THE OLD Man of Storr is the only Scottish location in contention to be crowned the UK Landmark of the Year in a TV show competition.
BBC 1’s popular and long-running rural programme Countryfile, which counts HRH Prince Charles among its millions of viewers, is holding its annual awards through its official magazine which celebrates the best of the UK’s countryside.
BBC Countryfile Magazine chose a panel of experts to select the shortlist of finalists for each category. They included BBC presenters John Craven, Ellie Harrison, Chris Packham and Miranda Krestovnikoff, writers Simon Barnes, Dixe Wills and Matt Swaine; photographer Guy Edwardes, BBC Gardener’s World editor Lucy Hall, Good Pub Guide editor Fiona Stapley and BBC Countryfile Magazine art editor Tim Bates.
Mr Edwardes showed good taste in nominating the Bodach an Stòrr which annually attracts thousands of visitors from every continent in the world. It is up against other popular spot in Dorset, Northumberland, Somerset and Sussex and Mr Edwardes wrote in his nomination notes: “The striking rock pinnacle of The Old Man of Storr stands on the site of an ancient landslide in the rugged and wild landscape of the Trotternish Peninsula on the Isle of Skye. It’s the most famous landmark on the island – and indeed one of the most famous in the whole of Scotland.”
It comes after the local community indicated its strong support for the Staffin Community Trust to manage or purchase local-authority owned land at the Storr following a major public consultation. More information here http://staffin-trust.co.uk/the-old-man-of-storr
To vote for the Storr in the Countryfile awards please visit the show’s website by January 31. http://www.countryfile.com/awards2015-16