Back at the street a final view back to the Old man of Storr and his family with an 85mm focal length. They are standing or sitting up there and enjoying the view down to the sea. The bright spots are some sheep. You can enlarge the image by clicking on it. Do you see the paths? No? Me, neither. As I already told you, there aren’t any.
The group is located approximately 450m above the sea and the name giving “Old man” is about 48m high. The Storr is the name of the whole mountain formation (750 m high), where the rock needles grew out (they were created by the rain while the surrounding material eroded and only the harder parts survived). They have a fantastic view downhill to the sea, the neighboring islands, and even the Scottish mainland (assumed the sight is good enough). I already showed it to you in my past posts
From the parking ground, you can follow a gravel path for a few hundred meters ending at a gate. Up to here, the path is steep but quite easy to walk. Behind the gate, the harder part of the way up starts. Following sheep trails, we climbed uphill. But, the ground was very soft and slippy because of the amount of rain.
I’m very happy to have been able to climb up and come back down safely. In case, you want to try it, don’t try it without very solid hiking boots. In addition, hiking poles could be very useful. I didn’t have had hiking poles but missed them.
Climbing up a steep hill has not only disadvantages. One benefit is, that you have (or at least can have) a very good sight. For this image, I turned my camera a little more to the left. Thus, The Old man of Storr isn’t in the image like it was in my image last week also taken from this point. But, you can recognize the lake and the sea way better.
The iconic rock needle called Old man of Storr located on the Isle of Skye. In the back you can see small parts of Loch Leathan, the Irish Sea, and the island Kyle. Only the needle to the left is called Old man. It’s 48 meters high. The other rocks beside him are sometimes referred to as his family. A second needle, referred to as being his wife, felt down a couple of years ago.
Climbing up here was very challenging. There’s not path to follow except sheep trails. The ground was quite soft and wet. In addition we had a lot of wind.Thus, I didn’t climbed higher than here and missed the overview from the view point. Coming down again, was even more challenging. The hillside does not only have no path, it’s also very steep and I’m very happy, having been able to reach the street without any severe injury. I slipped only once, but except dirty hands everything was fine.
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The Old man of Storr, an iconic rock ensemble, on the Isle of Skye. You can reach the group after climbing the mountain side for about an hour like a sheep or a mountain goat. The group is locate approximately 450m above the sea and the name giving “Old man” is about 48m high. The Storr is the name of the whole mountain formation (750 m high), where the rock needles grew out (they were created by the rain while the surrounding material eroded and only the harder parts survived). They have a fantastic view downhill to the sea, the neighbouring islands and even the Scottish mainland (assumed the sight is good enough).
This is my contribution to Monochrome Madness organized by Leanne Cole.
“Monochrome Madness” is now in its fifth year of existence. Look at Leanne’s site on Thursday (Australian time), to see many more monochrome images created by many other talented photographers from all over the world.
I’d also encourage you to participate. The conditions are published in each of her Monochrome Madness posts.