Old Man of Storr, Isle of Skye

Old Man of Storr, Isle of Skye

This evening, I am focusing on an unusual geological feature in the Trotternish area ( N.E.)  of the Isle of Skye, Scotland.

The northern two-thirds of Skye consist of plateau lavas covering some 400 square miles (259 ha.) to a depth of over 2000 feet ( 600m.). Here, large volumes of basalt have slipped over underlying Jurassic sediments to create a very unusual topography of which the Storr is a very good example.

The name Storr is of Old Norse origin and means great man.

The single, 165 ft ( 55 m)high pinnacle is known as the Old Man of Storr. This is the remains of an ancient volcanic plug and protrudes vertically, like a giant finger. This feature can be accessed via a path leading from the roadside car park.

Because of proximity to the road, my tours of Skye  invariably include a view of the Storr.

Rainbow at Old Man of Storr,Isle of Skye

Rainbow at Old Man of Storr,Isle of Skye

Old Man of Storr, Skye, Scotland

Old Man of Storr, Skye, Scotland

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