Isle of Skye - Cuillin Ridge Traverse

The full Cuillin traverse is a unique challenge to mountaineers in the British Isles.

More on a scale with ridges and traverses in the Alps. The whole ridge is around 13 km in length plus 7 km approach and descent and never descends below 700 metres. In its length there are some twenty peaks of 914m (3,000ft) of which eleven achieve ‘Munro’ status. That said the numbers do not even begin to do justice to the size of the challenge.

Completing a traverse requires massive continuous effort, considerable exposure, technical scrambling & abseiling, along with sections of simple rock climbing. It normally requires 2 days of both mental and physical toughness. Succeed and the memories with live with you for a longtime. Get the good fortune to time it for a period of fantastic weather and the experience will last a lifetime.

We offer the Cuillin traverse as either a 1 or 2 day traverse

2-day Cuillin Traverse

The 2 day traverse will involve carrying full bivi kit, food and water for the duration of the traverse.

Ideally it would be booked with at least one day as a training day. This would give you chance to familiarise yourself with the type of terrain and possibly stash some food and water on the ridge to lighten the load for your traverse attempt.

You should expect two 10-12 hour days of continuous physical movement in exposed terrain. Those booking a 4 or 5 day course not only get longer to get used to the nature of scrambling on the ridge but have the added bonus of increased flexibility to pick the best weather slot for the traverse attempt.

1-day Cuillin Traverse

Attempted in 1 day this is an even greater mental and physical challenge likely to involve continuous movement for 15-20+ hours. The one bonus over the 2-day traverse is that you can carry a lighter bag!

 

 

You must be in top physical shape to attempt this and used to long days out over rough ground.  Ideally it would be booked with at least one day as a training day. Again this gives the opportunity to stash some food and water on the ridge to lighten the load for your traverse attempt
 

A full traverse of the Cuillin ridge requires a very high degree of mountain fitness. Considerable mountain walking experience and either previous grade 3 scrambling or rock climbing experience. You must be used to long days of continuous movement, (10 -12 hours a day) over very rough and exposed ground.

Cuillin Traverse Kit List

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Private Bookings: Cost & booking information

Cost of full traverse per person

  1 person 2 people
1 day traverse £300 £170 each
2 day traverse £450 £250 each

Please send an email with your preferred dates and itinerary and we will get straight back to you regarding availability.

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Testimonials

  • Ian, many thanks for an outstanding weekend - you judged our ability perfectly and tailored the programme accordingly. We will be talking out that final pitch for a few years to come..... ~ Chas. Guided Scrambling
  • Hi Ian ! Thanks for making a great weekend for us we had a superb time in your company, really enjoyed ourselves. thanks for making up the CD for us, that's great. Looking forward to those action shots !! Would definitely be good to catch up with you again Ian .. we'll get on the case building anchors in the lounge and hopefully be up to scratch for the next time ! Karan just called me and we discussing stiff arms and shoulders but said she's dying to get up there again :-) !! ~ Rob and Karan. Intro Rock Course