Isle of Skye - Cuillin 'Munros'

Course Overview

This is without question the most rugged and extensive high mountain ridge in the British Isles and would provide a logical continuation from the Fort William based ridge scrambling weeks. The programme includes simple rock climbing to the grade of 'Difficult', abseiling and 'moving together' roped, plus exposed and at times unroped travel. Every effort is made to help guests feel safe and confident.  During the week an attempt will be made to visit all of the 'Munro' summits on the main ridge. In the event of poor weather, climbs on other areas of the island will be made. Experience of roped climbing is not essential, however the course is aimed at fit hillwalkers who have an enthusiasm to visit steep and exposed mountain areas. N.B. A traverse of the main ridge over two or three days with a bivouac is only attempted with individuals or small groups who know each other, on a private guiding basis in order to achieve the greatest chance of success. The group should be fit and able to move confidently on steep broken ground at a reasonable pace. In the event of poor weather a return to a valley base will be made with a re-ascent the following day.

 

Course Details

Costs: £355 for five days

Ratio: 1:4

Dates

Choose your own. Course length is five days, usually Sunday to Thursday inclusive. Shorter periods are available and we prefer to talk with guests prior to booking in order to agree convenient dates with them.

Kit Requirements

Mountaineering Kit List

Boots

Boots
A fairly flexible pair of boots with good lateral stiffness and well kept vibram sole are okay for hill-walking , scrambling and simple rock climbing (Skye Ridge). They should have a high ankle to provide support.

Climbing Belt
A simple climbing waist belt and karabiner are adequate, but bring a harness if you have one.

Helmet

Helmet
Essential for parts of the course

Rucsac
A medium volume rucsac is best (50/55 litres). Try not to use an 80 litre back-packing sac. They are heavy!

Waterproof Jacket

Waterproof Jacket and Trousers
Essential

Gaiters
Could possibly be of some use at times.

Map/Compass

Map/Compass
Essential. The map should be made weather-proof. A guide book can be very helpful on Skye...’Scrambles on Skye’ by J.Wilson Parker, (Cicerone Press) is a reasonable book, and comes with some maps. The O.S. 1:25000 map, Outdoor Leisure Series No 8, Cuillin and Torridon Hills, is worth buying. For Ben Nevis and Glen Coe, a sheet 41 - 1:50,000 O.S map is okay plus ..'Scrambles in Lochaber'..by Noel Williams (Cicerone Press).

First Aid Kit

First Aid Kit
For blisters, headaches, midges and sunburn!

Sleeping Bag

Sleeping Bag
This could be a light-weight 2/3 seasons bag and would be used on a bivouac if attempting the main Skye Ridge Traverse.

Bivouac Bag
If you have a Gore-Tex bag bring it along, otherwise a large poly survival bag (500gauge) is adequate.

Food for Bivouacs
This should be lightweight and include packet soups, biscuits, dried fruit, energy bars and dehydrated meals for two days on the Skye Ridge.

Small Stove

Camping Mat-KFS-Small Stove
For bivouacs on the Isle of Skye, if attempting a ridge traverse or camping.

Water-bottle or bag
Essential to be able to carry a litre of fluids at least.

Fleece jacket

Personal Clothing
This should be warm and include mitts/gloves/socks, woolly hat, breeches or track-suit trousers and two light-weight fleece tops. Personal preference will largely dictate this area of equipment. Shorts, floppy hat, sun specs and trainers might also be useful!! A cheap pair of garden gloves would be useful for folk wishing to protect their hands from the very rough rock on the Isle of Skye!!

Food
For people who are self-catering, you can either bring most of your food with you or shop in Portree for fresh goods. Portree has all you will require for buying food plus a number of places to eat out in the evenings.

Recommended reading
Two books are recommended as follows: ( Available from climbing shops)

1) Modern Rope Techniques (Nigel Shepherd)
2) Handbook of Climbing (Fyffe & Peter)

Accommodation

  • £10.00 per night (Camping)
  • £16.00 per night  (Independent Hostel)
  • £28.00 (B&B)

Based at either Sligachan, Portnalong or Carbost, all types of accommodation are available. Please ask for more details of prices to suit your style of accommodation.

Croft Bunkhouse and Bothies
Croft Bunkhouse provides a good base for the budget-minded mountaineer exploring the Cuillin ridge. There is a good pub nearby with fine bar meals.
Visit the website: Croft Bunkhouse

Sligachan Hotel
The Sligachan Hotel is a famous mountaineers hotel, fifteen minutes drive from Portree. A wide selection of good beers and whisky are complimented by an excellent range of bar food, from breakfast to evening meals.There is a campsite and Bunkhouse/Hostel just over the road.
Visit the website: Sligachan  or Sligachan Self Catering

Waterfront Bunkhouse
The Waterfront Bunkhouse in Carbost is a good spot to stay. close to the famous Talisker Whisky distillery, the village of Carbost also has a variety of B&B's plus the Carbost Inn, which is next door to the bunkhouse and overlooks Loch Harport sea loch.
Visit the website: The Old Inn Carbost

Travel

Coaches travel from Glasgow to Skye - Skye-Ways Coaches (01599) 4328 or (01463) 710119 A coach service from England/Glasgow/Fort William travels to Portree or a rail service runs along the beautiful Kyle line via Edinburgh or Glasgow and Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh A lift is possible from either Fort William or Kyle of Lochalsh by prior arrangement with the instructor running the course. Contact Alan Kimber for details.