Road trip to one of Scotland’s most amazing locations.

A somewhat darker trip to Skye than we’d anticipated after the car’s sat-nav led us to a closed-for-the-winter ferry port, necessitating a 3-hour detour back to Fort William.

Instantly mollified by the log-burning fire on arrival!

Breakfast of champions.

Back garden of our Airbnb – the second-best view to wake up to.

…the first being Giles.

The day’s itinerary. (Also the set of keys I accidentally kleptoed and had to mail to the owner when I got back to Glasgow.)

The path to the Storr. See you again in 9km’s time!

As part of the Trotternish ridge, the Storr was created by a massive ancient landslide, leaving behind one of the most photographed landscapes in the world. (According to Wikipedia, it’s also the longest such feature in Britain.)

Imagine this was to-scale and Giles was an actual direwolf.

The hill’s main attraction is a set of spires called the Sanctuary; the most famous of which is this gentleman: The Old Man of Storr.

Spot the Giles.


The Needle.

Put the needle on it, put the needle on it.

The Santuary appears in Alien prequel Prometheus, and – along with the Dettifoss waterfall in Iceland – continues our unwitting tour of that movie’s filming locations.

The Old Man of Storr and the young man of Glasgow.

A fearsome mountain bear.

So it occurred to me that the previous photos weren’t quite doing justice to the sheer scale of the Old Man…

…which was decidedly more enormous than it looked on camera.

Skye was also heavily used in the filming of Stardust, and with landscapes like this it’s not hard to see why.

(And again – note the tiny figure heading towards the Old Man.)

Most day-trippers are content simply to wander around the Sanctuary, admiring the pinnacles and gazing up at The Storr’s eastern cliffs. We were not those people.

Pit stop around the halfway point.

There are worse views to have lunch by!

Rainbow appearing from some suspiciously low-hanging clouds.

Scientists have finally discovered what’s at the end of the rainbow. 🌈

(Spoiler alert: it’s Giles.)

“What does it mean?” etc.

An increasingly snowy landscape the higher we ascended.

Water flowing beneath the ice. I quickly realised this didn’t work at all as a still so look out for the upcoming video, haha.

The summit in sight!

This was Giles first experience with snow. Turns out he’s a fan and was bounding about all over the place!

Stone marker at the she summit!

Also of note: GILES CLIMBED AN ENTIRE MOUNTAIN. The Storr is 719m high which – adjusting for Giles’ size – means he basically climbed Everest.

He also complained way less about it than I did.

We were rewarded at the top with the most spectacular view over Skye and the Sound of Raasay.

Officially a mountain dog! We need to sew the badge onto his fleece.

Skye High!

(Other puns considered: Skye’s the Limit and Clear Blue Skye.) 🏔️


See all the photos from Part 2 here.



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