The weather in Scotland is unpredictable at best, and the Isle of Skye even more so. So catching a view from the top of the Old Man of Storr is not a guarantee, and we were not afforded the privilege but luckily Scotland is good at being beautifully moody when overcast and foggy. We could barely see 10 metres in front of us once at the top, but enjoyed every minute of it – okay, okay, maybe not the first 15 minutes of walking uphill!
Difficulty: The walk is probably medium difficulty, depending on fitness level. The initial part of the walk is a graded path but with a steep incline, and then makes way to a steep rocky clamber at the end where the rocks have been fashioned into makeshift steps which can be muddy and very slippery. Take your time, and choose your footing carefully if it is wet. Compared to many walks on Skye this is a bunny hill, but still ranks 4 out of 5 walking shoes on walkhighlands.
What to wear: As I mentioned the walk can be very slippery, I would wear good hiking shoes, or at the least running shoes you don’t mind getting muddy and wet. A waterproof jacket and a warm jumper or jacket for underneath. The walk will heat you up, but once at the top it can get very chilly and quite windy. It was so cold up the top, our phones kept switching off, so bear in mind. I would recommend a backpack to carry extra layers and a water bottle.
Time: It took us about 50 minutes up and 50 minutes back.
If you have climbed to the Old Man of Storr on a clear day count yourself lucky!