Skye and Mull

These munros are situated on the inner Hebridean islands off the west coast.

Mull has a single munro surrounded by several corbets and good close by campsites. Take the opportunity to visit Tobermory especially if anyone remembers the hit CBeebies programme Balamory, and also Iona whilst on the island. Roads are narrow and twisty but very scenic.

The munros on Skye are a climbers paradise. This is the UK’s only area of gabbro rock ( Norway also features gabbro) a very rough sandpaper texture which gives amazing friction and destroys boots and fingerprints on every visit. The main Black Cuillin ridge is the rock climbing mecca. All summits can be accessed by walking or scrambling except the In Pin which is a moderate rock climb plus abseil with bags of exposure. The munros are all connected in a long horseshoe ridge containing many classic rock features and climbs, Collies ledge, Thearlaich Dubh Gap, Basteir tooth etc but not the Gendarme which fell off the ridge at the end of last century. This ridge can be traversed in a continuous outing taking anything from several hours to a full day and night.

Glenbrittle is the main access area with good but often boggy paths up through amazing rocky corries onto the ridges. Loch Coruisk on the other side is also an excellent alternative. From this side one can “do the Dubhs”, a continuous rock ridge at a uniform 30ish degrees rising 3000 ft all done simply by scrambling, relying on the amazing friction of gabbro ( oh and a short abseil thrown in as well). Look out across Loch Coruisk to see the house sized boulders which broke off from a high overhang a decade or so ago and bounced into the loch. This area is one of the few in Scotland where the scenery is virtually unaffected by man.

There is a ferry from Elgol to Coruisk which will also do special runs for access, or a path round the coast (including the famous bad step) which takes you round to Camusunary beach where there is bridgeless river crossing, a bothy and from where the outlying munro Blaven can be climbed.

Navigation in the Black Cuillin is significantly more difficult than on most Scottish hills. The 1:50,000 map is not useful for the ridge as the features are too close together. The rock is magnetic so the compass cannot be used except in the bealachs. On a clear day it is possible to see the route but on a (common) misty day beware as it is easy to get into all sorts of serious difficulty. It is good to make your first visit with someone who knows the routes well. Enjoy.

Whilst on Skye you can use the off days to visit the red cuillins close by, or the northern half of the island including the Quiraing with its level football pitch set in a world of spires. For really off days there is Dunvegan Castle and the Talisker distillery.

MUNROS IN Skye and Mull
Am Basteir
Ben More (Mull)
Bla Bheinn (Blaven)
Bruach na Frithe
Sgurr a Ghreadaidh
Sgurr Alasdair
Sgurr a Mhadaidh
Sgurr Dearg (Inaccessible Pinnacle)
Sgurr Dubh Mor
Sgurr Mhic Choinnich
Sgurr na Banachdich
Sgurr nan Eag
Sgurr nan Gillean
Skye and Mull Area Map


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