Sgurr nan Eag, Sgurr Dubh Mor and Sgurr Alasdair:
Beginning at the southern end of the Cuillin Ridge and heading into Coire Ghrunnda, the scale of the Cuillin becomes apparent. Our first peak is Sgurr nan Eag which introduces scrambling on gabbro rock and is one of our easier peaks before moving on to Sgurr Dubh Mor and Sgurr Alasdair to finish the day with a walk out via Coire Laggan.
Sgurr Mhic Choinnich, the ‘In-Pinn’ and Sgurr na Banachdich
Walking into Coire Lagan and up the An Stac screes onto the ridge at the col between the Sgurr Dearg and Sgurr Mhic Choinnich we tackle Sgurr Mhic Choinnich before the highlight of many people’s trip the ‘Innaccessible Pinnacle’ – a vertical blade of rock resting on Sgurr Dearg ! Next is some slightly easier scrambling to take us over to Sgurr na Banachdich before the day finishes with a pleasant walk out through Coire a’Ghreadaidh and some beautiful waterfalls.
Sgurr a’Ghreadaidh and Sgurr a’Mhadaidh
This is our easier day to give (sometimes) tired legs a rest and begins with a walk up Coire a’Ghreadaidh heading for ‘An Dorus’. From the bealach between Sgurr a’Mhadaidh and Sgurr a’Ghreadaidh we scramble up to the Munro summits and return back through Coire a’Ghreadaidh.
Sgurr nan Gillean, Am Basteir and Bruach na Frithe
This northern section of the ridge s tackled from Sligachan where we head up into Coire a’Bhasteir before climbing up a chimney to gain Sgurr nan Gillean’s summit via its West Ridge. We then return to the col to then head up Am Basteir, negotiating its infamous ‘bad step’ on the way. The day finishes with a walk over to Bruach na Frithe, the only summit on the Black Cuillin with a trig point.
Experience of roped climbing is not essential, however the course is aimed at fit hill walkers and you’ll need a good level of fitness. You’ll also need a head for heights, enthusiasm to visit steep and exposed mountain areas and ideally have done some scrambles before.
Course ratio: 1:4
Much of the hiking on the ridge involves rock-scrambling, some of which is exposed and technical. A few sections including the Inaccessible Pinnacle are classed as Moderate Climbing and as such our maximum guide to client ratio on this event is 1:4. In our experience this means that all clients booked on the week have the maximum opportunity to summit all the peaks in complete confidence.
Costs and equipment:
The cost includes four days guided climbing and scrambling on the Cuillin Ridge with a qualified guide. All technical gear, including helmet and harness is included in the price.
If the course dates don’t work for you or your group but you still like the look of the programme then please get in touch as we are able to provide guides for all weeks of the year and private guiding may be an option for you.