Stoer Point and Old Man of Stoer

  • Height: 300 ft
  • Distance: 5 miles
  • Difficulty: Moderate.
  • Total Time: Allow about 1- 1.5 hours.
  • Navigation: Some parts of the path are clear, others are over rough open ground.
  • Starting Point: Stoer lighthouse car park.
  • Public Transport: None that I know of.

This is a delightful walk along cliff tops, with stunning views of the coastline and the Old Man of Stoer. This is the nesting place of many seabirds, and there are several points where you get excellent views of the birds nesting or diving for fish in the sea below, but do take care on the clifftops.

Drive north from Lochinver on the B869 single-track road, past Clachtoll and Stoer, turning off just before Rienachait and heading for the lighthouse.

There is a car park at the lighthouse and a rough track leading off over the moorland. Follow the path as it leads up and along the clifftops to the summit of Sidhean Mor. From here paths form a circular route from Sidean Mor, leading down to the clifftops on both sides of the Point of Stoer and back up again to the summit.


View north from the cliff tops at Point of Stoer.

On the eastern side you get spectacular views along the rugged coastline, with its sheer cliffs and crashing waves. From here you will see seals sleeping on the outlying rocks, and birds nesting on the rocky cliffs. The noise of the birds is deafening as they fly around the cliffs or dive towards the sea to catch food. Note the pretty alpine-type plants growing on the cliffs, adding a touch of colour to the rocks. On the western side is the Old Man of Stoer, the stack of Torridonian sandstone, which is rated Hard Severe by climbers!


Birds nesting on the cliffs (left), and the Old Man of Stoer (right).

Follow the path back to the summit of Sidhean Mor and then back to the carpark at the lighthouse.

Map of walk to Stoer Point

  • Map of walk to the Old Man of Stoer.

Map Required:

  • OS Landranger 15: Loch Assynt and Surrounding Area

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