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Isle of Skye and the Cuillin Ridge

The Black Cuillin of Skye offers a unique experience of scrambling and climbing.

We offer bespoke guiding of the Cuillin ridge as well as plenty of other rock climbing options on the  rest of Skye.

Graeme Ettle on The Inaccessible Pinacle Pano, Isle of Skye | Cubby Images

A traverse of the entire ridge comprises 10km of continuous scrambling along the very exposed ridge, with rock climbing sections of up to grade Very Difficult and many abseils. The famous Inaccessible Pinnacle is climbed by its east ridge (Moderate) and descended by abseil down its shorter west ridge. The whole expedition along the ridge takes at least two days on the ridge with an overnight bivouac. This means carrying a sleeping bag, bivi bag,  spare clothes and waterproofs and sufficient food and water (2 litres), so be prepared for two very long tiring days carrying about 10kg in your rucksack. Only very fit clients will complete the traverse in two days!

Taking 3 days or more for your trip allows us to pick the best day’s for your traverse and greatly increases the chances of success there is limitless climbing in Glen Brittle or Coruisk, so a trip of up to a week  guiding on Skye is recommended to complete the best routes and the traverse of the Cuillin.

Image [Skye Walker Hostel]

To enquire please call the centre on 01855 831 100

How much will it cost?

Please use the following table for a breakdown of costs.  Prices include a full traverse of the ridge (weather permitting) overnight bivi with dinner provided and all technical equipment.

Please be aware we will only guide a full ridge traverse with a maximum of 1:2 ratio.

Duration  1 Person  2 People
2 days £500.00 £560.00
3 days £700.00 £790.00
4 days £920.00 £1020.00
5+ £1120.00 £1220.00


* Please note that we do not arrange accommodation or travel to Skye. 

Your Instructors

Kev Shields

Kev Shields

Disciplines: Rock Climbing, Ice Climbing

I'm originally from Ayrshire but stay in Fort William now so I can focus totally on my climbing. I feel I've pushed certain facets of my climbing as far as I can considering I have only one hand so next for me is to move onto the Greater Ranges and my first trip to the Himalayas is in the pipeline. I work at the Ice Factor as they allow me to work part time and very kindly sponsor me which allows me more time to climb/train and with severe problems after my fall time is at a premium to achieve as many of my ambitions as possible. I also work there as I find the team great to work with.

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Pete Hyde

Pete Hyde

Disciplines: Rock Climbing, Ice Climbing, Guiding

Hi. I am Pete, the Chief Instructor for the Ice Factor in Kinlochleven and the Snow Factor Ice Wall at Braehead. I escaped from my former life as a Special Needs teacher in 1999 by becoming a free-lance Outdoor Instructor and then spent 10 years as an Outward Bound Instructor in the Highlands before moving on to a series of senior instructor roles around Lochaber and Speyside.

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Can’t find a date or time to suit? 

Give our friendly team a wee call on 01855 831100 anytime between 9am-6pm as we often have additional availability on site. 

Have a great day. We look forward to hearing from you! 

The Ice Factor Team 

Juniors aged 12-18 may only book via phone: 01855 831100.


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