Isabelle's first mountain - The Old Man of Storr, Skye
|Needle rock in the foreground and the Old Man of Storr behind|
September 2014, Skye, Scotland
A year or so after getting married there in 2013 we found ourselves back on the Isle of Skye (Scottish Highlands) and, with both my parents and our new daughter Isabelle along this time, we wanted to head back up to the North of the island and walk up to Needle Rock and The Old Man of Storr.
It was a perfect day and the slight haze off Loch Leathan and the Sound of Raasay seemed to bring out the detail in the surrounding hills and forests giving it an almost HD quality (sadly not really done justice by the pictures from my phone!)
The basic plan was not to retrace our walk from 2013 (here), as the final ascent over and onto The Storr is not really suitable for babies, but to simply walk from the car park on the A855 up to the area around The Old Man of Storr and Needle Rock, have a bite to eat and then head back down to the car - hopefully without too many tears or tantrums, from Isabelle or me having to carry her!
|Looking down onto Loch Leathan|
Parking alongside the A855 just before Bearreraig Bay we (my Mum, Dad, wife Donna and daughter Isabelle) headed off along the track towards the Storr.
Since our last trip here in 2013 there has been a lot of tree felling on the lower slopes and whilst necessary it does make a huge difference to the initial few km's of the walk.
I'll be honest and say that as the track is so easy to follow and the destination points are so obvious to see (from the car park!) there isn't going to be a huge amount of substance to this post aside from a few route notes - it's more about the pictures as it was a beautiful day and the first real outing into the mountains for our daughter, Isabelle.
|The last section of the path up to Needle Rock|
|The Old Man of Storr|
|No wonder she's smiling - she doesn't have to carry anyone!|
Food! Save for water we had no food for Isabelle who was still being fed on milk - not ideal as she was due a feed soon! Oops! Now, leaving mum and dad to spend a bit of time on the mountain side, the challenge was to see how quickly we could get a baby and dog down the mountain and back to the car where food awaits...
|Needle Rock - always makes me stop and stare in wonder|
|Donna and Monty enjoying a break|
|Our family, bathed in Scottish sunshine!|
|That face says "where is my food?"|
Download GPX file of the route - here
Download PDF route map from Viewranger - here
Track log from Viewranger (recorded on my Nexus 5);