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    The Mountains

    Sgurr nan Eag – this is the most southerly munro in the Cuillins.

    Sgurr Dubh Mor – a tiny summit about 250m east of the main Cuillin ridge.

    Sgurr Alasdair – the highest munro in the Cuillins.

    Sgurr Mhic Choinnich – named after John Morton MacKenzie, Britain’s first professional mountain guide.

    Inaccessible Pinnacle – an imposing blade of basalt towering over the surrounding gabbro.

    Sgurr na Banachdich – one of the easier Munros on the Cuillin ridge.

    Sgurr a’Ghreadaidh – great scrambling to the south of An Dorus.

    Sgurr a’Mhadaidh – Gaelic for ‘peak of the dog’.

    Bruach na Frithe – the only munro on Skye with a trig point at its summit.

    Am Basteir – the baptiser, this is another narrow blade of rock similar to the ‘In Pinn’.

    Sgurr nan Gillean – the most northerly munro on in the Cuillins.

    Best Time to Go

    You can climb the Skye Cuillin Munros at any time of year however, the best conditions tend to run from May through to September.

    We can run our Skye Cuillin Munros course on dates to suit you from May to September. The weather plays a big role in this course and we can’t guarantee that all 11 summits will be reached or that the programme will be as described below. That said, our Guides are experts and using a flexible approach, they will do their utmost to ensure as much as possible is achieved in the time available.

    Starting at the southern end of the main Cuillin ridge we will aim to bag Sgurr nan Eag from Coire Ghrunnda followed Sgurr Dubh Mor and finishing on Sgurr Alasdair, the highest Munro in the Cuillins. Descent will be via the Great Stone Chute. Total distance: about 12.5 km/8 miles with around 1450m of ascent. 8-9 Hours.

    Today we will head up into Coire Lagan aiming for Sgurr Mhic Choinnich. From here we retrace our steps slightly before working our way up to the ‘In Pinn’, a vertical fin of Basalt towering above the surrounding Gabbro. After climbing to its summit, we make an exciting abseil followed by some gentle scrambling to reach Sgurr na Banachdich before finishing with a walk out through Coire a’ Ghreadaidh. Total distance: about 12km/ 7.5 miles with around 1400m of ascent. 7-9 hours.

    A relatively easy day compared to the previous two. Our day starts from the Glenbrittle Youth Hostel with a walk up to An Dorus and from here we will bag Sgurr a’ Mhadaidh and Sgurr a’ Ghreadaidh. Total distance: about 9km/ 5.5 miles with around 1000m of ascent. 6-7 hours.

    The final three and most northerly munros on the ridge. Starting from Sligachan we head up into Coire a’ Bhasteir where we will then head up Sgurr nan Gillean before retracing our steps and tackling Am Bastier. Our final summit of the day will be Bruach na Frithe. Total distance: about 14km/ 9 miles with around 1350m of ascent. 7-8 hours.

    We can run a Skye Cuillin Munros course on dates to suit you between May and September. The price for the full four days is £1000 for a maximum of 2 people.

    If you just need one or two days to finish your Munro bagging or climb a specific peak then single days can be booked for £250 per day (maximum of 2 people).


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    Included in the price of this trip

    • Professional guiding with fully qualified and experienced guides.
    • Maximum guiding ratio of 1:2 to ensure safety and increase chances of success.
    • All technical equipment including ropes.

    Not included

    • Travel to Skye and/or whilst taking part in the course.
    • Your accommodation before, during and after the course.
    • Meals and drinks before, during and after the course.
    • Personal travel insurance (to cover you for cancellation, accident, health, emergency evacuation and loss, theft of or damage to baggage and personal effects etc).
    • Personal equipment (please see our clothing and equipment section).

    Essential Clothing & Equipment

    • Boots

      A good pair of light-weight GoreTex lined walking boots which provide ankle support and are well broken-in. Boots are essential - Please do not bring trail shoes.

    • Buff

      Essential for helping to keep the sun off your neck at lower altitudes, protecting from dust and wind and as neck/face protection higher up.

    • Climbing Harness - Standard

      These are available to hire for a small fee – please enquire.

    • Climbing Helmet

      You only have one head - best to look after it. Make sure you can wear a beanie/woolly hat under your climbing helmet

    • Compass

      A silva compass for navigating with

    • Dry Bags

      A selection of rucksack liners and dry bags as required to keep your clothing, sleeping bag and equipment dry and organised.

    • Fleece or Soft Shell Layer

      This can be a fleece jumper or fleece jacket or a soft shell jacket.

    • Gilet

      This is an optional item but a good choice as an extra layer to keep your core warm. Any gilet you choose should be low volume (not bulky) down, primaloft or fleece.

    • Gloves

      A lightweight windproof pair of gloves for wearing on a daily basis as required.

    • Head Torch

      With spare batteries or the means to recharge.

    • Hiking Socks

      We recommend a good pair of proper hiking/trekking socks. A minimum of three pairs but ideally you should have a pair for each day.

    • HMS Karabiners

      These should be locking Karabiners – you will need a minimum of 2.

    • Insulated Jacket

      Can be down or synthetic.

