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Hiking and climbing the Cuillin Ridge, Isle of Skye

Black Ridge
Climbing on the Cuillin Ridge
Summiting the Monros
Climbing

Complete the Cuillin Ridge climbing traverse, a rugged and extensive high mountain adventure, with Ken, a local MIC certified guide.

Not specified

2 Days

May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep

Extremely Fit

Intermediate


Description

The Cuillin Ridge Traverse is a legendary trek on the Isle of Skye that attracts visitors from all over the world. The challenge of the hike paired with beautiful sea views make this trip an unforgettable one. I'd like to invite you to complete the Cuillin Ridge Traverse with me on a 2-day trek. 

The Isle of Skye on its own is a magical place. But accompanied by the views from the main Black Cuillin ridge and the sea of Inner Hebrides, it's gorgeous. In good weather, we can see all of the Hebrides on the western horizon from Barra to Lewis. Plus to the southeast Ben Nevis might also be visible. So we'll complete this trek alongside stunning sights of the British Isles.

Over the course of the hike we will encounter 20 peaks, of which 11 have "munro" status (given to peaks over 3,000 ft). The ridge is about 13 km plus 7 km ascent and descent. The Black Ridge is undoubtedly the most rugged and extensive mountain range in the British Isles. Therefore, this trek is not for everyone. It is a long and difficult hike that encompasses scrambling and rock climbing. You must be very fit and prepared for unrelenting climbs.

The exact itinerary of the trip will be dependent on ridge conditions and your fitness level. However, you will likely trek around 13 hours on the first day and 9 hours on the second day. This is all while carrying an overnight kit with a sleeping bag, waterproof gear, spare clothing, food, water, and climbing gear. We'll camp at the end of the first day somewhere along the central section of the ridge.

The Cuillin Ridge traverse is an amazing trek, with beautiful views at every turn. I highly recommend it for experienced hikers looking for a challenge. A more relaxed version of this trip is my 4-day Cuillin Ridge trek.

Please get in touch with me if you want to join me for this unique 2-day adventure on the isle of Skye. It will be my pleasure to guide you and share unforgettable moments there.

Price includes

- Guiding fee


Details

Accommodation

Bivi bag

More info

I only attempt the 2-day version of this trek with individuals or pairs who know each other in order to have the greatest chance of success. Departures dates are organized depending on your and my availability.


About the guide

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.

Languages

English

Residence

Inverness-shire, Scotland


What people are saying about West Coast Mountain Guides

Angela Dawyduk

5.00

September, 2022

My guide wasn’t Ken, it was Casper Mckeever and he was great , I climbed around obstacles I never thought I could. 5 stars for him 🇨🇦

Uta Schorn-Rhodes

5.00

August, 2022

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.

Andrew Lockton

4.00

June, 2022

Tower Ridge was absolutely awesome as a route. We loved it. Paying for the trip was a bit clunky. Ken was obviously extremely competent and the day went very smoothly.

Rob

5.00

April, 2022

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John Rodigan

5.00

October, 2021

Almost died, but didn’t. 5/5

Benjamin Hatfield

5.00

September, 2020

The guide I had on the day was Dave Fowler, not Ken

Kathleen Walsh

5.00

July, 2020

Fantastic climb of Tower Ridge under Ken's expert guidance. We felt safe, secure and confident every step of this breathtaking route. Ken's competence and knowledge left us in no doubt that we'd be more than happy to choose him and West Coast Mountain Guides in the future. Thank you!

Laura June

5.00

March, 2020

Will definitely use West Coast Mountain Guides again. Organising and booking was made easy with Kens help and guidance, offering us a few dates and responding quickly to emails. We had a great four days with two very accommodating and highly competent guides, Niels and Mike who made sure we got the most out of our trip for our skill level. Highly recommend.

Andy Paterson

5.00

June, 2019

Ken immediately made us feel welcomed and we had a good chat on the walk in before gearing up for the ridge ascent. Both my son and I had a fantastic experience thanks to Ken's calm, expertise in leading us over Tower Ridge and then descending via Ledge Ridge to round off a great day. Highly recommended!

