Welcome to the Old Man of Storr, situated on the Isle of Skye in the Highlands of Scotland. Gaelic is spoken on the Isle of Skye and is an important part of the culture. The Old Man of Storr translates to Bodach an Stòir in Gaelic. When the weather is clear, the iconic landmark can be seen from miles around and is a renowned symbol of Scotland.
Created by an ancient landslip, the rock face and pinnacles were formed millions of years ago, when dinosaurs roamed the land. Legend varies around the ‘Old Man’, with some locals believing that the pinnacle is the thumb of a giant who is now buried underground, whilst others declare that the face of an old man can be seen in the rock face. Which do you think it is?
Please note: A full Gaelic version of this website is in progress, and we look forward to sharing that with you very soon.
The Trotternish Ridge is a 19 mile escarpment, formed from layer upon layer of hard volcanic rock that lies on top of layers of much weaker Jurassic age sediments. This ancient landscape may appear unchanging, but intermittent large rockfall shows all is not quiet. Look out for the huge rocks that came off the cliff face in summer 2004, coming to rest at the base of the Old Man.
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