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Ascent of the In Pinn on Skye Island


Achieve the airy and unique summit of the In Pinn, the Inaccessible Pinnacle, on Skye Island in Scotland, alongside Ken, an MIC certified guide.


1 Day

May - Oct




Climb the top of In Pinn, the Inaccessible Pinnacle, in this 1-day guided ascent in the Cuillin Ridge in Scotland! It’s the the highest point of the Sgurr Dear and an exceptional challenge for Munro baggers. With its narrow crest and airy summit, it's certainly not an experience that you want to miss out on!

This rock climb is graded ‘moderate’ and suitable for a fit hillwalker with little scrambling experience. But the In Pinn is exposed and potentially dangerous except in windless and dry conditions. So you should have a good head for heights, and, most important, you should trust me!

I am an experienced guide and I have the knowledge to make the safest decisions for you to take this summit. I’ll teach you the technical skills you need to reach the top of the In Pinn. Besides, I will be in charge of all the ropework in ascent and descent. I'll make sure you enjoy this great experience.

I’ll guide you in the ascent via the narrow East Ridge of the In Pinn. It’s the most popular route, the longer but less steep. It also has large hand and foot holds. If you have more climbing experience you can also choose a harder climbing route.

We'll be out in the hill between 6 and 9 hours. And once we reach the summit, a short abseil will take us back to the ground.

I can take groups of up to 4 people. But it you are more than 2, I will guide 2 people roped up to the In Pinn, to then return and ascend with the remaining 2.

So, if you're ready for an exciting ascent of the In Pinn's sheer flanks, join me on this 1-day program! Please contact me if you have any questions. Also, if you're looking for an introductory mountaineering course in Scotland, check my 5-day program.

Price includes

- Guiding fee


More info

The price includes guiding, instruction and free use of harness and helmets. Costs are for one guide.


-Thermal/Base Layers -Fleeces -Windshirt or lightweight softshell jacket -Walking trousers -Warm Hat & Gloves. For Skye, leather work or gardening gloves, which are cheap and durable are ideal. -Waterproof jacket and over trousers ( Outer shell clothing) -Rucsac. A medium volume sac (30 -40 litres) -Head Torch –Even in summer it’s good practise to carry a small headtorch. -Bivvy Bag -Compass/Map (OS or BMC/Harveys) -Whistle/Watch -Waterbottle -Lunch & Spare Food -Trekking Poles .These are optional, but useful particularly in descent. -Boots. For scrambling, boots which have good lateral stiffness, such as B1 rated boots, are useful. -Helmet. Please bring one along if you can. We have DMM helmets available. -Belay device, two HMS Carabiners and one 120cm sling. We can provide you with these if you don’t have your own.

Meeting point

Either at Sligachan, Carbost or in Glenbrittle


What are some recommended accommodations near our adventure location?

We understand that finding the perfect place to stay is an essential part of your adventure experience. To help you with this, we’ve curated a list of three highly recommended hotels that offer comfort, convenience, and a touch of local charm. These accommodations are well-suited for adventurers looking to relax and rejuvenate after an exciting day of exploration
Columba Hotel Oban United Kingdom
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Royal Hotel Oban United Kingdom
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The Regent Hotel Oban United Kingdom
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About the guide

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West Coast Mountain Guides



Mountain Leader

We are based in the shadow of Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest mountain and arguably the most iconic and sought-after winter climbing venue in Britain.

All our instructors and guides have extensive, relevant experience which is eagerly passed on to everyone taking part in instructional mountaineering courses, private guiding and worldwide expeditions. This background, together with a genuine passion for adventure, can only inspire and motivate our customers to achieve their own goals.



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What people are saying about this trip



Our guide Will Manners was great. He was very patient with us and made us feel safe throughout. We would highly recommend him to anyone planning to climb the Inn Pin. It was a fabulous experience and some members of the family are already planning the 2-day traverse of the Ridge.



Almost died, but didn’t. 5/5

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