Cuillin Ridge Traverse
Guided Cuillin Ridge Traverse – Come join us!
The Black Cuillin Ridge Traverse on the Isle of Skye is the most demanding ridge scramble in the whole of the UK.
It has been a test piece for mountaineers venturing to larger peaks for years. The Cuillin Ridge is about 13km in length, (20km including the approach and descent) and once on the ridge proper, never drops you below the 725m contour line.
The Cuillin Ridge traverse has over twenty peaks of 914m and above, eleven of which have the iconic status of being a Munro. The hardest and definitely most technical of which is the Inaccessible Pinnacle. Check out our Inaccessible Pinnacle day for further information and booking details.
Our guided Cuillin Ridge Traverses bags all 11 of the Munro summits.
From south to north the Munro summits are:
Sgurr nan Eag » 924 metres
Sgur Dubh Mor » 944 metres
Sgurr Alasdair » 992 metres
Sgr Mhicchoinnich » 948 metres
Sgurr Dearg – The Inaccessible Pinnacle » 986 metres
Sgurr na Banachdaich » 965 metres
Sgur a’ Mhadaidh » 918 metres
Sgurr a’ Ghreadaidh » 973 metres
Bruach na Frithe » 958 metres
Am Bastier » 934 metres
Sgurr nan Gillean » 964 metres
The Guided Cuillin Ridge Traverse involves maximum effort, a high level of stamina and definitely not for the faint hearted. As you’ll be predominantly walking (although with a rope) on tight rope edges, in possibly rain, wind and drizzle. To have every chance of success, we require you to have experience in hill walking and scrambling. And consider yourself to fall into our silver and preferably gold category of fitness. Click here to find out more. *
The ridge itself is over 11 kilometres in length. That probably doesn’t sound lots but there are lots of height losses and height gains to be overcome!
The Cuillin Ridge involves lots and lots of scrambling terrain at grade 2/3. Some rock climbing if taking in the Inaccessible Pinnacle, and involve multiple abseils along the ridge.
The days are broken down into two very long days. So day one will be around 12/13 hours. And day two will be around 9/10 hours.
What to bring:
The ridge crossing takes two full days, and you’ll need to carry your own backpack with bivouac gear. Assistance with this is available upon booking. Your backpack shouldn’t weigh more than 9/10 kgs initially, and it will get lighter as you consume water and food.
We will only run a Guided Cuillin Ridge Traverse with an overnight bivouac, with teams that know each other. We would prefer if you have both scrambled/shared some mountaineering adventures together.
The best dates to attempt a Guided Cuillin Ridge Traverse are between the months of May through to September. May is, and has been pretty reliable for the past few seasons, and generally has zero midges! That said the Cuillins can hold snow, and can snow in June/July. Although this is rare.