Skye Black Cuillin Munros
This holiday ventures into Scotland’s most sensational Mountain Range, the Isle of Skye’s Black Cuillin. In terms of their extent there is nowhere else comparable in the British Isles. With the exception of altitude, they are on a par with the Alps; rocky and rugged with sharp ridges and precipitous flanks. Often seen as the realm of the climber, it does though offer the hill-walker some tremendous days out.
The Skye Black Cuillin Munros are a challenge for any hillwalker or hiker. An element of climbing is required if you want to reach the technical summit of every Munro. Have you heard of the Inaccessible Pinnacle? It is a spectacular sight, but there is no way getting to the top unless you are roped up.
There are walking guides on Skye who take groups along the Cuillin Ridge. Most of these guides offer the guiding service but expect you to sort out everything else on your own. Scot Mountain Holidays are running a fully inclusive trip.
May is a particularly good time to visit the Skye Black Cuillin Munros. Usually the weather is pretty good during May. We can expect blue sky days and no midges as we’re running this trip right at the beginning of May.
- 7 nights accommodation in Portree
- 6 days guided walks (12 Munros)
- all meals included
- one dinner out at a local restaurant in Portree
- transport to the walks
- pick up/drop off at Aviemore or Fort William train stations
- Bla Bheinn (Blaven)
- Sgurr nan Eag
- Sgurr na Banachdaich
- Coire na Banachdich
- Sgurr Alastair
- Inaccessible Pinnacle
- Bruach na Frithe, Am Basteir & Sgurr nan Gillean
- Sgurr a’ Mhadaidh & Sgurr a’ Ghreadaidh
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Skye Black Cuillin Munros
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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