The Cuillin is often described as the UK’s only ‘alpine style’ ridge. The atmosphere, sheer rockiness and scale of the Black Cuillin is breathtaking. There are no other mountains in Britain at all like them.
The Inaccessible Pinnacle (the ‘In-Pin’) is a dramatic fin of rock that is one of the Skye Munros. By far the hardest Munro on the list, it is the one a lot of Munroists worry about. If there is only one climb you do in your outdoor activity career then this is it.
A traverse of the whole Ridge is always a big adventure and requires a supreme level of fitness. Read Skye Ridge Traverse for various options and prices. Here is a short film made by Nadir Khan featuring Paul moving light in the Black Cuillin.
There is an abundance of mountain rock climbing on Skye, Coire Laggan being the most well known venue. If the weather in the mountains is wet it is often possible to find dry rock on the coast at places like Kilt rock near Staffin, Neist lighthouse or Elgol.
In the Cuillin there are arduous committing scrambles and there are countless routes that make for exciting mountain walking combined with some easy scrambling. Some of the peaks can be treated as mountain walking to the summit – no scrambling at all. Hills such as Bruach na Frithe or Bla Bheinn.
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