Kendal Mountaineering Services Cumbria
T: 01539 737332 | M: 07761 483364
31 Appleby Road, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 6ES

The Cuillin Ridge Traverse, Isle of Skye

Kendal Mountaineering Services offer two annual Cuillin Ridge Traverse trips each May and September from our base near Carbost on the Isle of Skye.

  • experience the awe inspiring beauty of Skye
  • improve your scrambling skills in a safe environment
  • knowledgeable and passionate instruction from Iain

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Cuillins Scrambling trip - join Kendal Mountaineering Services on the Cuillin Ridge Traverse scrambling courseThe traverse of the Cuillin Ridge is approximately 13 km in length plus 7km of approach & descent. Once on the ridge you never drop below 726M and there are some 20 peaks rising above 914M (3000ft) of which 11 are classed as Munros. Traversing the Cuillin ridge involves considerable effort and exposure, therefore it is a challenging environment including technical scrambling, rock climbing to severe grade and abseiling. Ideally you will have attended a scrambling course, or have experience of scrambling, prior to making the traverse. Highlights of the ridge include the crossing of the famous Thearlaich Dubh Gap, an ascent and abseil descent of the Inaccessible Pinnacle and a traverse of the Am Basteir Tooth, however all of these can be bypassed if required.


Cuillin Ridge Traverse - climb and scramble in the beautiful Cuillins on the Isle of SkyePlanning & Preparation

So, before considering this exhilarating challenge you must be fit and able to carry a fairly heavy rucsack containing all your gear for a mountaineering day, including a helmet, harness and some climbing equipment and you need to have a head for heights!

KMS have operated successful traverses of the Cuillin ridge since 2006 and operate week long courses from Carbost on the Isle of Skye's west coast, very close to the main climbing & scrambling of the Black Cuillin Ridge.

Our week long excursions to Skye & the Cuillin Ridge comprise a package of 7 nights self catering accommodation in a comfortable cottage including four days of guiding on the Cuillin Ridge. This combination gives flexibility allowing us to make the best of the weather for completing the ridge traverse successfully and you get to spend your nights in comfort! The proximity of our base makes this possible. Please note that owing to the nature of weather on Skye we cannot guarantee a complete traverse of the ridge but you will definitely have a great experience with us.

Dates for our next Cuillin Ridge Traverse weeks are May 10th - 17th and September 6th - 13th 2014. Cost is still only £425 per person.


Explore the Isle of Skye and do the Cuillin Ridge Traverse with Kendal Mountaineering ServicesOther Activities on Skye

Kendal Mountaineering Services also offer privately guided excursions in addition to our organised bi-annual Cuillin Ridge traverse packages.

These include full traverses of the ridge or specific scrambling routes on some Cuillin Classics such as Pinnacle Ridge on Sgurr Nan Gillean, the Dubhs Ridge from Loch Coruisk or the Spur on Sgurr an Fheadain. Alternatively, you may decide to do some guided rock climbing days taking in for example Naismiths Route up the Am Basteir Tooth or climb the Cioch face by such multi-pitch classics as Cioch Direct and Integrity to top out on Sron Na Ciche.

If you are interested in any of the above options we offer on Skye contact us for details and view our prices. Click here for the Skye Gallery or here for more photos from a previous Cuillin Ridge Traverse week.


New for 2016 - Slovenia walking holiday

We are offering the chance to have a weeks holiday exploring the stunning Julian Alps of Slovenia. Accommodated in an Alpine style chalet in Bovec, you will have an adventurous week exploring the beautiful unspoilt scenery of this magnificent area. You will be surrounded by snow capped peaks, crystal clear rivers and lush green meadows. click here to have a look at the details.

We also have our range of other courses that can help with all of your outdoor wishes, no matter what time of year you want to learn. 

Map reading course dates for 2016

Skye Cuillin ridge traverse 2016


Contact us to discuss what you want and we'll be happy to help.

Wishing you many happy Winter adventures!

Ring us to discuss your requirements - Tel:01539 737332 Mob: 07761 483364

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