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Skye Black Cuillin (for hillwalkers)

Holiday summary

Guided walking trip exploring the big mountains of the Cuillin range on the Isle of Skye (no technical climbing involved). Based from Portree

Dates

19/05/2018

Duration

6 days, 7 nights

Meeting Points

Pick-up Options: Aviemore station - 2.30pm Inverness airport - 3pm If you are planning to drive to Skye yourself, please call to arrange a meeting time in Broadford

All Inclusive

Yes

Grade

3 out of 5

Tour Highlights

HIGHLIGHTS

  • fully inclusive
  • the astonishing Black Cuillin Munros of Skye (without climbing)
  • 7 nights accommodation in Portree

ROUTES INCLUDE

  • the Cuillin Munros
  • Bla Bheinn (Blaven)
  • Sgurr nan Eag
  • Sgurr na Banachdaich
  • Belig
  • Garbh-bheinn
  • Bruach na Frithe:
  • Sgurr a’ Mhadaidh
  • Sgurr a’ Ghreadaidh
Guided walking on the Isle of Skye

Guided walking on the isle of Skye without the roped climbing.

Day of arrival: travel up to join the group in time for dinner. We offer pick up from Aviemore station, Inverness airport and meeting on Skye.

Day 1: Bla Bheinn – described as the finest mountain on Skye

1227m of ascent on gentle, moderate and steep gradients 8 miles (13km) of mountain and coastal walking on footpaths but also on rough rocky terrain. Approx walking time excluding breaks: 6:15

Day 2: Sgurr nan Eag

Sgurr nan Eag is the most southerly of the Cuillin Munros on the main ridge and by Cuillin standards provides an easy but wonderfully airy walk along the summit ridge.

1490m of ascent involving moderate and steep gradients, and both grade 1 and a short section of grade 2 scrambling. 8 miles (13km) of walking on footpaths across moderately and very rough terrain (block fields). Approx walking time excluding breaks: 7 hrs

Day 3: Sgurr na Banachdaich

An easier climb to a fine summit.

970m (2860ft) of ascent involving moderate and steep gradients over scree and rough rocky terrain, and with a short section of easy grade 1/2 scrambling – the Sgurr nan Gobhar ridge is mainly a walk albeit narrow at times. 5.5 miles (8.5km) of walking. Approx walking time excluding breaks: 4:30 hrs

Guided walking on the Isle of Skye

Spectacular views for the Cuillins on the Isle of Skye

Day 4: Sgurr Alastair

Sgurr Alastair has a beautifully airy pointed summit, fittingly for the highest point in the range.

998m (3090ft) of ascent involving moderate and steep gradients over scree and rough rocky terrain, with a short section (approx 40m) of grade 2 scrambling. 5.5 miles (8.6km) of walking. Approx walking time excluding breaks: 4:30 hrs

Day 5: Bruach na Frithe & Am Basteir

Starting from the Sligachan, this route heads up to the skyline taking in some of the most photographed scenery in Skye.

1120m (3700ft) of ascent involving moderate and steep gradients over scree and rough rocky terrain, and with a grade 2 scramble. 8.6 miles (16km) of walking. Approx walking time excluding breaks: 7:00 hrs

Day 6: Sgurr a’ Mhadaidh & Sgurr a’ Ghreadaidh

The mountain presents an elegant outline of 4 peaks with the munro summit being on the right. It provides an excellent viewpoint.

1382m (4530ft) of ascent involving moderate and steep gradients over scree and rough rocky terrain, and with a 2 grade 2 scrambles. 7 miles (11km) of walking. Approx walking time excluding breaks: 6:00 hrs

Day of departure: we’ll head off the Isle of Skye after breakfast to drop off as requested in Inverness, Fort William or Aviemore.

Guided walking on the Isle of Skye

It’s hard hiking the Munros on Skye but all the views make is well-worth it in blue sky weather.

We take the whole ethos with us when we run trips away from our home base of Fraoch Lodge. The whole family team journeys out with you and provides for you no matter where our base is.

Fraoch Lodge, Boat of Garten

Andy and Rebecca displaying their awards at Fraoch Lodge

Accommodation on Skye

For this week our home base is at the Seafield House in Portree. The house is an historic Georgian building right on Portree Bay. There are 5 bedrooms and excellent views from the garden.

There is one single room at the house which will be available on a first come, first served basis.

See more details here.

 

We have achieved Gold Star Awards from the world’s most highly respected green accreditation scheme, Green Tourism, and were awarded Highly Commended in their Green Star Awards 2013 for both Scot Mountain Holidays and Fraoch Lodge. We offer a Green Travel Discount of £15 to any guests who travel to us by public transport. Our primary aim is to minimise the carbon footprint of our holidays, and to this end we donate 1% of the price of our tours to the RSPB’s Abernethy Reforestation project.

It is a holistic approach we have to the care of the environment. Andy your adventure guide has a passion for the natural world – whether it’s the flora, fauna or fungi. He has a background in geology and a lifelong interest in natural history, as well as being a keen gardener.  He knows a Golden Plover from a Dotterel, a Green Shank and a Dunlin. He also makes no apologies to being very excitable upon spying a Golden Eagle!

For further information, please don’t hesitate to check out our Environmental Responsibility page, or contact us directly at info@scotmountainholidays.com.

Booking Procedure

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A deposit of 50% is required at the time of booking unless you are booking less than 28 days before departure. In this case, full payment of the trip price is required


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In compliance with the UK Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992 a client deposit account has been arranged with the Royal Bank of Scotland to protect monies paid in respect of travel arrangements offered in the Brochure and to cater, where necessary (and subject to the terms of the insurance policy), for a refund of such monies in the unlikely event of our financial failure. The balance of payment is due 28 days prior to the commencement of the course. Credit/debit cards accepted are: Visa, Visa Electron, Mastercard, Switch, Non-refundable deposits will be debited on receipt of the booking form. Balance of payment reminder will automatically be sent out to you. Please be prompt in paying the balance. If you decide to pay by internet bank transfer please use your own name or booking number as a reference for the payment so it can be reconciled.


Insurance

It is a condition of booking that you are insured against medical and personal accident risks. This must include cover for the activities to be undertaken during the trip. We also recommend that you take out insurance which includes cancellation and baggage cover.

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