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The Old Man of Storr, Isle of Skye
EXTERNAL ID
HCD_CARD_227
PLACENAME
Storr
DISTRICT
Skye
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Portree
SOURCE
Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre
ASSET ID
13011
KEYWORDS
landscapes
hills
mountains
mountain climbing
The Old Man of Storr, Isle of Skye

The rock pinnacle that is The Old Man of Storr is one of Skye's most famous landmarks, visible from miles around. The Old Man is one of many peaks that make up The Storr, which rises to a height of 2,358 feet, on the southern part of the Trotternish ridge. One legend says that when an old man and his wife were searching for a lost cow, they met some giants and while fleeing, looked back and were turned to stone. The old man remains to this day, but his wife fell over some years ago.

Access to the Storr and the pinnacles is on a well-trodden path through forestry, then up a steep hillside. The panorama from the top is well worth the walk, with spectacular views of the surrounding parts of Skye, the islands of Rona, Raasay and over to the mainland.

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 successfully scaled the basalt pinnacle. The route is understandably graded Very Severe.


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The Old Man of Storr, Isle of Skye

INVERNESS: Portree

landscapes; hills; mountains; mountain climbing

Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre

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The rock pinnacle that is The Old Man of Storr is one of Skye's most famous landmarks, visible from miles around. The Old Man is one of many peaks that make up The Storr, which rises to a height of 2,358 feet, on the southern part of the Trotternish ridge. One legend says that when an old man and his wife were searching for a lost cow, they met some giants and while fleeing, looked back and were turned to stone. The old man remains to this day, but his wife fell over some years ago.<br /> <br /> Access to the Storr and the pinnacles is on a well-trodden path through forestry, then up a steep hillside. The panorama from the top is well worth the walk, with spectacular views of the surrounding parts of Skye, the islands of Rona, Raasay and over to the mainland.<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 successfully 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 />