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The Storr, from Loch Fada, Portree, Skye
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HCD_CARD_225
PLACENAME
Storr
DISTRICT
Skye
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Portree
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Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre
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13009
KEYWORDS
landscapes
hills
mountains
lochs
The Storr, from Loch Fada, Portree, Skye

This photograph was taken by Loch Fada, north of Portree on the Isle of Skye. Loch Fada and the adjoining Loch Leathan feed the Storr Lochs Hydro Electric Station which opened in 1952. The single track road running along the side of the lochs was built to transport machinery and supplies to the site of the construction of the dam, pipeline and power station. Just visible in the right of the photograph is a collection of huts. These served as accommodation for the workers hired on the construction project.

Rising above the loch is the Storr, the mass of jagged, contorted rock that at 2538 feet is the highest point of the Trotternish ridge. Below the cliffs is the Storr Sanctuary where stand a collection of extraordinary basalt pinnacles. Most prominent of all these, is the Old Man of Storr. This 165 foot high tower is both a land and sea mark, visible for miles around. This is one of the most photographed views on all of Skye. The climb to the Old Man, and the surrounding area is well worth the effort, as the resulting panorama provides magnificent views to the mainland, the islands of Rona and Raasay and the Red Cuillins.

The Victorian climber Harold Raeburn noted that the 'Old Man may be climbable but we didn't make an attempt'. The first ascent of the Old Man was in 1955 when Don Whillan and James Barber successful scaled the basalt pinnacle. The route is understandably graded Very Severe.


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The Storr, from Loch Fada, Portree, Skye

INVERNESS: Portree

landscapes; hills; mountains; lochs

Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre

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This photograph was taken by Loch Fada, north of Portree on the Isle of Skye. Loch Fada and the adjoining Loch Leathan feed the Storr Lochs Hydro Electric Station which opened in 1952. The single track road running along the side of the lochs was built to transport machinery and supplies to the site of the construction of the dam, pipeline and power station. Just visible in the right of the photograph is a collection of huts. These served as accommodation for the workers hired on the construction project.<br /> <br /> Rising above the loch is the Storr, the mass of jagged, contorted rock that at 2538 feet is the highest point of the Trotternish ridge. Below the cliffs is the Storr Sanctuary where stand a collection of extraordinary basalt pinnacles. Most prominent of all these, is the Old Man of Storr. This 165 foot high tower is both a land and sea mark, visible for miles around. This is one of the most photographed views on all of Skye. The climb to the Old Man, and the surrounding area is well worth the effort, as the resulting panorama provides magnificent views to the mainland, the islands of Rona and Raasay and the Red Cuillins.<br /> <br /> The Victorian climber Harold Raeburn noted that the 'Old Man may be climbable but we didn't make an attempt'. The first ascent of the Old Man was in 1955 when Don Whillan and James Barber successful scaled the basalt pinnacle. The route is understandably graded Very Severe. <br /> <br /> <br /> This image may be available to purchase.<br /> For further information about purchasing and prices please email<br /> <a href= "mailto: skyeandlochalsh.archives@highlifehighland.com" >Skye and Lochalsh Archives</a><br />