Isle of Skye - Black Cuillin Half Traverse

Course Overview

A chance to experience the ridge from a bivouac half-way along the ridge. This would be a good plan to see if you are up to taking on the complete traverse at another time. We ascend to a bivouac half-way along the ridge in the evening, spend the night sleeping out under the stars and attempt either the southern leg, starting with the Inaccessible Pinnacle, going south (5 'Munros') or Sgurr na Banachdich heading north (6 'Munros'). Whichever direction is chosen, it will also be possible to add another 'Munro' peak from the bivvy site in the evening of the first day.

Course Details

Costs: £400.00 (1 - 2 people) | £500 (3 - 4 people)

Ratio: 1:4


If you can afford the time we offer flexi-dates in order to make the most of the weather. Simply choose four days and we will try and blend into these with the best of the weather over a two day slot. We keep in touch closer to the time with weather assessments.

Kit Requirements

Mountaineering Kit List


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.


Essential for parts of the course

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

Could possibly be of some use at times.


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' 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!!

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)


  • £10.00 per night (Camping)
  • £16.00 per night  (Independent Hostel)
  • £25.00 (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: Sligachanor Sligachan Self-Cater

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