Old Man of Storr, Trotternish, Skye.

This evening, I am focusing on an unusual geological feature on the Isle of Skye, which forms part of the Inner Hebrides, a group of islands situated off Scotland’s West coast.

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 steep path leading from the roadside car park, a popular site for tourists.

Here is a video clip taken from Old Man of Storr vantage point.

The ‘Old Man’ feature is found in the Trotternish area of northern Skye. Here spectacular landslides formed when thick basalt lavas from the Tertiary age (65 million to 2.58 million years ago) flowed on to weaker sedimentary rocks from the Jurassic era causing the latter to give way. This landscape includes the Quiraing, Table, Needle, Prison, Dun Dubh and the Old Man of Storr.

More information on Isle of Skye’s geology can be found here.

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

Subject to reasonable visibility, the Old Man of Storr is usually visible to visitors travelling along the A855 to/from Portree.

Old Man of Storr in low cloud

Landscape view of Old Man of Storr