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Black Cuillin
Ranked #21 of 92 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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“Love the Isle of Skye”
Reviewed October 8, 2013

Great to visit early or late in season to avoid the crowds (& also the midges). Tends to be milder here than rest of Scotland too.

Visited October 2013
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“What a place!”
Reviewed September 16, 2013

Unreal, this is surely the the best climbing and walking you'll get in the Highlands. Whether it is serious climbing, scrambling or walking, these hills offer something for everyone. With so many angles to come at them from, they are so rewarding to be in, around and on. Enjoy but be prepared, properly.

Visited August 2013
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“Fantastic Mountains & Sheep Watching”
Reviewed September 6, 2013

The vistas of the Cuillin Mountain Range of extinct volcanos are breathtaking with snow on the mountain tops , water falls coming down the slopes and rolling green moors. We were there in early May after the ewes had their lambs who came to pose for us when our tour bus made a stop.

Visited May 2013
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Troon, United Kingdom
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“Simply jawdropping.”
Reviewed July 28, 2013

The Black Cuillin are really unlike anything else in Britain. Made up of Gabbro, they have a sinister, yet beautiful Alpine look to them, and when the sun is reflecting on them, you can admire the jiggy jaggedness of the ridge. Towering over 3000 feet, they can be seen from most parts of Skye. However, if you are really wanting to get a good view of them, take a trip to Elgol and enjoy a boat trip on Loch Courisk to view the full ridge. Otherwise, Glen Brittle also will provide you with a stunning view of them too.

The Cuillin is a haven for rock climbing, and provide one of the most difficult ridge traverses in Britain. Nearly all the mountains apart from two (Sgurr Na Banachdich and Bruach Na Frithe) require rock climbing and hard scrambling on exposed, narrow ridges. The Innacessible Pinnacle (Sgurr Dearg) can only be climbed by people who have experience in rock climbing. Sgurr Alasdair is the highest point on Skye, towering to a height of 993m, and to reach it, you need to ascend the famous "Great Stone Chute". This is a very steep line of scree leading to the main ridge to reach the summit, requiring great care on the way up, and on the way down. Although it will be a challenge, climbing any these peaks will reward you with stunning views across the entire ridge, across Skye, surrounding Isles and the Atlantic Ocean.

For those who aren't wanting a difficult climb, there are plenty of lower level walks that will allow you to admire the varied flora and fauna of Skye, as well as viewing different angles of the beautiful Cuillin range. Take a relaxing stroll along the footpath towards Loch Sligachan from the Sligachan Hotel, heading towards the northern part of the loch, also offering great views of the elegant slopes of Glamaig. Truly memorable.

If your wanting something with a little more of a climbing element, but something not too arduous, take the Coire Lagan walk. This lovely walk starts from the campsite bathroom facilities at Glen Brittle, and follows a footpath, gaining height and offering views over to the Isle of Rum, and a little later, the Isle of Eigg. There is one part of the walk that requires a little but of a scramble, but it shouldn't prove too difficult. Once this part has been passed, the loch should come into view, surrounded by rock, scree slopes and very steep cliffs. On the left hand side, you will be able to view the Inaccessible Pinnacle, the only mountain in the Cuillin that can only be reached with use of a rope. You won't see the summit, but you will be able to see the stomach churning steep scree slopes around it. Heading back down the mountain will reward you with the view of the Eas Mor falls, with the torrent of water falling into a gigantic ravine. The path gradually approaching the greenery of Glen Brittle and moving away from the darkness of the Cuillin Range.

From the Cuillin Ridge Traverse, to the lower level walks, there really is something for all abilities. As a climber myself, I know that I'm only able to ascend two of the main peaks on the ridge until I get some more rock climbing experience. However, there is plenty to keep my eyes fixed on the stunning scenery and the beautifully crafted ridge. A trip to Skye is not complete without marvelling the beauty of the Black Cuillin. It's a pain when the poor weather arrives and they can't be seen in all their glory, so make the most of it when they're visible. It will be an experience you will never forget.

Visited July 2013
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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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