Beginners Mountaineering - Isle of Skye

United Kingdom

Learn mountaineering skills as you hike, scramble and abseil through the Cuillin Mountains.

Itinerary

Day 1: Meet your guide

You'll meet your guide at your accommodation in Broadford, before heading through the hills and over the Skye Bridge. Grab some dinner in the evening with your fellow adventurers, before settling into your hotel in the town of Broadford (included).

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An early start today, as you hike past the famous Fairy Pools before making your way to the Cuillin Mountains. In the afternoon your guide will teach you the basics with an easy scramble towards the Spur. You'll learn skills such as belaying, hiking on steep ground and how to abseil.

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It's time to put some of your new-found skills to practise, as you tackle one of the islands classic climbs today. You'll either head over the Clach Glas Traverse - a scramble along a beautiful ridgeline or climb Dubh Slabs. Your guide will make a decision about this on the day.

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Today is the big day, as you ascend the Inaccessible Pinnacle - a great achievement for any mountaineer. The pinnacle is the second highest summit in the Skye Cuillin, but arguably one of the most exciting. Some climbing is involved, and the views above the clouds are well worthwhile. You'll then hike back down, before heading back to Broadford.

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FAQs

Included

  • Guides
  • Accommodation
  • Breakfasts
  • All technical equipment

Excluded

  • Transfers whilst on the trip
  • Lunch and Dinner (available locally)

Start

You'll meet your guide at the Dunollie Bespoke Hotel in Broadford, at 6 pm on day 1 of the itinerary.

End

You'll finish at the Dunollie Bespoke Hotel in Broadford, at 6 pm on day 4 of the itinerary. 

Regular trains and flights operate into Inverness, from various locations across the UK, and then there are regular buses from Inverness to Broadford. 

Free parking is available at the hotel. 

Due to the current restrictions with Covid-19, the guide is unable to transfer you from your hotel to the hiking locations each day. Therefore, you must be able to drive yourself, or with someone else to attend this trip. 

This trip is aimed at beginners with a good level of fitness. You can expect to be out in the mountains for up to 9 hours each day, on a variety of challenging terrains. 

You do not need any previous experience, but you'll need a head for heights. There will be 1 mountain guide for every 2 climbers, which also gives you the flexibility to break off into smaller groups and learn at your own pace. 

Breakfast - a Scottish style buffet is included each day.

Lunch - you can make a packed lunch each morning before you head out. There are a couple of good supermarkets that provide everything that you'll need.

Dinner - there are plenty of traditional pubs in town which serve up delicious meals to suit most dietary requirements. 

You'll be staying in a family-run guest house in Broadford. It is likely to be either the Dunollie Bespoke Hotel or the Broadford House B&B. You'll stay in twin sharing rooms.

For those who want their own room, a single supplement is available - prices start from £45 per night and can be as high as £200 per night depending on the date. The guide can confirm the exact price when you request it.  

As mountain conditions can often be unpredictable, your guide will decide on the exact hike, climb or scramble to take each morning. As there is a 1:2 climber ratio, there will be plenty of flexibility to attempt different routes depending on fitness and ability. 

Absolutely! We often get solo travellers - it's a great way to meet like-minded people. 

Mountain weather is often unpredictable, and it is important that you prepare for any eventuality. You can expect weather from all four seasons in one day. Your guide will assess the weather conditions and choose routes based around wind and wet weather predictions. Please ensure you follow the kit list carefully.

*Kit provided by the guide:

  • Climbing harness
  • Climbing helmet
  • Belay device and carabiner
  • Ropes and all other climbing gear.

* You are welcome to bring your own technical equipment if you have it. Please do ask us if you are unsure about whether your gear is sufficient. 

Kit you need to bring:

  • Rucksack and liner (we recommend around 40L)
  • Waterproof hiking boots
  • Approach shoes (Optional)
  • Base Layers (top and bottom)
  • Fleece top
  • Polyester, fleece or wool trousers
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Wool hat
  • Waterproof gloves (at least 2 pairs)
  • Underwear
  • Thick wool socks
  • Scarf or buff
  • Ski goggles
  • Walking poles
  • Head torch
  • Water bottles (at least 2L)
  • Snacks
  • Whistle
  • Sunglasses
  • Suncream
  • Towel
  • Emergency survival bag 
  • Clothes for the evening
  • Toiletries
  • Personal first aid e.g. inhaler 

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