Walk or Scramble on the Cuillin Munro’s on the Isle of Skye

Walking and Scrambling on the Isle of Skye is a magnificent experience. You can stroll through the glens, walk the stunning coastline or scramble on the Cuillin Ridge – the most rugged and challenging mountain range in the UK. You will be spoilt for choice!


Dates and Cost
Dates April to October
Cost per day £185 for 1 person. Plus £20 per additional group member.


Important Information 
Maximum Number There will only ever be 3 participants to one instructor to ensure you get the most out of your day
Duration Minimum 1 day to a recommended maximum of 4 to 5 days.
Where are the courses based? Isle of Skye: There are a variety of accommodation options on the Island: Camping, bunk house, B and B and Hotels. Sligachan, Carbost, Portree and Broadford are the closest to the Black Cuillin.
Pre requisites A good level of fitness and some hill walking experience.


More Detail

The Isle of Skye has the most rugged group of Mountains in the British Isles known as the Cuillins. The Black Cuillin receives the most attention and has 12 Munros including the famous Inaccessible pinnacle. It is a scramblers heaven as the rock is predominantly Gabro which has the best friction known to man but the Basalt seams can be slippery when wet. The Cuillins can be a very intimidating place and has areas of magnetic rock which sends your compass needle spinning. Using Adele’s knowledge of the area means that you can get the best out of every day. More gentle walks can be found through the Glens and in the Red hills (Red Cuillin) that are less rocky but afford equally as challenging days out with magnificent views. Walking around the rugged coast line is also very popular and allows you to explore the Island to the full. By taking a boat journey to start your day ‘s scrambling or walking you can add more adventure to your trip and get a chance to spot the most exotic sea birds and wildlife that live around the Island.

Don’t worry if you have never abseiled, used a rope or worn a harness before you will be taught everything you need to know. Safety is of top priority when scrambling in the Cuillin.

The choice is yours and Adele is happy to help you make the right decisions so you can fully enjoy your trip to the Misty Isles of Skye.

Adele’s top six Walking and Scrambling days out on Skye.

1)     Coruisk to Elgol.Using the boat from Elgol we get the chance to spot some wildlife before landing in Coruisk bay. Firstly we explore the loch Coruisk before starting our walk. We cross the outflow of the loch and walk across the boulder beach to negotiate the so called “ Bad step” which isn’t so bad and can be protected if you feel uncomfortable. Following the faint path we reach the beautiful Camasunary beach which we can paddle across or take the longer dryer route. We then continue our journey along the magnificent coastline back to our starting point. 30 min Boat ride (£14) 4-6 hours walking. Taking a pair of sandals is highly advisable and avoids wet boots. Rough walking with one short section of scrambling.

2)     Sgurr Nan Gillean and Am Basteir. From the Sligachan hotel we take the good path up to Coire Riabhach and then head towards the South East Ridge of Sgurr Nan Gillean. It is here the scrambling begins and we weave either side of the ridge to gain the crest. Crossing some exposed slabs we find ourselves on a narrow arête before topping out on Sgurr Nan Gillean. From the summit we post ourselves through a rock letter box and descend down some tricky ground on the West Ridge until we reach Nicolson’s Chimney. Here we abseil down to a narrow track that leads us to the Bealach Bhasteir. Easier scrambling from here soon puts us on top of Am Bastier our second Munro of the day. From the top we retrace our steps and descend down Coire Am Bastier to return to the Sligachan. 7 to 9 hours Grade 3 scrambling with one abseil.

3)     Bruch Na Frithe: This is one of the easier Munros on Skye which can be reached via its East Ridge from Coire Fionn. The only Munro to have a trig point, its location enables summiteers to get fantastic views across the rest of the ridge. Descending down the North West Ridge makes for an excellent circular route with only small sections of easy scrambling. A fine introduction to the Black Cuillin 6 to 8 hours.

4)     The Inaccessible Pinnacle. For some this peak is the stumbling block to the completion of their Munros or it can be taken as a challenge in its own right. Whatever reasons you have, scrambling up the In Pinn and abseiling down is one of the best days out in the UK Mountains. If you are moving quickly we can continue with an ascent of Sgurr na Banachdich or Sgurr Mhic Choinnich to take in two Munros. Hard scrambling with an abseil from the Pinnacle. 6 to 9 hrs

5)     The Dubhs Ridge from Loch Coruisk and a descent into Glen Brittle. This East to West crossing of the ridge is a magnificent long one day journey that allows you to explore both sea and rock. Taking the early boat into Coruisk we have a short walk to the start of the Dubhs ridge. The scrambling begins straight away and is never too difficult or exposed. On reaching Sgurr Dubh Beag there is an abseil before we ascend Sgurr Dubh Mor. The descent takes us into the wild remote Coire a Ghrundda and back to Glen Brittle. This trip does take some logistical planning but has to be high on every scramblers tick list. Grade 3 scrambling with one abseil. 9 to 12 hours.

6)     Traverse of Clach clas and Blabheinn. Blabheinn is the outlier Munro separated from the main ridge. It can be reached via an easy walk but a much more exciting is to firstly traverse over Clach Glas. This day has everything, exposed scrambling, views over the main ridge, a Munro tick and has to be one of my favourite days out on Skye. 6 to 8 hours with some tricky scrambling.

There is a life time of walking and scrambling routes on Skye. If you want to top out on all the Cuillin Munros , experience sections of the Cuillin ridge, walk the coastline or even attempt a full ridge crossing then please contact me and we can make up the best and most realistic itinerary for your expedition to Skye.


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