The Old Man of Storr & The Quiraing:
Two of Skye’s Best-Loved Trails Go Head to Head.
When on Skye you must explore the dramatic landscape of the Trotternish Ridge. With stunning scenery, geology, cliffs, pinnacles and needles it feels almost otherwordly. Both the Quiraing and the Old Man of Storr have provided the backdrop to major films such as King Arthur, Transformers, Stardust, Macbeth and the Big Friendly Giant.
Compare the Old Man of Storr and Quiraing hikes.
|The Old Man of Storr||Quiraing|
|Landscape||165 ft (50 m) Basalt pinnacle||High cliffs, hidden plateaus and pinnacles of rock|
|Look out for||The Sanctuary, Storr Lochs||The Table, The Needle, The Prison|
|Parking||Good carpark and large layby||Roadside verge|
|Distance||4.5 km||4-7 km depending on route|
|Time||2 hrs||3.5 hrs|
|Options||Ascent of An Storr (+2-3 hrs)||Upper path (3-4 hrs)|
Hiking to see the Old Man of Storr
The Old Man of Storr is such a visible landmark when you explore north of Portree, that it begs a closer inspection. Walking is the best way to get up close and personal with this monolith and the paths surrounding it reward curious walkers with many different viewpoints with the sea lochs and Cuillin Hills adding to the magical drama of this hike.
We present you with a couple of options to enjoy this iconic landmark.