky to live in Skye. The priest was successful and despite the devil’s trickery, arrived in Rome, learnt the date of Easter and returned safely to Skye. Read on for details. Another version is that whilst fleeing from attackers, two giants, an old man and his wife made the unfortunate decision to look back and as they did so were turned to stone. In January 2012, production of the science-fiction film Prometheus moved to the Isle of Skye, with filming taking place at the Old Man of Storr. Surprisingly, though we are always looking for new hikes, we never did go up to the Old Man of Storr. However, we will here get deeper into the facts. Location: Old Man of Storr and car park 6 miles north from the village of Portree at an elevation of 2,300 feet Where We Camped: Torvaig Campsite & Caravan Park The Hike: 3.8km route, about 1.30 min or 3 hours round trip. The views were amazing, the time commitment was minimal (so we had more time to explore other parts of the island during our short, two-day stay), and despite its popularity, the crowds were manageable. It is absolutely beautiful so I expect your parents forgave you. We got about 3/4 of the way up before the path became very narrow and steep. My parents are definitely not couch potatoes, but they’re also not gymaholics like I am. The priest had to use all his wits to answer the questions truthfully but at the same time avoid mentioning the name of “God”, which if uttered would break the spell resulting in the devil disappearing and the priest falling into the sea. However, it can fill up early in the day if you’re visiting during peak tourist season (July-August). While the first half of the trail would be fine to hike up in any kind of weather, the second would be really dicey in slick conditions – which, being Scotland, is very common. The Old Man of Storr is part of the Trotternish Ridge which is about a 10 minute drive north of Portree, the main town on the island. I can’t believe I haven’t been to this part of my home islands yet, its defo on the list for my next visit to the land of the Scots. Is it really worth including in your Scotland itinerary? My mom’s hiking shoes didn’t have much traction, and it was rough going for her, especially on the way back down. (As you drive north on A855 out of Portree, a quarter-mile before you reach the Old Man of Storr lot, there’s a gravel lot by a bus stop on the right. We also use third-party cookies that help us analyze and understand how you use this website. Miss Jessel and I love delving into the weird and unusual aspects of history and folklore, I hope you enjoy reading more of our posts! We were there on a rare, clear un-Scotland like day, but the path was muddy in spots from past rain showers. These cookies will be stored in your browser only with your consent. Skye is so gorgeous, you definitely need to visit soon! Thank you!! Another legend tells of a man and his wife who were running away from some giants. We took the advice of the hikers who had gone before and read the edited version of the sign. When the rest of the ground was moving because of the landslips, a particular mineral was able to differentiate itself from the others: the gyrolite. I have lived on Skye my entire life and have never heard any of these stories. The Old Man is a large standing formation of rock part of the Trotternish ridge. The Old Man is a large standing formation of rock part of … The Legend of the Old Man of the Mountain (Myths, Legends, Fairy and Folktales) [Ortakales, Denise, Crawford, Robert] on Amazon.com. Loch Ness Beautiful pictures. 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This had been our original goal (ok, MY goal; my mom was less enthused about hiking MORE uphill than was necessary); at least, until a young man passed us on the way down with blood dripping down his legs, telling us how the wind had knocked him over while standing on top of the rock. The other popular legend is that the old man of Storr, along with his wife, were fleeing from the giants when they made the mistake of turning round to look at them—they were both turned to stone. It is truly one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited and the history and folklore which are so much a part of the landscape just make it even more magical. It’s all uphill, but roundtrip is only 2ish miles. Hi Rachael, thank you for visiting and for your kind words. Sure, you can take it all in from the seat of a car, but why not explore a little deeper by taking an Isle of Skye hike? Fortunately, our AirBnB host warned us about this the night before and told us about a lesser-known car park a quarter mile down the road from the trailhead. It is mandatory to procure user consent prior to running these cookies on your website. “Storr” is the Norse word for “great man” and is the name for a cluster of volcanic rocks that includes the “Old Man” that the hike visits. Out of these, the cookies that are categorized as necessary are stored on your browser as they are essential for the working of basic functionalities of the website. It isn’t just beautiful; the Isle of Skye will make you say “I can’t believe this is real, and I can’t believe I get to be here.” It’s no wonder this far-flung landscape is one of Scotland’s most visited places and can’t-miss part of any Scotland road trip. We’ve done a lot of hiking and a lot in the UK but not as much up in Scotland as we want to. The spectacular ridge of hills (the result of a massive landslip) that runs for about 30km, form the backbone of the Trotternish peninsula in the north east of Skye contains one of the islands most recognisable landmarks, the Old Man of Storr (in Gaelic ‘Bodach an Stòrr’). This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. So I’m sure she wasn’t entirely surprised when she looked up from the parking lot at the trail ahead and realized this would not be the walk in the park that I (or any of the articles I had read online) had advertised. Guess we gotta go back to fix that! Old man of Storr height - 48m (160feet) - According to the information at the beginning of the walk, its height is "the same as eleven double decker buses stacked on each other! Despite that, this is the part of the trail where the real fun begins. I’m so happy for AirBnB hosts who give useful tips on local sights! The legend states that The Old Man of Storr is named after a giant who resided in Trotternish Ridge. One day whilst the brownie was away, O’Sheen died of a broken heart following the death of his wife. But the owners of those cars were so spread out along the trail that it didn’t look packed. