Portree, Capital city of Skye Ilse, - day 3

Portree Travel Blog

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Information plaque in front of the path leading to Storr mountain "old man of Storr"
Portree We stopped here for about an hourse.  It's a cute little village off of a harbour used mostly by fisherman and joy riders (boats).  A little small for being considered the capital of Skye, mind you Skye itself isn't that big either.  I remember thinking though that I had much preferred Inverness over Portree. So during my hour, I did a little shopping on the "main drag" of Portree; which I think was name Bank Street.  I bought a beautiful postcard of Skye mountains and a patch for my new collection.  After looking over a couple of the touristy stores, I made my way to the infamous tesco and bought some supplies for the night.  We had planned as a group to have a dinner and little gathering at our private hostel that night.
Beautiful trees on the path leading up Storr mountain.
As I stated previously, it is quite the small village, which not much to see, at least I didnÈt see much exciting while I was there.  To each their own if you decide to visit here; however, as far as I am concerned it is more of a place to gather supplies and maybe a quick Pit stop if needed :o).  After visiting Portree, we headed a few miles north on A855 Road towards the beautiful mountain of Storr and is around 710 meters high. There is approximatly 300 meters of sand and 24 layers of volcanic rock. Mountain of Storr As stated previously, this mountain is just a few miles north of Portree and has access to a car park area.  The path leading up to the mountain is quite obvious and has a little information area at the start of the path.  Storr mountain is an old volcanic landscape.
Beautiful trees on the path leading up Storr mountain.
  This was defnitely one of my favorite stops so far in the trip!  We basically got to hike up a rocky mountain following a beautiful, yet moderately difficult, man made path.  The first part of the path was mostly a dirt path; however, the second part of the hike was pretty steep up the mountain and required clever rock placement to assist individuals with the path.  The views from the various levels of the hike were absolutely breath taking and amazing!  I thought it to be an extremely serene and soulful experience.  Not only did you get the satisfaction of making it to the top of the mountain, you got to take in the full beauty of the area.  It definitely was a win - win situation.  To sum up this experience with one word, I would have to say "awe".
Man made pathway up to the mountain of Storr
  The story of the mountain goes somewhat as such, as of course, this is also according to our tour guide, and I am missing specific details of the story.  However, that being said, the story goes as such; there was a huge giant that came across an individual who owned this area that had a lot of silver.  The giant wanted this area so he decided to use his strength and height advantage and take it away from the individual.  Then along came three women and they decided that they wanted to take the giants money or silver away from him; however, they werenèt as strong and mighty as the giant.  So they decided that they would trick him into getting what they wanted.  So they thought about it for sometime until one of the women came up with an idea.  She decided that they would gather some instrusments and play for the giant, in order for him to dance on a sunday morning.
Man made pathway up to the mountain of Storr
  Now, normally this wouldn't be a big deal; however, during those times, the sabboth day was a very important day and should not be forgotten.  It was unacceptable to do anything but pray or worship the Gods on the Sabboth day.  So the women gathered up their instruments, late on a saturday night, and made there way up to the area where the giant was staying.  Once they met with the giant, they greeted him and started playing their instruments in hopes to please him and get him dancing.  The giant was surprised at the womens actions and was very pleased to hear their music; however, knowing that it was closed to the Sabboth day, he tried to withhold his excitement.  The women became a little concerned that the giant was too smart for their trick; however, one of the more clever women had a idea and told the other women to keep on playing music and follow with her actions afterwards.
Man made pathway up to the mountain of Storr
  So the other two women did as they were told and continued on playing; while the "clever" women put down her instrument and started to slowly and secductively start to undress.  After she was fully naked, she picked up her instrument and started playing again.  The other two women quickly caught on and followed her lead.  Once all the women got undressed, the giant got really excited and as a result got an erection.  He was so excitted that he was going to have all these beautiful women to himself, that he started dancing.  Right when the clock struck midnight, the women quickly stopped playing music; however, the giant was too distracted and kept on dancing.  The Gods looked down onto him and frowned.  They decided to push him down to his death, which one would think the clever women finally got what they wanted.
Man made pathway up to the mountain of Storr
  However, when the giant feel, he took all the silver with him and it was barried under him and the women never found their silver. It is thought that the single rock is his erection and apparently eventually miners found the silver and it is currently on display at the Edinburgh meseum.  How's that for a story?  I thought it to be humurous, but to each his own!  
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Rocky pathway leading up to Storr…
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Scenery about a quarter way up Sto…
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Scenery about a quarter way up Sto…
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Scenery about a quarter way up Sto…
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Looking up at the next task of cli…
Looking up at the next task of cl…
Looking up at the next task of cli…
Looking up at the next task of cl…
Taking a rest on one of the volc…
Taking a "rest" on one of the vol…
Rocky pathway on Storr mountain.
Rocky pathway on Storr mountain.
Top of Storr mountain, or as far a…
Top of Storr mountain, or as far …
Pathway around the large volcanic …
Pathway around the large volcanic…
View from store mountain.
View from store mountain.
Storr mountain.
Storr mountain.
View from store mountain.
View from store mountain.
Storr mountain.
Storr mountain.
Famous erected rock on Storr mount…
Famous erected rock on Storr moun…
Close up view of the rocks.
Close up view of the rocks.
Ended up climbing one of the rocks…
Ended up climbing one of the rock…
Erected volcanic rocks on Storr mo…
Erected volcanic rocks on Storr m…
Took this pic so that I could reme…
Took this pic so that I could rem…
Took this pic so that I could reme…
Took this pic so that I could rem…
Some more scenary.
Some more scenary.
Storr Mountain.
Storr Mountain.
Erected rocks on storr mountain.
Erected rocks on storr mountain.
Storr mountain
Storr mountain
Storr mountain.
Storr mountain.
Loving the view!
Loving the view!
Storr mountain.
Storr mountain.
Storr mountain.
Storr mountain.
Pathway leading down Storr mountai…
Pathway leading down Storr mounta…
Pathway leading down Storr mountai…
Pathway leading down Storr mounta…
Halfway point down Storr mountain.
Halfway point down Storr mountain.
I think I particularly loved this …
I think I particularly loved this…
Portree
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