Now I can’t say that getting up at 5am is my absolute favourite thing to do in life…unless I am catching a flight or chasing an amazing sunrise! And on this occasion we were doing the latter.
We had heard that one of the best places to catch the sunrise on the Isle of Skye is from the top of the Old Man of Storr. It involved an hour or so hike up the side of the mountain at the crack of dawn, in order to be at the top to catch the sunrise, and although it was tough getting up so early and hiking in the dark (and cold!!), it was definitely worth it!
The Old Man of Storr, part of the Trotternish ridge in the northern part of Skye, is one of the most famous and busiest walks on the island. It is also one of the most photographed mountains in Scotland. Which is why, getting up early and hitting the mountain at 6am had its benefits.
We were literally the only people up there and had the entire mountain to ourselves, which I am assuming is a rarity! On our way down at about 8:30-9am, the car park was already starting to fill up and people were beginning to stream up the mountain side. So if you want to escape the tourists and enjoy the epic scenery in peace, the early you get there the better.
It’s fair to say that I love my bed and I love my sleep even more. I am NOT a morning person. So seeing a sunrise doesn’t happen very often for me. But there are times when you have to sacrifice a few hours kip, to experience something as amazing as a sunrise from the top of a mountain. When you only have limited time at your destination (for us it was 5 days), every second counts! (In hindsight, we could’ve spent two weeks here and still not seen everything, so 5 days is definitely not long enough.)
So in anticipation of a fantastic sunrise, we headed on up the mountain. And what a show nature put on for us on that morning. We reached the top just in time to see the sky burst with flaming coral tones that changed and evolved by the second, leaving the mountains silhouetted on the horizon. What a backdrop, what a show! The stunning Isle of Skye strikes again leaving us spell-bound and lost for words.