The twelve Munros situated on the Isle of Skye are among the most challenging mountains the UK has to offer. Not only do they require technical skills to reach their heights but navigating through this tricky and sometimes hazardous terrain takes patience, knowledge and more often than not good visibility. By allowing us to safeguard you on the tricky ascents and take away the navigational difficulties in poor weather, the odds are stacked in your favour of making it to the top of these highly prized peaks.
To allow the highest degree of flexibility we offer a Skye Mountain Guide on a daily rate basis. Some may have already tackled and succeeded on some of the less ambitious peaks but are left with technical climbs such as the Inaccessible Pinnacle or Sgurr nan Gillean. For those who are yet to achieve any of the Cuillin Munros we can put together a bespoke plan linking some of the summits on individual days depending on fitness and personal ambition.
A popular itinerary to climbing all twelve Skye Munros over five days looks something like this:
- Sgurr nan Eag, Sgurr Dubh Mor & Sgurr Alasdair
- Sgurr Mhic Choinnich, Sgurr Dearg (Inaccessible Pinnacle) & Sgurr na Banachdich
- Sgurr a Ghreadaidh & Sgurr a Mhadaidh
- Sgurr nan Gillean, Am Bateir & Bruach na Frithe
- Bla Bheinn
Last year Steve Holmes skilfully guided me up the Inn Pinn. I was very apprehensive but found him to be a calm supportive professional who instilled in me lots of confidence. I had the most amazing day. This year I returned to Steve at Vertical Fever to scramble on Skye and do Am Bastair, Sgurr nan Gillian and Shurr nan Eag. Again, it was a fantastic weekend despite the weather.
H. Beattie, Skye Munros
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The day ahead
Weather plays a huge part in the success of any mountaineering challenge on the Isle of Skye, tackling the highest peaks of the island even more so. Your Skye Mountain Guide will decide which peaks are appropriate on any given day as each mountain has technical ground to achieve its summit, some more exposed than others. The mountains of Skye are by no means the tallest in Munro terms, but each day starts at or very close to sea level so expect to be on the hill between 7 – 9 hours. Include allot of ascent and descent with the added weight of harness and helmets and you get the picture. Good weather days can be extended to make use of the height gain and link more summits together. Options like this are, as always, discussed with your Cuillin Guide depending on your aspirations and fitness.
Above all we want you to enjoy your time on Skye which is why we believe tailor made days made to suit individual preferences produce better results and more fun.
As a guided ascent you will be provided with harness and helmets for the day free of charge. If you are new to this type of technical equipment your Skye Mountain Guide will cover everything you need to know and ensure it is worn in the correct manner. They will also assess the parties experience and prevailing weather conditions and use the rope if and when they see fit, it is after all our job to make your day as safe and as much fun as possible.
Please download the Skye Munro Kit List
Getting to the summits of Skye’s Cuillin Munros is achievable for the fit and confident hill walker however; these peaks are not to be underestimated. Your ascent starts very close to sea level which means allot of ascent combined with some steeper sections and let’s not forget getting back down again either! If you are not a regular hill walker a good level of cardio fitness, some general upper body strength and bags of enthusiasm will allow you to achieve the summits of these spectacular mountains.
Our Skye Mountain Guides work on a maximum ratio of 1 guide for every 4 clients. For larger groups additional guides can be provided at a premium that reflects this. Please get in contact to discuss options for larger groups.
Meeting and timings
Expect to meet your guide the morning of your start date, usually around 0830 depending on your objective. As the day of your booking approaches your guide will be in contact to discuss any final arrangements and discuss the prevailing weather forecast.