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.
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.
Classic Cuillin scrambles - some popular examples
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!
Sgurr nan Gillean
Sgurr a Bhasteir
Bruach na Frithe
Sgurr a Mhadaidh
Sgurr na Banachdaich
Sgurr Dearg and the Inaccessible Pinnacle, Sgurr Mhic Choinnich
Sgurr nan Eag
Sgurr Dubh Mhor
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!