Rock Climbing and Mountaineering Courses on the Isle of Skye


Situated on the north-west coast of Scotland, the Isle of Skye enjoys long days from late spring to early autumn, without ever getting truly dark around the summer solstice. The island is home to the Cuillin Ridge, possibly the greatest mountaineering expedition in the British Isles. With 10 peaks over 3000 feet, it is more than 6 miles long, always above 2500 feet and has more than 13,000 feet of vertical ascent or descent. The scrambling terrain is serious and exposed with a handful of technical rock climbing and abseiling sections. Completed in one, very long and tiring day from sunrise to sunset, or in a more relaxed two days with a high bivvy on the ridge, this is a mountain adventure to last a lifetime in your memory.

The rock on Skye is rough, volcanic gabbro that gives excellent friction under your feet and there is a huge assortment of climbs and scrambles to challenge and reward you. You could take a small boat into Loch Coruisk and ascend the Dubhs ridge – the longest continuous route in the UK with 900 meters of wonderful scrambling on immaculate Gabbro slabs, or you could walk into Corie Lagan and link several routes together, giving you 400 meters of climbing with a visit to the remarkable Cioch along the way. There are also fantastic sea cliff climbing venues to give you atmospheric routes and a welcome rest from the long days in the mountains.