Cuillin Ridge Traverse

Cuillin Ridge Traverse

To traverse the entire ridge comprises approximately 10km of continuous scrambling along its ridge. There are sections of rock climbing (Graded 'Very Difficult') and many abseils. The famous Inaccessible Pinnacle is a key part of the full traverse and involves a short climb and abseil.

It normally takes two long days with an overnight bivouac to complete the traverse. This means carrying a sleeping bag, spare clothes, and waterproofs, as well as sufficient food and water. We would hope to stash some provisions on the ridge ahead of our attempted traverse.

Generally, only the fittest people will complete the traverse in two days. but is better done and can be savoured more, over 3 days.


Day 1: Meet your Guide - check equipment, pack and walk from Glenbrittle to the start with an overnight bivi.

Day 2: Break camp aiming to reach Gars-Bheinn 11am. TD Gap around 1 pm, Inn Pinn at approximately 4pm, An Doras, and an overnight bivi around 6 pm. The day can be up to 12 hours long and includes 2600m Ascent.

Day 3: Depart our bivi early, 6am, Bruach na Frithe around 10am, Sgurr nan Gillean at lunchtime, Sligachan around 3pm approximately 9 hours.

You will need to organise your own accommodation before and after the traverse, lunches, personal equipment, food, and insurance.

You will also need clothing, a sleeping bag and a bivi bag, a stove, and food for the entire duration. Water is scarce on The Ridge so carrying it is essential, so our wee 'stash' is crucial

A full equipment list is available by clicking here.

Guide Ratios: Although we can take a maximum of 4 clients on the Ridge, we guide with a maximum of 2 clients per guide.

What's included:

  • Services of a Mountaineering Instructor / Guide
  • Helmet and harness
  • Ropes and technical equipment
  • Service of a Peak Adventures Guide / Instructor
  • Coaching - You will learn how to pack for an expedition, how to manage ropes, and scramble safely. We will teach you how to build a safe belay and abseil.
  • Photos of your adventure