Old Man of Stor
Following morning we set out to explore north-west end of Isle of Skye – with iconic Old Man of Stor. Before starting the hike we briefly stop at yet one more lovely waterfall – Bride’s Veil Falls. From there we glimpse the pinnacle of Old Man Stor still in sunlight while dark clouds slowly roll in.
We suit up for the wind and drizzling rain but underestimate the strength – the hike up to the Old Man of Storr. The wind is so strong we barely can stop from falling over, and it runs the drizzle into abrasive – we came prepared to get wet. But not to the point of being wet all the way through down to the underwear. Still the scenery of Storr Sanctuary is amazing. No wonder it was picked as the location of sci-fi movie Prometheus directed by Ridley Scott.
We change into the dry clothes we brought and hide from the wind… and on towards next stop – Lealt Falls, but just a brief stop there as wind still howls.
Brother’s Point – Rubha nam Brathairean
When we arrive at trailhead to Brother’s Point – Rubha nam Brathairean – the weather clears enough for the sun, and rainbows… it’s still windy, slippery down the trail, but it’s a relatively short and splendid walk down to the sea. Trail passes near ruins of Roderick MacDonald’s (Ruaraidh Dhòmhnaill a’ Chùirn) house, whose family lived there until the late 19th century. The story behind the name might refer to monks living in the secluded area in 6th century.
In the distance we glimpse 55 m tall Mealt falls plunging from sea cliffs of Kilt rock right into the Sound of Raasa. Obviously that is going to be our next stop.
Unfortunately viepoint is located above the falls and while it gives a feeling the photographic opportunities here are quite limited. So we press on to Quairang – loosing the way for a bit, but exploring some neat little valleys. Unfortuantely the weather at Storr gave us such beating there is no more power left at this point to explore the trail – besides, it’s again windy and looking like more rain. So just some amazing views with a stern promise to come back one day.
Amazing thing about the Quiraing known locally as A’ Chuith-Raing is the fact that it is a giant and still slowly moving landslip on the eastern face of Meall na Suiramach, the northernmost summit of the Trotternish. The whole of the Trotternish Ridge escarpment was formed by a series of grand landslips.
Traversing Isle of Skye to west coast we reach Fairy Glen – an area of unusual rocky hills and outcrops overgrown with – rare here – trees. It’s a lovely part of the Island well worth a detour.
On the way back to our lodging we pass by forgotten phone box (which to my amazement still worked) and take a slight detour to check out Standing Stones of Borve.