Travel to Scotland
Day 5 Broadford - Portree - Old Man of Storr - Kilt Rock - Fairy Glen - Broadford (179 Km.)
(in 41 km.) Portree: We started our second day on the Isle of Skye visiting its largest village. The main tourist interest of this town, in addition to its shops and restaurants, is the port, located inside a small bay, to which everyone comes to take some pictures of their houses painted in colors. The atmosphere was accompanied by a couple of girls in traditional dresses playing the bagpipes.
(in 11 km.) Old man of Storr: We left Portree and within a few kilometers we saw our objective: the Old man of Storr. It is a pinnacle that crowns Mount Storr and is the symbol of the Isle of Skye. There is a parking lot next to the road, but in summer it is full and many people park on the side of the road. Although the Old Man of Storr can be seen from the road, it is worth climbing up to it because the views from above are impressive. It takes about an hour and a half to get up and down (3.8 km,). The road starts at about 174 meters above sea level and the Old Man is about 430 meters above sea level. The first part of the road, although steep, is wide and flat.
Old Man of Storr
The upper part of the walk is much more complicated because the road is in poor condition. In this section we will find the rough and rocky path. On the final approach to the "Old Man" the road climbs upwards to the foot of the pinnacle of the rock. If you climb a little more you can see other rock structures such as "Needle rock". From the top the views are fantastic, look out over the sea over the islands of Raasay and Rona and over the mainland. Looking south there are views of the ´Storr Lochs´ and then of Portree and the hills of Cuiliin. The way back uses exactly the same route, but it is much easier since it is all downhill. It takes about 30-40 minutes to return to the parking lot.
Old Man of Storr
(in 13 km.) Kilt rock: A little further north we find another of the most famous postcards of the island. It is a waterfall formed by the waters of the Loch Mealt that falls directly on the sea. In addition to the waterfall itself, about 50 meters high, the views of the surrounding cliffs formed by basalt columns are impressive. After a sunny day and a half, the weather starts to spoil and we suffer from strong winds in the fenced viewpoint next to this tourist attraction. In the parking lot of the viewpoint there is a plaque with dinosaur footprints.
(in 7 km.) Quiraing: We continue on the A855 road and when we reach Brogaig we turn left towards Quiraing. We begin to climb a winding road and beautiful scenery. At the top there is a parking lot from which a popular path begins to see rock formations like The Needle, a 37-meter pinnacle, The Table or The Prison. When it arrives it rains and we just see the beautiful views over the valley, the Loch Sartle and the sea. Some birds fly over the viewpoint. We continue on the other side to Uig, finding many sheep on the road.
(in 41 km.) Fairy Glen: This is not a very touristy corner of the island that we found recommended on a website. It is a valley with a series of mounds that look like the houses of the fairies. Unlike other tourist places on the island, this is a very quiet corner. The best way to discover it is to ascend to the top of one of its mounds and enjoy the landscape. The drawback is that there is no type of indication and it can be difficult to find it. From a small parking lot, a path starts to go up to Castle Ewen, a rocky ridge from which you can see the landscape.
(in 66 km.) Broadford: We go back to the hostel.