Four days of walking, scrambling and climbing in Scotland with the aim of summiting all 11 Skye Cuillin Munros with Ken, MIC certified guide.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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|GBP 1135 each|
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|GBP 619 each|
Group of 3
|GBP 444 each|
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The guide I had on the day was Dave Fowler, not Ken
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
Ken was a fantastic guide, safe, experienced and took us on an incredible adventure!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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
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