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Black Cuillin
Ranked #20 of 91 things to do in Isle of Skye
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Owner description: The Black Cuillin are a world famous range of mountains on the Isle of Skye. Mainly composed of basalt and gabbro, it is from the dark colour of the gabbro that the Black Cuillin derives its name. The summits of the Cuillin are bare rock, jagged in outline and with steep cliffs and deep cut corries and gullies. All twelve Munros on Skye are Black Cuillin peaks except for Blaven which belongs to a group of outliers separated from the main ridge by Glen Sligachan. The highest point of the Black Cuillin is Sgùrr Alasdair at 992m (3,255ft). At the heart of The Cuillin lies one of Britain's most famous corrie’s, Loch Coruisk, a deep and forbidding body of water. It has inspired countless artists such as William Turner and Sir Walter Scott who described them after his visit in 1814: ‘We were now under the western termination of the high mountains of Cuillin, whose weather-beaten and serrated peaks we had admired at a distance from Dunvegan. They sunk here upon the sea, but with the same bold and peremptory aspect which their distant appearance indicated. They seemed to consist of precipitous sheets of naked rock, down which torrents were leaping in a hundred lines of foam. The tops, apparently inaccessible to human foot, were rent and split into the most tremendous pinnacles: towards the base of these bare and precipitous crags the ground, enriched by the soil washed away from them, is verdant and productive.’
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“Drive pass by”
Reviewed May 31, 2013

You would definitely pass by Black Cullin and Red Cullin while driving. And that is all that it warrants. Nothing special.

Visited May 2013
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“Stunning and elemental”
Reviewed April 24, 2013

These mountains rise 3000ft + straight up out of the sea.They look fantastic from most areas of Skye but from Elgol and Glen Brittle they are something else.Only a few summits are safely accessible to hillwalkers (Sgurr na Banachdich, Bruach na Frithe, Blaven and Sgurr Dearg) but even these need respect.However, lower level walks are hugely rewarding - up to Coire Lagan's sublime lochan surrounded by the big rock peaks (about 1.5hrs on moorland track with an easy, minor scramble at the end).Or walk to the Fairy Pools (25mins) and get closer to the other-worldly Coire na Creiche.Easiest of all, get the boat trip from Elgol to unbelievable Loch Coruisk.This is world class stuff. Ancient, looming, brooding mountain scenery lapped by deep blue waters.Fabulous.
The view from Elgol itself is reckoned by some of our best mountain explorers and writers to be one of the world's finest in good light conditions.
Also, try the path to Camasunary from Kilmarie.Reaching (45min -1hr)the high point of this simple moorland climb will reward with one of Skye's most stunning vistas - Rum rearing out of the ocean; the Black Cuillin rising majestically ahead and Camasunary's emerald sward of grass and little beach sitting invitingly below.What a picnic spot! A hard one to leave.
The views from Sligachan and Torrin (for Blaven) are extremely impressive too - iconic even.
The walk from Glen Brittle out to Rubh' an Dunain is an easy one (I hr approx).While not quite in the same class as the above mentioned, it gives fabulous sea views and the Dun itself is in a stunning spot with the Cuillin behind, if foreshortened.This is the haunt of sea eagles and whales.
I have been to Skye 4/5 times a year during the last 20years and these viewpoints still take my breath away.The changing light,time of day, weather and seasons always bring different qualities(heavy, low mist is the only thing that completely destroys the view, leaving you wondering what all the fuss is about.)

Visited April 2013
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“A Wee bit of Valhalla.”
Reviewed April 12, 2013

The Black Cuillin hills float in ridges and spires above the moors and sea lochs of Skye, an imposing barrier in the island's south and visible from just about anywhere on the Island. Though small and compact in scale, these are Scotland's trickiest mountains to ascend, one in particular requiring rock-climbing ability, but this shouldn't put the fit walker off exploring them in close up.
There are corries (glacial hollows) worth exploring to sample the atmosphere of these mountains; Coire Lagan and Coire Ghrunnda are fantastical locations to visit, and the Fairy Pools are accessible to the moderately fit and promise an experience fitting of the name.
If you are especially lucky perhaps you will catch sight of a golden eagle or white tailed sea eagle returning to the eyrie.
Catch them from the North in the setting sun to witness the gabbro (the black volcanic rock they consist of) catch fire or from the south across Loch Scavaig, at Elgol, at any time of day.

Visited April 2013
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“Wow Factor”
Reviewed January 31, 2013

These mountains are something special and i tried various locations to view these dominating mountains.

I had a special view from elgol and took a trip on one of the boat trips to locj courisk, the views from the sea are out of this world, and the look of the mountains change throughout the day with various changes of weather.

The place looks so wild and not something you would expect to see in the British isles, this is a moountain range with a difference in the Uk and everyone should go and see it.

Superb place and a fantastic island

Visited September 2012
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Reviewed November 1, 2012

If you like rocks--and I do--in staggering surroundings, this is your place. The light on Skye just does amazing things to everything, changing easily if there are any clouds around, so do bring your camera.

Visited June 2012
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