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Twenty peaks of naked rock shimmered in the heat haze; a horseshoe of light grey spikes linked by a six mile ridge of gabbro and shattered basalt, narrow, rarely sinking under three thousand feet. I took a wider sweep of the eye, disclosing a feast of sunlit seas and distant islands. 

W.H.Murray

The Black Cuillin on the Isle of Skye contain a scrambling playground of world renown. It is like no other range in the UK; magnificent craggy mountains, ridges, pinnacles, twelve Munro Summits and some of the finest coastal mountain scenery in the world.

The island, nowadays easily accessed by bridge, offers mountain adventure for all levels of experience, from out-and-out beginner to advanced scrambler. Approaches to the Cuillin mountains typically start close to sea level, along paths and tracks before heading into rock and scree to ridges and crests. The terrain is extremely complex, fascinating and fun; good route finding is important for a successful trip and this is where I can help, professional skills and native local knowledge are invaluable!

Below are some popular objectives, have a look and if you have something specific in mind get in touch to discuss.

A Munro is a distinct Scottish Mountain that is 3,000 feet (914m) or higher, named after Sir Hugh Munro who first compiled a list of these 282 summits in 1891. Interestingly Munro never 'compleated' the ascents of all his summits. This was acheived by Rev A.E. Robertson in 1901. Now well over 5,000 people have achieved the round.

An airy rather than exposed ridge, great for Cuillin newcomers, that can be combined with the Munro summit of Bruach na Frithe.

Sgurr a Bhasteir //

Grade 1

Price // £220 for 1 person, £240 for two.

Simple, enjoyable and exposed scrambling along the peak's tops before reaching the main summit.

South Ridge, Sgurr na Banachdaich //

Grade 2

Price // £220 for 1 person, £240 for two.

The classic Victorian 'Tourist Route.' Straightforward but very exposed, a great day out that can be combined with a descent of the West Ridge.

South East Ridge Sgurr nan Gillean //

Grade 3

Price // £220 for 1 person, £240 for two.

Sensational situations, exposed scrambling, down-climbing and an exciting abseil. A very cool objective for more experienced scramblers.

Pinnacle Ridge Sgurr nan Gillean //

Grade 3s

Price // £220 for 1 person, £240 for two.

Classic Cuillin scrambles - some popular examples

 

Skye Munros

There are twelve Munro summits in the Cuillin range and most of these require scrambling or climbing skills to get there safely. I can provide the most worry-free and enjoyable time, based on local knowledge, a high level of qualification and long experience.

Munro courses are available to suit your background, ability and time frame. For some this may mean a couple of days a year, alternatively others prefer to 'blitz' them over four or five days. For these blocks participants should be quite hill fit and ready for action as it's a lot of hard work! 

Day 1

 

Sgurr nan Gillean

Sgurr a Bhasteir

Bruach na Frithe

Day 2

 

Sgurr a Mhadaidh

Sgurr Ghreadaidh

Sgurr na Banachdaich

Day 3

 

Sgurr Dearg and the Inaccessible Pinnacle, Sgurr Mhic Choinnich

Day 4

 

Sgurr nan Eag

Sgurr Dubh Mhor

Sgurr Alasdair

 

Cuillin Ridge traverse

Typically completed over 2 days, this trip requires a high level of fitness, thoughtful planning and favourable weather for a chance of success. 

There are various ways to undertake a ridge traverse, two examples are shown below. A highly appealling way to start is by fast boat from Elgol. Not only is this very cool, but saves an awful lot of energy! The cost of this is a few pounds for the bus fare from Broadford plus £16 per head for the boat. If you would like to discuss a traverse project or discuss training for an attempt please get in touch!

 

2 day ridge traverse course //

 

Price £700 for up to two people. In the event that the weather is unsuitable for a traverse the course will revert to two days scrambling or climbing at the reduced cost of £500.

4 day ridge traverse course //

 

Price £1200. The other days may be used for preperation and logistics but will not generally be spent on the hill. This is really about purchasing a time slot that allows for flexibility.