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Old Man of Stoer

History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation

BY , EDITOR

The sea stack from above
Rocky coastline
Stoer Head Lighthouse

HERITAGE RATING: Heritage Rating  ?

Old Man of Stoer

The Old Man of Stoer is a dramatic sea stack north of Stoer Head Lighthouse in Sutherland. The Old Man (not to be confused with the Old Man of Storr rock needle on the Isle of Skye) is 60 metres high (197 feet in old money) and composed of Torridonian sandstone.

The stack is popular with climbers, though they have to be mighty cautious due to the frequent high winds in this area. The area is rich is sea birds, with fulmars nesting on the rock and the nearby cliffs.

VISITING THE OLD MAN OF STOER
There is a very nice walk to the Old Man from the parking area at the Stoer Head Lighthouse. A signposted trail leads along the cliffs to the stack. It takes about 30-45 minutes to walk the route. The trail is obscure in places, but there is absolutely no danger of getting lost; just follow the coastline and you will easily pick up the trail again.

There is one section where the path dips down into a small ravine and up the other side, and abit of agility is callled for, but any reasonably fit person will have no trouble at all. Please do wear good waterproof footwear, though, as the going can be boggy in places. Also, the winds along the coast can get pretty strong, so be prepared for cold gusts even on the warmest days of summer.

There is sometimes a coffee van at the Stoer lighhouse parking area, but otherwise no visitor facilities. Do take a moment to look over the lighthouse, built in 1870 by the famous Stevenson family of engineers for the Northern Lighthouse Board.

About Old Man of Stoer
Address: Stoer, Sutherland, Highlands and Islands, Scotland
Attraction Type: Countryside
Location: Park at Stoer Head Lighthouse. Signposted north of Stoer, on minor roads off the B869
Location map
OS: NC016351
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Opening Details: Open access site, usually accessible at any reasonable time


NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS

Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest

Stoer Head Lighthouse - 1.6 miles (Historic Building) Heritage Rating

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North West Highlands Geo Park - 9.3 miles (Countryside) Heritage Rating

Falls of Kirkaig - 12.3 miles (Countryside) Heritage Rating

Ardvreck Castle - 15.6 miles (Castle) Heritage Rating

Eas a Chual Aluinn Waterfall - 17 miles (Countryside) Heritage Rating

Bone Caves - 19.2 miles (Prehistoric Site) Heritage Rating

Sandwood Bay - 22.4 miles (Countryside) Heritage Rating



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    Nearest Tourist Information Centre ('as the crow flies')

Lochinver
Assynt Visitor Centre
Main Street
Lochinver
by Lairg, Sutherland
Highlands and Islands
Scotland
IV27 4LT
Tel: 0845 22 55 121
Fax: 01506 832 222
Email: lochinver@visitscotland.com
Web: http://www.visithighlands.com
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