The Old Man of Stoer

This is a lovely walk and easily done in an evening if in need of a wee leg stretch.
The Old Man of Stoer, is an amazing  sea-stack.
The walks coastal scenery stunning. This is the best walk in Assynt for whale and dolphin spotting, though I am unable to guarantee a spotting, unfortunatly.

There is car parking just below Stoer lighthouse. Start up the path marked with a footpath sign ‘Old Man of Stoer – 3km’.
The path  fades in places to a sheep-track. Continue along the coast above the cliffs. After about a kilometre there is a deep grassy gully, a rocky stepped path has been made down and out the other side. Another kilometre further on the rock of Cirean Geardail is to the left. There is a wonderful view  along the the cliffs, with the Old Man of Stoer at the far end.

The coast and the path  drop  steep down to the grassy area immediately above the Old Man. The sea stack is 70 metres high and was first climbed by Dr Tom Patey.

Continuing further along the coast you reach the Point of Stoer itself, with wonderful views up the Sutherland coastline. From here you can return the same way, or with just a little more effort with you can head over the summit of Sithean Mor (the Big Fairy Hill).
To do this, head up the  slopes. The summit is marked by a cairn with a trig point and is a fantastic viewpoint. There is huge sweep of the Sutherland coast backed by Foinaven, whilst further right are the mountains of Assynt. On a clear day you can even make out Skye and the Isle of Lewis.

From here there is a faint path keeping to the high ground and aiming for the hillocks to the right of the mast. A little further you will reach the track that leads  to the radio mast . Turn right along this and follow it past the remains of a World War Two radar station before you arrive back to the start.

Many years ago I cycled from Clachtoll on the road to the lighthouse, round this coastline, taking the route from the radio mast track,rather than the start path mentioned above. round to the road at Culkein then back to Clachtoll. I cannot tell you my time but it,was done in an evening and I do remember thoroughly enjoyed it. Easily done on a hardtail, possibly a hybrid but not road bike suitable along the coastal off road part.

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