Southern Cuillin ridge from Bruach na Frithe

Skye's Black Cuillin ridge Munros (south)

Routes on Sgurr Dearg 'In-Pinn', Sgurr Alasdair & neighbours

The southern section of the famed Cuillin Ridge contains some of the finest ridge walking and scrambling in the country. Alpine in nature, the summits are airy giving stunning views, quite different from anything else in the UK.

Main route summary

  Map base ©OpenStreetMap

Doing this route as a continuous chain, puts the easier sections at the start and end of the day with the real concentration required in the middle. The trickiest parts are getting onto Sgurr Alasdair from Coire Ghrunnda, getting off Sgurr Thearlaich, approaching Sgurr Mhic Choinnich and of course the Inaccessible Pinnacle on Sgurr Dearg. Sustained scrambling is the order for most of the day, finishing off with a fine walk alongside the Allt Coire Ghrunnda and its waterfalls.

The Skye Cuillin are technically much harder than anything else in Scotland. These peaks should not be attempted without prior scrambling experience on the Aonach Eagach, An Teallach or similar. You will need rope and ideally some abseil experience for the Inaccessible Pinnacle and possibly other sections of the route. Although the gabbro rock is grippy, some sections are also very loose and others are well polished, therefore slippy in the wet. Check out the weather forecast, choose your day wisely and you'll have a fantastic time.

The OS Landranger does not show sufficient detail, therefore use of a more detailed map is advised. The Harvey's Superwalker map of the Skye Cuillin is highly recommended.

Alternatively, hire a guide to lead you around the ridge. The Highland Mountain Company offers different types of experiences on the Cuillin ridge, including a Cuillin Ridge Traverse over two days and a Skye Cuillin Munros 4-day course.

Munros Sgurr nan Eag (924m, Munro 265)
Sgurr Dubh Mor (944m, Munro 228)
Sgurr Alasdair (992m, Munro 154)
Sgurr Mhic Choinnich (948m, Munro 217)
Sgurr Dearg 'In-Pinn' (986m, Munro 164)
Sgurr na Banachdich (965m, Munro 190)
Sgurr a'Greadaidh (973m, Munro 185)
Sgurr a'Mhadaidh (918m, Munro 277)
Ascent 2440m (8,000ft)
Distance       17.5km (11m)
Time walking : 5-12hr
*Naismith's rule doesn't apply on Skye's Black Cuillin !

Start/finish   Glenbrittle Campsite
(grid ref : NG410225)


Which map to choose ?
easy difficult
easy testing
stroll long day
ok stunning
Sgurr nan Eag :
  'peak of the notches'
Sgurr Dubh Mor :
  'big black peak'
Sgurr Alasdair :
  'Alexander's peak'
Sgurr Mhic Choinnich :
  'Mackenzie's peak'
Sgurr Dearg :
  'red peak'
Sgurr na Banachdich :
  'peak of smallpox or milkmaid'
Sgurr a'Greadaidh :
  'peak of torment/conflict'
Sgurr a'Mhadaidh :
  'peak of the fox'

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