OLD MAN OF STORR, ISLE OF SKYE, SCOTLAND
Chosen by Danielle Siobhan
Why do you love this place?
“This amazing rock formation was created by an ancient landslide, leaving one of the most photographed and iconic landscapes in the world. It’s also by far one of the most beautiful places that I’ve ever seen the sun rise. Even though the cutting wind nearly blew us off the slippery sections of the trail on our last visit, as soon as the sun started to rise and the views start to appear, we forgot all about how numb our faces felt.”
What’s your favourite way to explore it?
“In October 2019, I took the main route with five other photographers from the roadside car park to catch the sunrise from the summit. We started walking at 3am in the pitch dark, but as the track is very clear we found our way to the top within an hour, leaving us more than enough time for us to find perfect spots for our tripods.”
What about for first-timers?
“This trip had been my first time visiting the Old Man of Storr, so I can highly recommend the same trail we took. Given its short distance many people agree that this hike is doable in trainers, but the wind can be strong and tracks can get slippery, so I would always recommend hiking shoes.”
What to pack for your adventure?
“Water and snacks are a must. It won’t take you long to get there but once you arrive, you’ll want to stay for a long as possible. It’s the same reason I always take more clothing than I need too – I don’t want to feel cold or uncomfortable when I’m enjoying the view! Finally, obviously, a camera. I can promise you the views are worth capturing, whether you’re a photographer or not.”
Best photo opportunity?
“The Old Man of Storr is as beautiful up close as it is from afar. One of my favourite images was shot using a 70-200mm lens at 200mm. I have always loved details and I’m probably better known for my more abstract landscape photography. While other photographers like to focus on the Old Man of Storr within the wider landscape, I chose to shoot on a telephoto lens to compress the image, drawing the distant mountains closer to the foreground, creating a beautiful layered effect.”
Favourite place for a bite to eat afterwards?
“The Skye Blue Gallery for tea, coffee and cakes. We sat here for a quick bite and chatted with a fellow photographer who sells her prints there. Worth a visit to support the local businesses!”