Cuillin Ridge

A Week on the Cuillin

Cuillin Ridge from Glen Brittle road

'99 WeekIn 1999 we arranged for the help of a guide and based ourselves in Portree for a week exploring the high Cuillin. The Monday was the first day and we tackled two adjacent Munro tops, Sgurr a' Ghreadaidh and Sgurr a' Mhadaidh, from the narow col of An Dorus. The main target for the week was an ascent of the Inaccessible Pinnacle and with the weather set fair we took our opportunity on the following day with an ascent to Sgurr Dearg and a climb of the 'In Pin'. By now we had completed three major walks on successive days and were in need of a rest - opting to do this and hope for two full days at the end of the week. Therefore on the Wednesday we toured north into Trotternish and went for a much shorter (but no gentler) walk on Quiraing. Returning to the high ridge the obvious target was a return visit to Sgurr nan Gillean - this time to see the view - and to add variation it was suggested that we ascend by the west ridge rather than the Tourist Route. With the weather still holding and a promise of clear skies on our final day we agreed to the suggestion to explore the southern end of the ridge and visit Coir' a' Ghrunnda and climb the most southerly Munro top of Sgurr nan Eag. Thus over the five days we had undertaken four days on the ridge, ascended five Munro summits, and visited both the north and south ends a well as two sections in the middle.

Resting by the stream on the climb to An Dorus

The Cuillin Munros, North to South

Our Guide, Tim Gould, from Foundry Mountain Activities, is the one standing at the left of the picture - the one carrying the large sack!

The coastal walk between Elgol and Loch Coruisk.

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