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Skye Black Cuillin Munros

Holiday summary

Guided walking holiday: the 12 Munros of Skye in one week inclusive of accommodation and full board

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 Portree

All Inclusive

Yes

Grade

3 out of 5

Tour Highlights

HIGHLIGHTS

  • fully inclusive
  • lovely home-cooked meals including freshly baked cakes and bread
  • dinner at the Sligachan Hotel
  • 7 nights accommodation in the Sligachan cottages

ROUTES INCLUDE

  • the Cuillin Munros
  • Bla Bheinn (Blaven)
  • Sgurr nan Eag
  • Sgurr na Banachdaich
  • Sgurr Alastair
  • Bruach na Frithe
  • Am Basteir
  • Sgurr nan Gillean
  • Sgurr a’ Mhadaidh
  • Sgurr a’ Ghreadaidh

Skye Black Cuillin Munros

Skye Black Cuillin Munros

Topping out on the Innaccessible Pinnacle in glorious sunshine weather, Skye May 2016

Arrive:

For this trip we pick up at Aviemore and Inverness rail stations and Inverness Airport.

Day 1: Bla Bheinn (Blaven)

It is though, by Skye standards, a fairly straight forward mountain to climb and a fitting start to this fantastic week.

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 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

Skye Munros

Sunset over Am Basteir from Sligachan on the Isle of Skye during the Skye Munros itinerary

Day 3:

We start the ascent of Sgurr na Banachdaich by rising above the dramatic wee gorge of Eas Mor before gaining the lip of Coire na Banachdich.

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

Dinner out at a well-known restaurant on Skye.

Day 4:

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

Continuing along the narrow and exposed north ridge, An Stac presents an intimidating buttress directly ahead. We turn it on the left for an enjoyable grade 2 scramble up Sgurr Dearg to the base of the Inaccessible Pinnacle, the hardest mountain summit to attain in all the British Isles and the most challenging climb (56m of moderate grade rock climbing) of the week.

1300m (4270ft) of ascent involving moderate and steep gradients over scree and rough rocky terrain, with a number of grade 2 scrambles with some exposure and an exposed moderate rock climb (Inaccessible Pinnacle). 7 miles (11km) of walking. Approx walking time excluding breaks: 6:30 hrs

Sunset over the Cuillin Munros

Sunset over the Cuillin hills in Skye

Day 5, Bruach na Frithe, Am Basteir & Sgurr nan Gillean:

We start the route from the front door and take the time honour route that links Sligachan with Glenbrittle. At the pass between the two we turn and strike uphill on a steady gradient before this long ridge becomes very well defined and the scrambling begins.

The route off is no less daunting involving some grade 3 scrambling and an exposed move before the ridge then broadens and the easier well cairned descent towards Coire Riabhach begins and ultimately the prospect of some well deserved liquid refreshment at the Sligachan Hotel!

1275m (4180ft) of ascent involving moderate and steep gradients over scree and rough rocky terrain, and with a grade 2 scramble. The West Ridge of Sgor nan Gillean initially involves a moderate rock climb with some exposed moves. 9 miles (15km) of walking. Approx walking time excluding breaks: 7:30 hrs

Day 6, Sgurr a’ Mhadaidh & Sgurr a’ Ghreadaidh;

We ascend via the coire burn (stream) to gain the beautiful Coire a’ Ghreadaidh with its wonderful pools and water slides. Bound by three munro’s with their various buttresses it’s an impressive and complex coire.

Avoiding difficult terrain we retrace our steps back down to Coire an Dorus to then traverse further around to ascend via the aptly named Black Cleft. With its huge steep walls it’s a sombre place. Climbing up scree and over a few minor rock steps we ascend to the gap (grade 2 scramble) before then easily outflanking ‘The Wart’ and reaching the main summit of Sgurr a’ Ghreadaidh – the highest of the central Cuillin summits and again a wonderful view point. Again avoiding technical ground we return to the coire floor and the descent back down to Glenbrittle to round off a wonderful week.

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

Depart:
After a light breakfast we depart our accommodation and head for the various drop off points (times t.b.c). Should you have a plane or train to catch we will make sure you we get you there in good time. Feel free to stay on and enjoy more of the Scottish Highlands if you want at our own lodge in the Cairngorms National Park.

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.

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