Skye & the Cuillin Ridge

Skye Mountain GuideThe Black Cuillin of Skye provides some of the most challenging mountaineering available in the British isles. Much is written about the outstanding friction of the volcanic rocks, collectively known as gabbro, which have eroded forming pinnacles and slabs that provide the most satisfying scrambling for hillwalkers taking in the highest peaks or Munros.

I have been traversing the ridge and guiding on the Inaccessible Pinnacle since 1999. Over the last fifteen years many other outfits have arrived on the island and increasing numbers of mountaineers have been introduced to airy basalt pinnacles and ridge-tile scrambling over the course of a week’s holiday. We specialise in supporting complete traverse attempts using a cache of bivouac equipment near a spring half way along. By following sections of the record-breaking runners’ route we can safeguard your traverse taking in up to thirty major tops over the twelve kilometre ridge. Alternatively, all eleven Munros may be taken in over four day hikes.
Approaching from Sligachan, Glen Brittle or Elgol in late spring or early autumn is the best time to encounter settled weather at this latitude, and there is no finer place for a mountaineer to fill two long days.  We base ourselves in Carbost, having studied the long term forecasts from Fort William. Our premium service offers unrivalled flexibility to offer the best two of four days to schedule serious attempts in May, June or September.


The In' Pinn

The In’ Pinn

Climbing the Inaccessible Pinnacle. Eilean Soay and Rhum to the South

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Other ways to increase your chances of success include speed & stamina training or weight-shaving! We can provide all or any equipment you may require and would be very happy to discuss any aspect of your plans, from boat access, accommodation or travel. We understand this may be a once-in-a-lifetime 3850m alpine-style route for you and will prepare you as best we can! That said, all guides are offering not only reassurance but inspiration and support, should a soft day turn into a monsoon!