The gabbro peaks of the Black Cuillin on Scotland’s Isle of Skye are unlike any other mountain range in the UK or Ireland, and the main ridge traverse provides arguably the best mountaineering route in the British Isles. With 12km of continuously challenging terrain taking in 11 Munros and numerous pitches of rock climbing, the traverse of the main Cullin Ridge is a massive undertaking. It has repelled many parties who have under estimated the not only the physical, but mental effort involved in tackling the 4000m of ascent and descent involved.
With the main ridge providing such a big challenge the sensible option taken by many parties is to ease themselves into the Cuillin, by completing some of the many “rounds”. This is a great way to get the feel for the ridge one section at a time, and is a good way to improve the chances of a successful traverse further down the line.
The 12 Munros on Skye (11 on the ridge, and one outlier) all give great objectives on their own, and many can be linked together for a longer day out. Most require some form of scrambling to get to the summit, with the Inaccessible Pinnacle (Sgurr Dearg) requiring a graded rock climb to reach the top and an abseil to get back down. This is probably the best known Munro on Skye and is a fantastic objective if your time in the Cuillin is limited.
The technical nature of mountaineering in the Cuillin can put many experienced walkers off, as it requires a whole new skill set not normally needed to reach the other summits of the UK and Ireland. With Jonny Parr Climbing you can combine your hillwalking experience with our technical expertise to put Skye firmly back on your list of places to visit.
May, June and September are ideal times to visit. If you fancy the challenges of a trip to Skye then contact Jonny Parr Climbing to discuss options and objectives.
Although Skye is mainly known for its mountaineering potential it is also full of quality rock climbing, ranging from long days out on the mountain routes of the Cuillin to the shorter but equally spectacular routes on the sea cliffs and outlying crags around the Island.
Whether your looking for a shorter rock climbing day away from the mountains, or perhaps you want to progress from scrambling terrain onto rock climbing routes in the hills, Skye really has it all. With Jonny Parr Climbing we can help to structure a rock climbing experience that suits you.
Have a look at Skye blogs for a taste of what’s on offer or check out this great little video from Rab to really wet your appetite!
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