Hiking and climbing the Skye Cuillin Munros – 4-days

Four days of walking, scrambling and climbing in Scotland with the aim of summiting all 11 Skye Cuillin Munros with Ken, MIC certified guide.




Trip Duration

4 days

Mountain Range


People per Guide

3 people

Trip Level


Offer Period

May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct

Type of Trip

Private and Group



    The Cuillin Ridge on the Isle of Skye is one of the highlights of Scotland and one of the classic mountaineering challenges in the UK. Interested? Join me on a 4-day hike to bag all 11 Cuillin Munros.

    A “munro” is a Scottish mountain that measures over 914.4 m (3,000 ft). The name comes from Sir Hugh Munro, who was the first to group the hills together. Of the 283 Scottish munros, the Cuillin Munros are the most difficult to attain, requiring concentration every step of the way. But I’ll help you find the best route so you can safely trek all 11 munros on the 11 km Black Cuillin ridge.

    This multi-sport trip includes walking, scrambling, and climbing over Scotland’s beautiful rough black mountains. You must be a fit and experienced hill walker to go on this trip. However, no previous climbing experience is necessary, and I’ll provide you with climbing instruction and gear. Furthermore, with a guide ratio of only 1:4, you’ll be able to summit all the peaks in confidence.

    We’ll start at the south end of the ridge, enjoying beautiful sea views from the beginning. We’ll hit the “inaccessible pinnacle” on day 2, which is the highlight of the trip for many. Then on the third day we’ll take it a little slower before finishing up the north section on day 4.

    Please get in touch with me if you need more info and/or if you want to join me for an awesome 4-day adventure! I’ll be waiting for your message.

    Also, if dates listed below don’t work for you, just let me know. I can organize other dates for this great trip.

    Finally, for more of a challenge see the 2-day Cuillin Munros trek. We trek the same route in just 2 days!

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    Price per person

    Group of 1
    880 GBP

    Group of 2
    480 GBP

    Group of 3
    350 GBP


    Price includes

    • Guiding fee


    • Day 1Sgurr nan Eag, Sgurr Dubh Mor and Sgurr Alasdair

      We’ll begin at the southern end of the Cuillin Ridge and head into Coire Ghrunnda. Our first peak, Sgurr nan Eag, is one of the easier ones, and introduces us to scrambling on gabbro rock. Then we’ll move on to Sgurr Dubh Mor and Sgurr Alasdair. We’ll finish the day with a walk out via Coire Laggan.

    • Day 2Sgurr Mhic Choinnich, the ‘In-Pinn’ and Sgurr na Banachdich

      We’ll walk into Coire Lagan and up the An Stac screes onto the ridge at the col between the Sgurr Dearg and Sgurr Mhic Choinnich. We’ll tackle Sgurr Mhic Choinnich and then see the highlight of many people’s trip, the “Innaccessible Pinnacle.” This apty named geological feature is a vertical blade of rock resting on Sgurr Dearg. Next we’ll do some slightly easier scrambling to take us over to Sgurr na Banachdich before the day finishes with a pleasant walk out through Coire a’Ghreadaidh and a view of some beautiful waterfalls.

    • Day 3Sgurr a’Ghreadaidh and Sgurr a’Mhadaidh

      This is an easier day so we can give our tired legs a rest. It begins with a walk up Coire a’Ghreadaidh heading for An Dorus. From the bealach between Sgurr a’Mhadaidh and Sgurr a’Ghreadaidh we scramble up to the Munro summits and return back through Coire a’Ghreadaidh.


    • Day 4Sgurr nan Gillean, Am Basteir and Bruach na Frithe

      On the last day, we conquer the northern section of the ridges from Sligachan where we head up into Coire a’Bhasteir before climbing up a chimney to gain Sgurr nan Gillean’s summit via its West Ridge. Then we go back to the col to head up Am Basteir, managing its infamous ‘bad step’ on the way. We finish the day with a walk over to Bruach na Frithe, the only summit on the Black Cuillin with a trig point.



    Other details

    Skill level required


    Fitness level required



    You are required to book your own accommodation whilst on the Isle of Skye and you also need to travel to the island yourself. We recommend staying in Carbost (The Old Inn) or Sligachan Hotel / Buynkhouse / Campsite, depending on budget.

    More info

    Experience of roped climbing is not essential, however the course is aimed at fit hill walkers and you’ll need a good level of fitness. You’ll also need a head for heights, enthusiasm to visit steep and exposed mountain areas and ideally have done some scrambles before.


    About the Guide


    I gained a good insight into the instruction and guiding of mountaineering activities whilst working as a member of the domestic team at Glenmore Lodge in the summer of 2003. Since then, I have skied, climbed, trekked and mountaineered across the length and breadth of the UK, from Cornwall to the Orkney Isles, and overseas, having sought adventures in China, Mongolia, The Indian Himalayas, New Zealand, Japan, Southern Africa, The Swiss, Italian and French Alps, The Pyrenees, Southern Spain and Norway. I enjoy climbing in all it’s forms, whether it be bouldering at Fontainebleau, sport climbing at Rodellar, trad and winter climbing in the UK or alpine climbing in Switzerland. I have also put up a couple of new routes, Mint Sauce E1 5c in Glen Nevis and Feathered Friend V,5 on Creag Meagaidh.
    I have completed my Mountaineering Instructor Certificate (MIC), the highest instructional qualification in the UK, which enable me to work both in summer and winter conditions, whether it’s walking, mountaineering or climbing, and is a full member of both the Association or Mountaineering Instructors, and The Mountain Instructor’s Community. I have also completed my International Mountain Leader Summer Training and have worked as a contracted instructor for Abacus Mountain Guides, Martin Moran, Glenmore Lodge, Mountain Motion, West Coast Mountain Guides, Ardroy Outdoor Education Centre, Adventure Peaks, The Outward Bound Trust, Ryan Glass Mountaineering, Hike Pyrenees, World Challenge Expeditions and Outlook Expeditions.



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    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!
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