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Black Cuillin, