The Skye Cuillin Traverse

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Altitude: 992m | Grade: Intermediate level | 4 mountain days | Guide ratio 1:2


The Skye Cuillin Traverse is the ultimate scramble and Britain’s finest mountaineering expedition; the complete traverse of the Cuillin Ridge in a two day journey with a bivouac in between. The journey will be attempted after an initial day’s training and preparation. If the weather is poor we will aim to do the best of the ridge on separate days. You should be a confident scrambler and have a high level of fitness.

Many of Skye’s summits involve scrambling. Scrambling describes that grey area between walking and climbing and offers an exciting and more challenging way to the summit. It tends to cover broken rocky ground requiring simple rock climbing skills and a good head for heights.

Accommodation can be booked if required. Please contact the office as soon as possible if you require this, otherwise we will assume you will arrange your own.

Please do NOT book your own accommodation and travel arrangements until you have verified that the course is definitely running.

Alternatively the Skye Summits Course offers the opportunity to climb a large number of Skye’s Munros with a more flexible itinerary.

Trip dossier

The Skye Cuillin Traverse

  • Guiding/Instruction 4 mountain days
  • One nights bivouac (weather permitting)
  • Ropes and technical equipment
  • 15% off the RRP for clothing and equipment purchased from Adventure Peaks shop
  • Transport (however shared transport may be available on request)
  • Personal equipment & clothing
  • Accommodation. (If booking your own accommodation it is advisable to book 4 nights accommodation (even though one of these nights you may bivouac instead). This is because in poor weather, you may opt not to bivouac, and also some B+B’s may not take bookings in the format of accommodation on alternate days.
  • Food

Suggested Accommodation in Skye

Please choose accommodation as near to Carbost as possible as this is a good area to use as a base for the Cuillins. Accommodation in the area is limited and books up quickly, so you may need to consider further afield such as Portree, and travel to meet the group/leader each morning.

Marsco Bed and Breakfast

David and Christine
Carbost, Isle of Skye
IV47 8ST
Tel: 01478 640733

Crossal House Bed and Breakfast

Mrs Andrea Richardson
Crossal House
Isle of Skye
IV47 8SP
Tel:  01478 640745

Langal Bed and Breakfast

Norma Ewen
Langal Bed & Breakfast
9 Carbostmor
Isle of Skye
IV47 8ST
Tel: 01478 640 409

Wilmar Bed and Breakfast

Marcella Fitzgerald & Ian Grant
Wilmar Bed and Breakfast
Isle of Skye IV47 8SR
Tel: 01478 640 251

Bla Bheinn Bed and Breakfast

Islw of Skye
IV47 8SP

The Rowans

(West of Carbost )
Mrs Jenny Duffill
The Rowans
Isle of Skye IV47 8SL
Tel: 01478 640 478

Sligachan Hotel

Isle of Skye,
IV47 8SW
Tel: 01478 650204


Carbost – The Old Inn

Isle of Skye
IV47 8SR
Tel: 01478 640205

You could also try looking on the following website for other accommodation in Portree etc:
Accommodation website

Members tend to make their own way to Skye.  On occasion we may be able to provide a car share from the Lakes or a pick up from Glasgow or Inverness airports.  For those travelling up from the south it can often be cheaper to fly to Glasgow or Inverness and hire a car for the week.  If you are planning to drive up yourself and have a spare seat then please contact us and we’ll try and organise car sharing with other members of your course.

Accommodation is optional, for those who choose to book this through us, we base ourselves in a comfortable B&B situated in the very heart of the Cuillins. If you would like us to book this for you, please let us know ASAP as accommodation in the area is booked up very quickly in spring and summer.

If booking your own accommodation it is advisable to book 4 nights accommodation (even though one of these nights you may bivouac instead). This is because in poor weather, you may opt not to bivouac, and also some B+B’s may not take bookings in the format of accommodation on alternate days.

Meeting Arrangements
We aim to meet at 7pm at a designated on the first evening. It’s a chance to get to know your instructor and the rest of the group and plan the rest of the week.

Food is not included in the cost of your course but evening meals should be available to purchase at local pubs / hotels. Hill food is very much down to personal choice but should contain plenty of complex carbohydrates.  Cereal bars, sandwiches, flapjacks, jelly babies, peanuts, malt loaf, etc are all good sources of energy and relatively easy to digest.

The Black Cuillin is a very complex area and there is a variety of mapping available. By far the best for detailed navigation is the Harvey’s Map. At a scale of 1:25,000 it has 1:12,000 map of the Cuillin on the back and is designed for walkers & climbers. The OS Landranger 1:50,000 No. 32 provides a good overview of the southern part of the island. The larger scale Explorer map 411 at 1:25,000 is good for finding routes and ridges but can be confusing in the areas that itis really needed.

Poor Weather
Weather conditions in Scottish mountains can change by the hour; it is certainly an exciting and surprising place to be!  You will probably experience every type of weather imaginable throughout the week.   We aim to make the very best of the conditions, and we will choose areas to explore in accordance to the weather forecast each day.   This means our plans will be quite flexible and we will always find somewhere for a day’s adventure.   

2 reviews for The Skye Cuillin Traverse

  1. Rated 4 out of 5

    A. Cain

    Getting into the hills in Skye is always a pleasure. Discovering that I had increased confidence on the rock was a pleasant surprise.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5


    Our guide was most helpful. Thank you to Giles for his professionalism and friendliness. Also Giles gave us sound advice on how to spend our following three days en route to Glasgow airport

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