The Black Cuillins of Skye are a jagged, rugged mix of complex gabbro and basalt peaks. This is a scramblers paradise with routes that will take you to every summit and through some outstanding and exposed mountain scenery.
You don’t need any previous scrambling experience for this course, just a good level of fitness and a head for heights.
Best Time To Go
You can scramble in the Skye Cuillins at any time of year however, the best conditions tend to run from May through to September.
We can run our Skye Scrambles course on dates to suit you from May to September. The weather plays a big role in this course and we can’t guarantee in advance what routes or objectives will be achieved. We can make a plan at the time of booking and our expert Guides will do their best to make that happen. That said, a flexible approach is useful when heading into the Cuillins.
We can run our Skye Scrambles course on dates to suit you between May and September. You can choose from 1 to 5 days or more to suit the time you have available. Prices start at £250 per day for a maximum of 2 people. Extra days are charged at £250 per day.
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.
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
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.
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.
You only have one head - best to look after it. Make sure you can wear a beanie/woolly hat under your climbing helmet
A silva compass for navigating with
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.
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.
A lightweight windproof pair of gloves for wearing on a daily basis as required.
With spare batteries or the means to recharge.
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.
These should be locking Karabiners – you will need a minimum of 2.
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.
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.
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.
1 x 120cm sling.
Make sure it is insulated and, importantly, windproof (not all soft-shell jackets are windproof).
To keep the sun off your head!
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.
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.
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.
Hard shell jacket ideally this will be waterproof and breathable (GoreTex or equivalent) and it will have a hood.
Ideally they should be windproof and breathable (Gore Tex or equivalent) and with full or ¾ length side zips.
For attracting attention if you become separated.
To keep your head warm - Ideally a hat that will cover your ears too and fit under a climbing helmet.
Optional Clothing & Equipment
A tube type Belay device is best - Our guide will provide this if required
Make sure you have spare batteries or the means to re-charge.
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
Not essential but extremely useful when carrying a load, descending and for any river crossings.
For keeping track of time
This will be sent to you aproximately 10 days before departure
We are yet to determine the average CO2 emissions per person for our Skye Scrambles course.
What are we doing about it
Trekking 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 2023 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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