    • Lightweight Walking Trousers

      To wear on a daily basis if not wearing shorts and for evening wear. Jeans or tracksuit bottoms are not suitable.

    • Long-Sleeved Thermal Top

      Essential base layer for colder days and nights. Pack at least 2 of these.

    • Map

      OS or BMC/Harveys map of the Cuillin Ridge. Harvey maps produce the best map for Skye. Please make sure it is in a clear weatherproof map case or weatherproofed.

    • Mid-Layer

      Lightweight microfleece or something similar is ideal as a mid-layer. You should bring two mid-layer tops – tops with zips allow ventilation and are often better than round neck tops.

    • Personal First Aid Kit

      This should include suncream, lip balm, blister plasters (compeed), plasters, painkillers and any prescription medicines, insect repellant etc.

    • Rucksack 30lt

      A small rucksack, around 30lt will be ideal.

    • Sling 120cm

      1 x 120cm sling.

    • Soft-Shell Jacket

      Make sure it is insulated and, importantly, windproof (not all soft-shell jackets are windproof).

    • Sun Hat

      To keep the sun off your head!

    • Sunglasses

      For general eye protection, wearing whilst trekking or on glaciers if applicable to your trip – for wearing on glaciers sunglasses need to be Category 4 and be close fitting or have side protection.

    • Water Bladder

      It is essential that you have the means to carry at least 2 litres of drinking water. The best solution is a bladder type water carrier such as a camelbak as this then allows you to drink whilst walking with no need to stop to get out a water bottle.

    • Water Bottle

      At higher altitudes your Camelbak may freeze and so it is a good idea to have a 1 litre Nalgene type bottle. Also great for events like the Cuillin ridge Traverse.

    • Waterproof Jacket

      Hard shell jacket ideally this will be waterproof and breathable (GoreTex or equivalent) and it will have a hood.

    • Waterproof Trousers

      Ideally they should be windproof and breathable (Gore Tex or equivalent) and with full or ¾ length side zips.

    • Whistle

      For attracting attention if you become separated.

    • Woolly hat

      To keep your head warm - Ideally a hat that will cover your ears too and fit under a climbing helmet.

    Optional Clothing & Equipment

    • Belay Device

      A tube type Belay device is best - Our guide will provide this if required

    • Mobile Phone

      You may want to use you phone as a camera. On our overseas trips signal is often limited or non-existent so making calls or sending texts may not be possible - see FAQs for trip specific info.

    • Small Stainless Steel Flask

      Useful for hot drinks during the day/night

    • Walking poles

      Not essential but extremely useful when carrying a load, descending and for any river crossings.

    • Watch

      For keeping track of time


    • Booking Confirmation

      This will be sent to you aproximately 10 days before departure

    Carbon Footprint

    We are yet to determine the average CO2 emissions per person for our Skye Cuillin Munros course.

    What are we doing about it

    Trekking and mountaineering trips such as this are low carbon in comparison to other forms of travel and activities. That said though, we are working hard to understand exactly what the carbon emissions are for all our products. By the end of 2024 we hope to have measured everything we do and have a good understanding of all the individual carbon footprints. This will then act as a starting point for us to take action to reduce our emissions to as low as reasonably practicable and drive towards net zero.


    No, unfortunately we don’t currently provide equipment for hire but can recommend Expedition Kit Hire.

    Yes, taking photos is an absolute must! We do however advise you only to take a small camera as the extra weight of large SLR type cameras and accessories can all add up. Any extra weight will contribute to a more difficult day and possibly affect your balance on any tricky/technical sections.

    Using a fully qualified guide is not mandatory and we would encourage experienced hillwalkers, climbers, and mountain users to explore and have their own adventures. Employing a guide does, however, bring some benefits which include making the most of your available time to achieve more than you though possible and learning new skills as well as getting a greater insight into the Cuillin.

    No. We will provide all the technical equipment, all you need to bring is normal hill-walking clothing and basic equipment, see our kit list tab for more information

    A deposit of 25% of the total cost of the trip/course is payable at the time of booking and the balance is due 8 weeks before the departure date. If the booking takes place less than 8 weeks before departure, then the full amount is due at the time of booking. If you would like to discuss payment options, then please get in touch.

    A comprehensive list of clothing and equipment required for your trip can be found by visiting the ‘Kit List” tab on the relevant experience.

    Please refer to our Booking Conditions which can be found here. Alternatively, please feel free to contact a member of the team.

    Venturing into the mountains or taking part in rock, ice or mixed climbing brings with it a certain amount of risk. To minimise these risks, we often deploy ropes to keep each other safe – you will need a harness to attach yourself safely to the rope. The mountain and crag environment is littered with loose rock so we always advise on a helmet to help protect your head from any falling objects.

    Monkey Mountaineering is a family-owned business with a wealth of mountaineering experience. We only use fully qualified professional mountaineers to provide guiding and instruction and only work at small ratios (1 to 1 or 1 to 2). We will never pair you up with someone you don’t know, and our focus is on giving you the best experience possible. If you have booked onto one of our courses, then you can rest assured that the training will be tailored around your specific needs and previous experience.

    Walking poles are not mandatory, but many people do use them to help reduce the pressure on knees or help with balance. If you regularly use walking poles then please feel free to bring them with you.

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