{scotland} the old man of storr

March 13, 2018

Scotland is filled with legends and myths. There are magical reasons for every mountain and valley. I love it. One of the most famous tells about a rock formation on the Trotternish Peninsula on the northeast side of the Isle of Skye: The Old Man of Storr (Bodach an Stòrr, in Gaelic). According to this legend, there used to be an old couple (of Giants). The couples loved each other very much and everyday would climb to the top of the Trotternish Peninsula to admire the beautiful view. They would sit at the top of the ridge and admire the ocean and all its beauty. As the giant couple got older, it became more and more difficult for them to climb the mountain everyday so eventually they started only climbing it once a week. Then even that became too difficult for the old man giant. Soon before his death, he climbed the mountain one last time with his wife. They sat there and admired the beautiful ocean. When he died, he was buried with his fingers sticking out, which is why there are ridges on the mountainside for the old woman to sit on as she continues to climb the mountain to admire the beautiful view.

The most interesting thing about all these magical legends is that everyone seems to tell them differently, but even still. They’re quite beautiful, don’t you think?

Read more about our United Kingdom adventure here:
Scotland – edinburgh, the old cityall things national museum • holyrood views 15th century st. giles cathedral closes abound edinburgh’s castle headed north dunkeld, the first stop the highlands killiecrankie’s soldier’s leap a wee dram of tomatin here comes the snow clava cairns’ standing stones crossing the bridge to skye isle of skye sites

A Scottish photo adventure:

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