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The Old Man of Storr, Trottenish Peninsula, Isle of Skye

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This wonderful, iconic location is great to photograph all year round but due to its eastern location on the island it's best suited to morning photography, I highly recommend going for sunrise to get the best shot.

The walk up to the Old Man is quite steep and strenuous, so if planning a dawn shoot leave plenty of time to climb to this location and take a torch.

Remember to check the weather forecast before you set off, it can be very changeable.

Once at the location the best view point is higher up cliffside, behind the Storr looking towards the Isle of Raasay and the mainland beyond. The classic composition can be composed from here with the Storr to the right of the scene with the mainland filling the background. Don't be afraid to be experimental, whilst it's hard to come up with a composition that hasn't been taken here before it is possible; try isolating the rock pinnacles using a telephoto for something new. If you do go to the base of the Storr be wary of rockfalls! 

It really is a magical place being arguably one of the best photography locations in the country, enjoy! 

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The Old Man of Storr

Unnamed Road
Highland, Scotland IV51 9HX
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jimbob's picture

I visited in May and found it to be too late in the year. Unluckily, I had 10 days of wall to wall 26°​sunshine, no clouds, no waves, blue sky - got a good tan, but no photos. November to February seems better - sensible sunrise / sunset times, low sun all day, fewer tourists, + "interesting weather" and a good chance of snowcapped mountains.