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Skye Cuillin Ridge Traverse

Adventure LEVEL | 3 day(s) | Ratio 1:2 | From £830.00

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Are you looking for the biggest and best mountaineering challenge in the British Isles? The Cuillin Ridge on the Isle of Skye rivals the greatest ridges in the Alps for beauty and quality. If you are eager to tackle this seven mile long ridge traverse, then you will be in for a trip of a lifetime, as well as 13,000ft of ascent, 11 Munros, same basic rock climbing up to ‘Diff’ in standard, abseiling and an overnight bivouac part way along the ridge. If this sounds awesome, book now!

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A successful traverse of the Cuillin Ridge involving an over night bivouac (weather & conditions dependent!).


Due to the specialist nature and unique challenges inherent in this course, we can only accept bookings once you have spoken to a member of our Rock and Mountain team. Email [email protected] to send an email requesting a call.  This is our most strenuous summer course and is an ideal lead on from our Skye scrambles course.


To attempt a Cuillin ridge traverse, you need a high standard of hill fitness, a sound head for heights and a desire to keep pushing even when your body is saying “Enough!” We allow 3 days to give us the opportunity to include some coaching on scrambling and abseiling techniques, plus the best opportunity of a good weather window. The actual traverse is normally done over two challenging 12-14 hour days and involves an overnight bivouac. This trip, more so than any others, is subject to the vagaries of the weather. Although we will make every attempt to complete the traverse in one push, if the weather is bad and a traverse is not possible then we will attempt each section of the ridge on separate days.


As well as being guided throughout, we’ll learn along the way.

  • Coaching to improve personal scrambling and climbing skills.
  • If appropriate practice of basic rope skills such as abseiling, belaying and rope management.
  • Bivouacking out overnight. Looking at modern lightweight bivouacking skills.
  • How to travel light and fast. What to take on the ridge such as lightweight equipment and gear choice, plus what to eat and drink. How to stay fully hydrated and topped up on the energy levels is an important element for success on this journey.
  • Route choice and navigation on the main ridge will also be integral.

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Book your course place online

Step 2

Call to book accommodation. Prices from £60pn


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Date26/08/24Cost (with accommodation)Call Us – Prices from £60pnCost (no accommodation)£830.00Places
Need a different date? Call 01479 861 256 to arrange your own date, or email [email protected]

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Instruction only. We will contact you the week before your trip starts to arrange a location to meet your instructor on the first morning.

Please note that Glenmore Lodge provides overnight exped style food, but you will need to provide all your own lunches, snacks and meals.




  • Good scrambling boots
  • Personal hill kit
  • Hydration system
  • Sun hat
  • Sun cream
  • Blister kit


  • Lightweight packable sleeping bag
  • Lightweight packable sleeping mat
  • Breathable bivi bag (not plastic!)
  • Climbing harness & helmet
  • Good waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Map (including map case)& compass
  • 40l rucksack (climbing style)
  • Overnight exped food (GL provide)
  • Packed lunch for each day (clients provide)
  • Headtorch
  • Toilet roll
  • Lighter
  • Mug & spoon


GL instructors will have: Emergency first aid, Stove for boiling water, Comms

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