Old Man Of Storr is a dramatic rock formation, high up on a hill called The Storr, which has one of the best views on the Isle of Skye. Here is a complete guide.
How To Get To The Old Man Of Storr
Located in the peninsula of Trotternish, the Old Man of Storr is just over 6 miles north of the town of Portree, capital of the Isle of Skye.
Follow the A855 north for just over 6 miles. A path leading to The Storr leaves the A855 just past Loch Leathan.
There is a decent sized car park at the start of this path where you will also find public toilets. As well as the car park there are also some parking places along the main road.
From here it will take you approximately 45 minutes to walk up to the Old Man of Storr, if you don’t stop along the way.
For those short on time, or that prefer everything to be organised for them, there are some awesome tours on Get Your Guide available to book in advance.
If you would rather just take a look at the Old Man of Storr, along with other famous landmarks, Isle of Skye and Eilean Donan Castle Tour from Inverness is a day trip that fits in everything.
Old Man Of Storr Entrance Fee
It is free to visit this attraction.
Old Man Of Storr Opening Times
Open every day of the week, all year round.
Best Time To Visit The Old Man Of Storr + Tips
The Old Man of Storr is probably the most popular of all the things to do in the Isle of Skye and definitely the most photographed.
Therefore, early or late in the day are probably the least busy times to visit.
It can get quite misty here and as a fine day is better for you to really enjoy the stunning views keep an eye on the weather.
The footpath can become muddy when wet, so care and appropriate footwear is recommended.
Allow a couple of hours for your visit, so that you can take in the spectacular scenery and get some great photos.
What To Pack
The History Of The Old Man Of Storr
Part of the Trotternish peninsula, the northernmost peninsula of the Isle of Skye, The Storr was created by an ancient landslide.
The landslide left a rocky outcrop on the slopes of The Storr that, when seen face on, resembles the face of a craggy old man. Hence the name ‘The Old Man of Storr’ was born.
The Old Man of Storr gazes out across the stunning landscape of the Sound of Raasay and Loch Leathan from his position high up on the slopes of The Storr.
Furthermore, The Old Man of Storr, with his surrounding wild landscape has featured in some well known films including The Wicker Man and Snow White and the Huntsman.
What To Expect At The Old Man Of Storr
From the carpark, if you look up, you will be able to see The Old Man of Storr and the spectacular cliffs that surround him.
He gazes out across the stunning landscape of the Sound of Raasay and Loch Leathan from his position high on the slopes of The Storr.
The climb up to the foot of The Old Man is classed as a moderate. It takes about 30 – 45 minutes, depending on your fitness levels and longer if you stop.
However, I would recommend stopping now and then to enjoy the amazing, panoramic views. As well as make the most of the awesome photo opportunities.
From the car park, head through the wooden gate and follow the gravel path up the hillside. It is steep in areas and you will pass through a couple more wooden gates.
The gravel path stops and you then follow a grassy path that can become muddy at times. After this it becomes a bit rocky but you will have amazing views ahead of you of the cliff face.
The Old Man will be to your right until further up when you turn and follow the path towards him. Once at the foot of the Old Man it becomes pretty steep and not everyone continues to the very top.
However, if you get to the top, you will have breathtaking views out over the Islands of Raasay and Rona and beyond to the mainland. As well as, views to the south of the Storr Lochs, Portree and the Cuillin mountain range.
Going to the summit and back, covers a distance of about 4km and you follow the same route back down to the car park. It should be a bit quicker going back down the hill!
Overall an absolute must on the Isle of Skye and it tied in nicely for us after visiting Fairy Pools in the morning.
Where To Stay In The Isle Of Skye
Luxury – Monkstadt 1745 Luxury Lodge
Featuring mountain views, Monkstadt 1745 Luxury Lodge in Portree features accommodation, a garden, a shared lounge, a restaurant and a bar. Both WiFi and private parking are accessible at the lodge free of charge.
Monkstadt 1745 Luxury Lodge offers a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with free toiletries, a hairdryer and shower.
An à la carte, Full English/Irish or vegan breakfast is available each morning at the property.
If you would like to discover the area, hiking and cycling are possible in the surroundings.
Mid-Budget – Balmacara Hotel
Situated on the shores of Loch Alsh, Balmacara Hotel is just 5 minutes’ drive from Kyle of Lochalsh, the main crossing point to the Isle of Skye. Live music is available in the on-site pub. Free private parking is also available.
An en suite bathroom, TV and tea/coffee making facilities are available in each Balmacara room, and most come with scenic views across Loch Alsh towards the Isle of Skye. Some of the contemporary themed rooms come with with Victorian antiques on display.
Guests can savour views of the Loch as they enjoy their meals. Specialities include local seafood and game. Plus a full English breakfast is available in the 1930’s style coffee lounge.
Budget – Skye Backpackers
Facing the seafront in Kyleakin, Skye Backpackers features barbecue facilities. Among the various facilities are a garden and a shared lounge. Both free WiFi and private parking are available at the hostel.
Rooms are complete with a shared bathroom, while some rooms at Skye Backpackers also provide guests with a seating area.
The 8 and 10 bed mixed dormitory rooms are in large static caravans in the back garden, with 24-hour access to all facilities within the main house, as well as an outdoor wash block and hot drinks station.
Cycling, fishing and hiking are among the activities that guests of the accommodation can find nearby.
For more places to stay in The Isle Of Skye, you can check the latest prices on Booking.com.