The biggest and best mountaineering expedition in the UK!!! A serious and committing expedition across a continuous 12km knife-edged ridge, involving 22 peaks (11 Munros) and over 4,000m / 13,000ft of ascent. Incorporating prolonged scrambling, climbing up to Severe and a ridgetop bivi: this trip is our premium product, and not for beginners.
Course duration and cost options
3 day window – £900 (not advisable due to limited Cuillin experience | no refunds)
4 day window – £1200 (*£20 per day refund if traverse not attempted due to weather)
5 day window – £1500 (*£20 per day refund if traverse not attempted due to weather)
3 day window – £1000 (not advisable due to limited Cuillin experience | no refunds)
4 day window – £1300 (*£40 per day refund if traverse not attempted due to weather)
5 day window – £1600 (*£40 per day refund if traverse not attempted due to weather)
Skye is notoriously fickle for weather. Wet rock often takes twice as long to move over as dry rock, and poor conditions may hinder or even abort an attempt on grounds of safety. To maximise your chances of success, you book a minimum three day window, and aim to complete the traverse during the best 2 days of weather, usually involving a bivouac on top of the ridge. The more days you book, the more chance you have of getting that elusive weather window. This assumes you are already on the island and does not take into account personal travel time to/from Skye!! The three day window is only really suitable for those with significant prior Cuillin experience. For those newer to Skye, a familiarisation and training day on day 1 will be time well spent, prior to embarking upon our traverse logistics and attempt. Depending on the exact logistical approach and weather window, the extra days may be used to train, pre-stash bivi kit before an attempt, retrieve bivi kit after an attempt, go rock climbing, or just simply rest before the traverse! During the traverse the competition of the ridge may be prioritised over the bagging of individual Munros, although the plan is to achieve them all.
Please note the use of the term “attempt”. Success on Skye is never guaranteed, and flexibility is key. Should the weather prove utterly unsuitable for a traverse once we are committed to the island, there are always alternative options (single day hits to tackle the ridge in chunks or sea cliff/sea stack climbing, etc). Very rarely is an attempt totally unviable, but we must remember we are always at the mercy of the weather, and we are undertaking a serious and committing challenge. Safety will always come first.
Sample preferred itinerary for good weather (based on a 4 day booking):
Day 1: training day. Approach main ridge by Mhadaidh’s Thuilm Ridge: stash food, water and bivi gear
Day 2: travel to Elgol – approach via 0800 boat. Gars-bheinn by 1100, TD Gap by 1300, In Pinn by 1600, An Dorus and bivi by 1800. [9-10hrs 8000ft ascent] *This is my favourite of many options, but walking in from the Glenbrittle side is feasible and probably most common
Day 3: leave bivi by 0600, Bruach na Frithe by 1000, Gillean by 1200, Sligachan by 1500. [9hrs 5000ft ascent] If time allows retrieve vehicles from Elgol
Day 4: rock climb and kit retrieval if required
Dubh Mor Outdoor strongly advises contacting us well beforehand and arranging a long term training programme, and ideally some instruction and prior training days with Neil, in order to give you the greatest chance of success on this demanding route. Time spent becoming conversant with ropework, scrambling, climbing and bivi techniques is particularly beneficial, as is maintaining a high level of personal aerobic fitness and core strength. The more training we have done together prior to a ridge traverse attempt, the higher our chances of successful completion.
Each and every traverse attempt will be run by Neil personally. He has operated out of Skye for several years now, walking, scrambling, climbing and sea-kayaking, and has completed nearly 20 traverses. His love for the Cuillin is unmatched. As a qualified Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor, offering coaching, tips and instruction throughout, as well as the physical security of a rope when required, you will be in the safest of hands, allowing you to tackle the magnificent scrambling of the Cuillin with confidence and security.
Price includes guide fee (inc. overnight on bivouac) plus all technical equipment (harness, helmet, rope, climbing equipment)
Group sizes are kept exceptionally low to maximise your safety, enjoyment and chances of success.
A high and equal standard of fitness for all party members is required for these very long and demanding big days. ⛰️⛰️⛰️