Cuillin Ridge Traverse, Isle of Skye

Come and experience the rugged mountains of the beautiful Isle of Skye on our Guided Cuillin Ridge Traverse trips.

  • experience the awe inspiring beauty of Skye
  • improve your scrambling skills in a safe environment
  • knowledgeable and passionate instruction from Iain

Cuillin Ridge Traverse

The Cuillin Ridge is one of the UKs most spectacular mountain challenges; a traverse of approximately 13km plus 7km of approach & descent. On the ridge you never drop below 726m and there are some 20 peaks rising above 914m (3000ft) of which 11 are classed as Munros. Highlights of the ridge include the crossing of the famous Thearlaich Dubh Gap, an ascent and abseil descent of the Inaccessible Pinnacle and a traverse of the Am Basteir Tooth.

The Cuillin Ridge is a challenging mountain environment including technical scrambling, rock climbing to severe grade, abseiling and exposed ground.

Planning & Preparation

Ideally you will have attended a previous scrambling course with us, or have demonstrable experience of scrambling and /or rock climbing,

You will need to be fit and able to carry a heavy rucksack containing all your gear for a sustained mountaineering day, including a helmet, harness and some climbing equipment and you need to have a head for heights!

LOE have operated successful traverses of the Cuillin Ridge since 2006 and operate a programme of four days ridge guiding spread over seven days. The two weeks we will be doing this in 2018 are May 5th - 12th and May 12th - 19th. We will be basing ourselves near to Carbost on the Isle of Skye's west coast, very close to the main rock climbing & scrambling venue of the Black Cuillin Ridge and we will meet you there.

Our excursions to Skye & the Cuillin Ridge in 2018 will comprise of guided scrambling days on the Cuillin Ridge. In four days, it should be possible to traverse the ridge from end to end. But please note that owing to the nature of weather on Skye we cannot guarantee a complete traverse of the Ridge, but we will do our best to help you traverse as much of this amazing ridge as possible! Our success rate is generally, good.

Isle of Skye, Cuillin Ridge

Other Activities on Skye

Lakes Outdoor Experience also offer privately guided excursions in addition to our organised Cuillin Ridge traverse packages.

These include full traverses of the ridge or specific scrambling routes on some Cuillin Classics such as Pinnacle Ridge on Sgurr Nan Gillean, the Dubhs Ridge from Loch Coruisk or the Spur on Sgurr an Fheadain. Alternatively, you may decide to do some guided rock climbing days taking in for example Naismiths Route up the Am Basteir Tooth or climb the Cioch face by such multi-pitch classics as Cioch Direct and Integrity to top out on Sron Na Ciche.

Our day rate for guiding on The Cuillin Ridge during May 2018 is £180 per person per day for a minimum of one or two persons. This equates to £90 per person per day for two persons...if we get more people joining, then the price per person will be reduced accordingly!
(For other packages please contact us to discuss your requirements and pricing)

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Iain Gallagher, Lakes Outdoor ExperienceLakes Outdoor Experience is run by Iain Gallagher. Iain divides his time between hills and crags in the Lake District, North Wales, Scotland and North Yorkshire. He can also be found climbing peaks across Europe and around the World.

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