Nick Battams

5.00

February, 2019

have just come back from completing an ascent of ledge route and a descent via no4 gully, guided by Ken. absolutely fantastic day and Ken was friendly, professional and very confidence inspiring. cant recommend highly enough and I'll definitely be back next season!

Phil Lloyd

5.00

October, 2018

Ken took me and my son up the north face ledge route to the top of Ben Nevis. It was a challenge in places - particularly with the snow and ice - but it was an unforgettable experience! Ken was a great guide.

Catherine Hockley

5.00

September, 2018

Ken was a fantastic guide, safe, experienced and took us on an incredible adventure!

Eva Kaeppel

5.00

September, 2018

I made a booking request for a one-on-one guided trip less than a week before the date and was lucky enough to get a guide (Phil) without problem, who did a splendid job and made this a very enjoyable, instructive and safe first scramble for me. Communication was great before the event, too. I‘d recommend this company without hesitation and hope to hike with them again in the future.

Elizabeth Luchars

5.00

August, 2018

Ken was a wonderful guide! He was thorough in assessing our experience and picked the right hike for us. He was full of knowledge and easy to talk to as well. We'd definitely recommend him and hope to hike with him again ourselves.

H Shindle

5.00

August, 2018

On short notice, while traveling through Scotland, we booked a Private Guide to Ben Nevis through Explore-Share.com.   We much enjoyed the climb to the summit with our Guide Stuart Mapp; Stuart was the consummate professional and his concern for both our safety and this experience cannot be understated.  His direct knowledge of Ben Nevis’s Route, History, Flora and Stories made this trip the highlight of our 17 days in Scotland and Ireland for us.  Our success to the summit, and back down, was directly supported by Stuart and made it very much more enjoyable .  Thank you again!

Claire Parsons

5.00

May, 2018

I usually do these things with my Husband, but we currently live in Singapore and I’m back visiting family and didn’t want to miss out. I was doubly anxious because our usual guide was unavailable, but Ken quickly put me at ease. For me that’s about feeling like I have all the information I need, being reassured that I’m making good time and having a few scheduled breaks for snacks etc. We also had a good chat, which made the walk in fly by. A very enjoyable day, I felt safe and comfortable throughout. I hope to be back in the future for more adventures.

Alberto Canete

5.00

April, 2018

It was a great experience. It fulfilled all my expectations to have a first approach to winter mountaineering. My guide was great teaching me all the basic stuff related to crampons, ice axe and winter hiking, plus he was a great coach supporting me to make it to the summit.

Noam Gati

5.00

February, 2018

Hannah the guide was very professional. She came on time, she gave us the equipment and very good and clear instructions. I'll definitely recommend this trip. Thank you very much

Dave

5.00

January, 2018

Been climbing for several years but had never used climbing axes so aim of this trip was to gain experience using two tools. The routes Ken chose were a perfect selection making the climb challenging and very enjoyable. Already looking at dates when more ice is present to climb with Ken again. Ken was great company, has a great knowledge of the highland area and is clearly a very skilled climber. Explore and Share made the whole process very simple and effortless, would highly recommend. Thank you. Dave

Michael Hellyer

5.00

March, 2017

Private Guiding on the classic Tower Ridge, Ben Nevis North Face On two previous winter trips up Ben Nevis via the CMD route, I had marvelled at the majestic North Face and dreamt of fulfilling a route on it's flanks. This season, Ken helped me fulfil this dream by guiding me on the classic Tower Ridge (IV, 3). The whole experience was absolutely fantastic and Ken made sure to attend to every detail; from communications, equipment provision, weather and condition assessment and climbing advice on route. Ken's professionalism certainly enabled me to push my limits, as I felt completely safe within his guiding ability. I was fortunate to have moderate conditions on the day, and this enabled a fairly rapid and highly enjoyable ascent of the ridge in true Scottish conditions. I will definitely be back for more winter adventures


 

 

 

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