Date: Monday 14th December 2015
A fine looking day in the offing. What to do is always tricky. A few options, but the chance of a wintry Trotternish revisit was too good to resist.
Started from the Old Man of Storr car park just around dawn. Another simple, short walk – taking the large, new path up to the Old Man, cutting on paths N to NG 500 545 to follow a path round the huge NE scalloped coire to access the NE ridge for a simple ascent to the summit. Returned the same way.
There’s a great view across to Torridon from this part of Skye. Especially nice at dawn in silhouette.
Cloud layers to the SE meant the sun took a while to get out of cloud. The Storr looked dramatic as always.
Lighthouses still flashing – Rona lighthouse sits in front of Beinn a Chaisgein Beag and Sail Mhor.
The path takes you up to the area under the Old Man in about 20 minutes.
The sun was making progress.
Dawn caught the hills on the mainland first – clear views up to Assynt and beyond. A crèche of crows was milling around one of the points, backdropped by Quinag and Foinaven.
Took a few pictures.
Microspikes on for the frozen ground we made our way up to the little ridge that gives access to the NE coire.
…..but it’s hard to resist.
There’s a path running round into the NE coire which then continues round on a contour to join the NE ridge at NG 493 550. Easy enough walking, although the fall-lines are rather eye-watering if in full winter conditions.
Happily it was just a wee dusting of snow for us.
Out of the sun for a spell the eyes are drawn to great hills in sunshine to the east.
Spotted a Golden eagle surveying the moor below. It sat around not shifting as we crossed the coire.
From the NE ridge Hartaval and the Trotternish running north are dramatic.
Mist was driving on from the east up the big scalloped coire.
The swirling mist was favouring the cliffline – the views west were clear. Great air clarity meant the Western Isles looked a short hop away.
The Trotternish with a bit of snow was a new look for us.
A short walk up to the summit. Last time it was grey, this time the low sun to the south made it challenging to take piccies.
Swirling mist over the summit with sunshine meant a few fogbows and Brocken Spectres.
The rockscape below was inspiring.
Sat around for an hour drinking in the views. Quite stunning really.
We made a couple of starts to descend….but kept going back. Hard to leave really.
Eventually started down into the mist filling the NE coire.
Quickly back round the coire in the mist, emerging back into the sun at the coire lip.
The mist was being lit along the line of the Storr – made for a rather atmospheric effect.
It’s just somewhere with a real WOW factor.
Looking south one of our alternative walks for the day – the Broadford Grahams – looked rather less impressive.
Back to the car for the hour’s drive back to Broadford. Stopped for a last pic of the Old Man.
A fine evening in the company of my parents was made even better by a rather impressive aurora.
Great day – well up there with the best of 2015. Can’t recommend The Storr highly enough.