Scrambling on Skye – The Cuillin Ridge, Isle of Skye
Location: Isle of Skye, Scotland
Price: £675 per person
Length: 5 days
Who is the course suitable for?
“It has been my good fortune to lie on the summit of the Matterhorn and look away across the sea of peaks to Mont Blanc, sixty miles distant; to sit at the old gite on the Weisshorn, and see the night chase the evening mists up the sides of the Dom and Taschorn, and to watch the sun rise and flush red over the grand dome of Mont Blanc; but I recall none of these things, beautiful and memorable as they were, so vividly to mind as that perfect night up in lonely Corrie Lagan” Ashley Abraham 1908
If you would like to take in some of the classic scrambles and summits on Skye, then this Scrambling on Skye course is the one for you. For me this is the place where as a young and impressionable teenager I did my first rock climb, the Inaccessible Pinnacle, in the company of a local guide. I have been back every year since and am always keen to pass on the enthusiasm for the Cuillin that stems from that day.
What does the Scrambling on Skye course cover?
We will take you on classic days out with options including The Inaccessible Pinnacle, Pinnacle Ridge, Clach Glass – Blaven Traverse, The Cioch, Sgur Alasdair and any of the other Munro summits or classic scrambles/rock climbs that you have your eye on. The course is great preparation if you are planning a full ridge traverse or your first summer Alpine trip and focuses on as much mileage as possible on some of the best scrambles in the UK. We often spend a day on the sea cliffs too so that legs can be rested mid week. I run the course myself and am joined by other instructors to keep the ratios small. This gives a nice sociable week and lots of options for different routes over the 5 days.
A History of Mountaineering on Skye
The formation of the Cuillin started 70 million years ago with a series of volcanic eruptions. The prevalent rock is Gabbro, a rough volcanic rock that destroys finger tips and provides fantastic friction for climbers boots. Also present was Basalt which weathers more easily and is more fragile than the Gabbro. The Basalt is easy to spot as it often forms in columns and staircases, it will be slippy when wet and tends not to provide good belays.
When does this course run?
You can view the dates of all of our courses throughout the year on the diary page.
What about accommodation?
We do not include accommodation with this course. There is a wide range of accommodation options on Skye and we generally base ourselves around Carbost so when booking your accommodation aim to be within 20 minutes drive of the village if you can.
Who runs the course?
I direct this course myself. I hold the MIC and IML qualifications and have many years of practical experience of working with a wide range of clients. I am also assisted by other local Mountaineering Instructors who are good friends of mine and the whole course is run at a 1:2 ratio. You can read more about my qualifications and experience on the about us page. I have been visiting Skye every year since I was 17 years old.
Routes, Videos, Instructors Tips and Kit List
Book this Course
To book this course please choose a date from the diary page and then click on the button below to complete our booking form and make payment via Paypal.
Thanks so much to you, Huw, David and Sandy for another awesome week of scrambling on Skye. I’m delighted to have ticked off a handful more of the Cuillin highlights this week. Not only was it a jam packed, fun filled five days but it was also so very educational. Who’d have thought I’d learn about 3D thinking, smearing, leadership, the law of thirds, and arithmetic on the Cuillins, wow 😊
I’m counting the days until I get to return to Skye!
Go raibh mile mhaith agat,
Claire – Skye 2019
Dear Rob and Huw,
Thank you for providing an outstanding week of scrambling in Skye. The Cuillin skyline was superb, the band of high pressure finally arrived and, most importantly, the camaraderie within the group really made it a spectacular trip. In the words of ‘the’ Sandy Paterson, “Everything was awesome!”
I’ll be back for more,
Hi Rob – Loved every minute of the holiday.
Thanks for a brilliant week and ordering the great weather AGAIN!
Thank you very much for all the photos and the films – it is great to relive all the fantastic climbing and views. What a week!
Thank you for such a wonderful week up on the Cuillin ridge with superb scrambling and great views which I shall treasure! Please pass on my thanks to your great team, especially Sandy who encouraged me all week. It could not have been better! I did not expect to be able to scramble every day and experience so much of the ridge, but with the sunshine and clear weather it was impossible to stop! Elgol is a special place and the last day there was just right for me.
I have come home tired but happy! I would love to join you again.
Your speedy induction to the Magic Circle certainly paid dividends last week. As I stepped off the plane at Inverness Airport last Saturday afternoon to torrential rain and howling wind I did wonder whether your earlier promise of having ‘laid-on’ good weather was more wishful thinking than meteorological analysis; but how wrong I was. As if by magic, you conjured-up a week of simply glorious sunshine with welcome light breezes on the Cuillin Ridge when needed to cool the exerted bodies.
It was against this back-drop – no pun intended – that I enjoyed as good a week in the mountains as I could have done anywhere on earth. It was a truly awesome, enjoyable and unforgettable experience with you and your colleagues watchful eye ever to the fore. The Inaccessible Pinnacle was a highlight to savour…….which I think you know I will for some time to come!
The weather, challenging scrambling (at least for me) and tip-top instructors – Hugh, Sandy and Dave – combined with a fun crowd, associated camaraderie and a bag pipe rendition on the hills to boot, ensured enjoyment at the highest level and as a memorable time in the outdoors as I can remember. I have no doubt that this view will be shared by my intrepid companions, Laurie, Marie, Mark, Natalie, Gareth, Elspeth and Rachel.
Thank you for an intoxicating introduction to Skye.
I just wanted to say thanks for a great week on Skye. You even conjured up the lovely weather ☀.
It was a confidence booster for me to see how far I’ve come since last year & you’ve very much helped with that. Think I’ll be attempting a traverse next year!
I managed to second on an E1 5b & then on a E2 5c yesterday! Chuffed with that though my finger tips aren’t! Going to focus on improving my lead grade now.
Thanks again Rob & see you soon,