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. The Old Man of Storr is an iconic pinnacle of rock nestled amongst the crags in the Isle of Skye, Scotland. The formation of many natural features was often ascribed to the exploits of these giants who frequently came into conflict with men, always coming off worse. There are multi-day treks through the Cuillin mountains, casual walks through glens, and lots of options in between, like visiting the Old Man of Storr. The trail is steep but short. Yes, the car park was filled to capacity. Get them delivered straight to your inbox instead! One of the many side trails leads directly to the base of the volcanic rock formation. Legend has it if you stick your face in the water … The area is composed of ancient lava flows. Epic 8-Day Scotland Itinerary - Pink Caddy Travelogue. Legend has it that the Old Man of Storr was a giant that lived on the Trotternish Ridge. Will be back again soon. How scary! There are two different routes you can choose, we decided on the one to the left and started the walk up to the old man, and found this pretty hard going. You can look and see that the whole trail is, in fact, straight up. I would have a great time on the hike taking photos. The carpark is very obvious, mainly because you’ll see the Old Man of Storr as you’re driving along the A855 and then it’s just a matter of stopping once you see the car park on the left side of the road (when travelling from Portree). Surprisingly, no, it doesn’t look like an old man. According to the legend, the Old Man of Storr was a giant who had lived in Trotternish Ridge and when he was buried, his thumb remained partially above ground, creating the famous jagged landscape. Not wanting to lead my parents to an untimely death-via-wind (because there’s got to be a more epic way to go than “wind”), I sought out a more suitable ending spot. A lovely mysterious post about the Old Man. Hills & Mountains The Old Man of Storr is situated in the north of the Isle of Skye in the Trotternish area. “Storr” is the Norse word for “great man” and is the name for a cluster of volcanic rocks that includes the “Old Man” that the hike visits. There’s no real end to this hike, no signpost saying “you are here”  (or cheerleaders congratulating the less-than-fit for making it to the top), or an obvious summit with the best view. The views of and from Old Man are spectacular! Some spots were extremely slick – it would be impossible in the winter. Legend has it that the Old Man was once a giant and when he died, he was buried in the ridge with his finger sticking out. And once we were past that saddle, we left both the wind and most of the other hikers behind us. Scotland’s Isle of Skye is a playground full of otherworldly features. This website uses cookies to improve your experience. & The Isle of Skye is something I would 100% visit! If the other lot is full, park here. I had forgotten the stories about the Old Man and the Old Woman told by our driver and guide. Those views are a just reward for that effort! Scotland has always been on my to-visit list. Legend has it that Old Man of Storr was a giant who had lived in Trotternish Ridge and when he was buried, his thumb was left jutting out the ground, creating the famous jagged landscape. This is such a typical thing to do in Skye, but it’s definitely one of my favourites!! Learn how your comment data is processed. THE OLD MAN OF STORR The Storr is a majestic rocky cliff located on the very popular Trotternish Ridge. I was writing up legends for my photographs today and found your page and thanks for jogging my memories! Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. This website uses cookies to improve your experience while you navigate through the website. This was definitely a great shorter hike, but I have no idea there are incredible all-day hikes on Skye too. Pinnacles of volcanic rock jut up from the earth in seemingly random places, fairies flit around pools tucked into verdant glens, waterfalls spring from treeless moors and tumble across highways, and craggy, forbidding mountains create an imposing skyline. Legend has it that Old Man of Storr was a giant who had lived in Trotternish Ridge and when he was buried, his thumb was left jutting out the ground, creating the famous jagged landscape. This image is featured in Scotland guidebooks, blog posts, and travel posters. Rallying a five man team, the adventurer set out with highliners, Benjamin Kofler That’s a hike that I wouldn’t even attempt to do. As someone in their mid-twenties who lifts weights, dances, and is in generally good shape, I found this trail to be pretty easy. I would love to visit the Isle of Skye one day! Brownies are common in Scottish and English folklore. On the way back down, we had to pay a visit to the Old Man of Storr (after all, that’s who we came to see!). I’ve heard the wind can get pretty crazy though. Standing at an elevation of 2,359 feet and at a height of about 160 feet, its prominent position and strange shape have over the centuries given rise to a number of stories which even today imbue the landscape with a sense of mystery and romance. Thank you for your kind comment, glad I could be of some help. The views just get more and more amazing the higher you move up the mountain – sights unfold below you that simply can’t be gotten from the road. Pingback: Mountainous Masterpiece | breathofgreenair. Because, with nothing blocking the view, you can see the end goal – the Old Man towers over hikers the entire way. The first half of the trail once traveled through a pine forest, but the trees were cut down a few years ago. 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