Skye and the Cuillin Ridge
The Black Cuillin of Skye offer a unique experience of scrambling and climbing. A traverse of the entire ridge comprises 10km of continuous scrambling along the very exposed ridge, with rock climbing sections of up to grade Very Difficult and many abseils. The famous Inaccessible Pinnacle is a key part of the full traverse.
The whole expedition along the ridge normally takes two days with an overnight bivouac. This means carrying a sleeping bag, spare clothes and waterproofs and sufficient food and water (2 litres), so be prepared for two very long tiring days carrying about 10kg in your rucksack. Only very fit people will complete the traverse in two days! Taking three days or more on Skye increases the chances of success dramatically by allowing us to choose the two days with best weather for the traverse.
There is endless rock climbing and scrambling potential based from the valley, either Glen Brittle or Coruisk, so a trip of five days guiding on Skye is recommended to complete the best routes and the traverse of the Cuillin.
If you don't feel ready to take on the challenge of the traverse but would still like to experience some of the fantastic climbing and scrambling that Skye has to offer, we can provide instructors for daily guiding and instruction on the ridge. Summit Skye's Munro's, climb classic routes or try scrambling for the first time; just let us know what you would like to do!
Cuillin Ridge Traverse
We will only guide the full ridge traverse with a maximum of 2 clients. A ridge traverse only requires two days but we recommend booking three days so the best two days can be taken for the traverse. The third day can be used for climbing or scrambling elsewhere on the ridge.
Two days: 1 person £600 | 2 people £660
Three days: 1 person £900 | 2 people £990
Daily Guiding & Instruction
For day trips, a guide to participant ratio of 1:2 is ideal for scrambling and rock climbing enabling all grades to be tackled. A ratio of 1:3 or 1:4 is possible for scrambling but will reduce the number of feasible objectives open to us. Let us know what you'd like to do and we will let you know what is possible.
Prices per day
1 person £300 | 2 people £330 | 3 people £360 | 4 people £390
Ready to Book?
To make a booking please contact us to check our availability and secure some dates before completing a booking form.
Helmet and harness
Ropes and technical equipment
Dinner and breakfast during the overnight bivouac
10% off at Cotswold Outdoor in Fort William
10% off at SYHA hostels
Experienced Mountaineering Instructor
Cuillin Traverse Kit List