This breathtaking image defines one of the most rugged and timeless vistas in Scotland.

Much of Skye was created by tectonic and volcanic forces beginning around 60 million years ago during the Paleocene, and lasting for approximately ten million years. Skye has since been sculpted by the erosional forces of wind, water and gravity to create the landscape we see today.

Sixty million years ago Scotland, and indeed the British Isles, would have been a very different environment to the present. The Northern Atlantic Ocean as we know it had not yet fully formed, and the West coast of Scotland was still joined with the East coast of Canada.

The Old Man of Storr is part of the Trotternish Peninsula on the North West coast of Skye, the largest island of the Inner Hebrides. Heavy, younger Tertiary volcanics overlay older, weaker Jurassic sedimentary rock resulting in a succession of huge landslides that created the precariously balanced pinnacles.

Skye’s unrivalled natural beauty has served as a cinematic backdrop to many films over the years, the most recent of which being Ridley Scott’s sci-fi epic Prometheus, and Sam Mendes’s James Bond smash Skyfall.


Image reproduced by permission of Marcus McAdam Photography.

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Mark Strong as Merlin - Kingsman (2015)

Ben Whishaw as Q - Skyfall (2012)

Besides the fact that both of them only have two outfits in their wardrobe, they both handle the tech equipment, stare at screens a lot (many shots of maps, radars, etc.), play similar roles, wear expensive sweaters (Kingsman by Mr Porter, Military Sweater, $950 & Dries van Noten cardigan, est. +$600) with ties and half-rimmed glasses .