Old Man of Stoer
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
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 in seabirds, 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 a bit of agility is called 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 lighthouse 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.
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About Old Man of Stoer
Address: Stoer, Sutherland, Scotland
Attraction Type: Countryside
Location: Park at Stoer Head Lighthouse. Signposted north of Stoer, on minor roads off the B869
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)
Clachtoll Broch - 4.7 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Culag Woods - 9.5 miles (Countryside)
Little Assynt (Leitir Easaidh) - 11.5 miles (Countryside)
Falls of Kirkaig - 12.3 miles (Countryside)
North West Highlands Geo Park - 13.9 miles (Countryside)
Wailing Widow Falls - 14.5 miles (Countryside)
Ardvreck Castle - 15.6 miles (Castle)
Nearest Accommodation to Old Man of Stoer:
Nearby accommodation is calculated 'as the crow flies' from Old Man of Stoer. 'Nearest' may involve a long drive up and down glens or, if you are near the coast, may include a ferry ride! Please check the property map to make sure the location is right for you.