An Storr

During the last Ice Age, glaciers ground their way downhill from mountain corries in Skye, just as they do today in Iceland and parts of Norway. So when Norse settlers arrived in the late 10th century they found a familiar landscape: fjords, towering cliffs and steep- sided valleys shaped by the flow of ice.

Norse presence here is evident in the place-names of the area. Trotternish (Trondís headland); Staffin: (from the rock pillars of the cliffs nearby) and Storr are all Norse in origin.

Storr means big in Norse. The Storr mountain is the highest point on the Trotternish ridge (719 m); a 300m thick sandwich of around 24 layers of volcanic rock;

Near the summit of the Storr, you can find one of Scotlandís rarest plants, Iceland Purslane. Scattered widely around the world, it also occurs in Mull, Disko Island off West Greenland and Tierra del Fuego.

In 1890, a hoard of Viking silver was found on the shore below here. Consisting of coins and cut silver and dated to between AD 935 and 940, it is known as the Storr hoard. Perhaps the Norseman who hid it there used the 46m high pinnacle known as the Old Man of Storr (in Gaelic ĎBodach an StÚrrí) as a landmark to remind him where to look for his buried treasure!

An Storr

Come and join us in Staffin, place of the rocky pillars. Follow the footprints of time. Discover why Staffin has some of the most important dinosaur finds in the UK. Touch the wave ripples of a moment from 175 million years ago. Smell the peat smoke. Listen to Gaelic as a living language. Feel the rhythms of crofting life. Read the unwritten manuscript of Skyeís first settlers in the landscape.

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