Duration: 1 day
Client to Instructor Ratio: 2:1 Max
Traversing the Cuillin in one day is one of the toughest and most extreme mountain challenges in the UK. If you're considering this remarkable feat, we're here to provide you with expert guidance and support throughout your journey.
Before Your Course
Your dedicated EverydayClimbing mountain guide will reach out to you one to two days before the commencement of your course. This preliminary contact will serve to introduce your guide, confirm meeting details, and offer insights into the anticipated weather conditions.
On the evening preceding your traverse, your guide will meet with you to aid in your preparations. They will inspect your equipment and provide any necessary additional items. Our guides are at your disposal to answer any questions you might have, ensuring you are thoroughly prepared for your forthcoming adventure.
The Cuillin of Skye is a landscape that evokes both inspiration and trepidation, and with good reason! These are the last peaks in the UK to be conquered, explored long after many Alpine summits were mapped. As remnants of the final volcanic activity in the UK, they emerged from a landmass tearing itself in two, creating the most formidable mountain terrain in Scotland, intricate, extensive, and unyieldingly steep.
This otherworldly terrain is renowned for pushing hillwalkers to their utmost limits. It's a realm that is bewildering, unstable, and perilous, or as we prefer to describe it: incredibly exhilarating! At EverydayClimbing, we have a deep-seated affection for the Cuillin. Collectively, we have amassed thousands of hours climbing, traversing, abseiling, and exploring its every nook and cranny. We firmly believe it to be the most enchanting of all the mountain regions in the UK.
With our guides boasting hundreds of Cuillin ascents and thousands of hours spent exploring these mountains, they possess an intimate knowledge of every handhold, shortcut, and subsidiary ridge. So, when you book a Skye Cuillin Traverse course with EverydayClimbing, you're affording yourself the optimal opportunity for a successful Cuillin adventure.
On The Day
One way of viewing a Cuillin traverse is to imagine it as a wonderful buffet piled high with every type of food you can imagine. Piling your plate high may be tempting, but inevitably, it'll be near impossible to finish what you took. Much better to focus on a few aspects, savor them and complete them. With this in mind, you'll need to discuss and agree with your guide your approach, the theme your traverse will take, and your descent options.
Cuillin traverses often share some common characteristics: they usually begin early in the day and start at sea level. However, beyond these factors, there are various options for commencing your Cuillin Traverse. You can choose to start by boat or extend the traverse by directly ascending the final peak in the chain. For the most accessible approach and the highest chance of success, we recommend initiating the ridge from Glen Brittle and accessing the crest via Choire a Ghrunnda. You can discuss these options with your guide before embarking on your traverse.
Perhaps you want to focus on conquering the Munro summits. Maybe the four renowned rock climbs are a must for you. Perhaps you're keen on experiencing the best of the scrambling routes, or maybe simply traveling from one end to the other in the quickest and easiest line suffices. On some occasions, with favorable weather conditions and experienced clients, it's possible to combine several of these themes. However, when fatigue becomes a factor, having a primary theme is crucial for an enjoyable and successful traverse. Whatever theme you choose to focus on during your traverse, your guide will be there by your side, safeguarding and advising you throughout the journey.
The traverse will be completed in one challenging day, which will involve navigating a variety of technical terrains, including climbs, scrambles, sheer drops, knife-edge ridges, abseils, and long sections of pristine rock. It's a rigorous adventure that's not for the faint of heart, but it's incredibly rewarding.
The descent will take you on the most direct route, which keeps the Sligachan Hotel and its famous bar in sight the entire way. It's a demanding day, but the sense of accomplishment upon finishing the traverse in one day is truly exceptional. You'll have completed one of the most challenging and exhilarating mountain adventures the UK has to offer.
Not quite what you're seeking? No problem! We specialise in organising climbing, scrambling, or mountaineering guides for any route in the Scottish Highlands or islands. From the dramatic sea-stacks to the legendary Skye Cuillin, we've got your adventure covered. Feel free to drop us a line with your specific requirements, and we'll promptly respond to your inquiry.
This course is available year-round and can be scheduled to start on any day that suits your plans. A one day Cuillin Traverse booking comprises a three day window, with the traverse taking place on the best weather day. Longer windows can be booked, the additional days used as training days or for completing other objectives. Please get in touch to discuss this option.
Our prices are comprehensive and cover the following:
One person - £800
Two people - £950 (£475 per person)
A one day Cuillin Traverse course is an extremely demanding undertaking and should only be attempted by experienced and well-prepared individuals.
This course is only suitable for physically fit hillwalkers and climbers. You don't need prior experience with roped climbing or abseiling, as our guides will provide all necessary instruction. However, to make the most of this experience, you should be comfortable while moving quickly near steep and exposed terrain. Ideally, you should also have a strong background in mountain scrambling.
If you have any questions about your current level of experience or would like to book a training day to enhance your skills, please don't hesitate to get in touch with us. We are here to help you prepare for this incredible adventure and ensure you have a safe and enjoyable journey along the Cuillin Traverse.
• 25-35l backpack
• Approach shoes
• Walking poles
• Water bottle or hot drink flask (1 litre)
• lunch (around 1000cals.)
• Head torch + spare batteries
• Thick socks
• Waterproof jacket and trousers
• Thin fleece or light insulated jacket
• Thick fleece or mid insulated jacket
• Warm hat
• Hiking trousers
• Synthetic/merino base layers
• Personal medication
• Sun lotion & midge repellent/head net
• Waterproof stuff sacks for everything
• Climbing helmet
• Belay device and karabiner
• Emergency shelter (Orange bag)
To guarantee your comfort and security throughout our activities, we strongly advise all participants to come prepared with the complete equipment listed. While our activities may proceed even if participants do not have the entire kit list, please be aware that EverydayClimbing and our instructors retain the right to modify the itinerary or conclude the activity early should the absence of essential equipment pose an elevated risk to the group, exceeding acceptable safety standards.
As part of our unwavering commitment to eliminating barriers to outdoor adventures, we offer a selection of equipment available for use by anyone, with no questions asked. Your safety and enjoyment are our top priorities. Just drop us a line to let us know what you require.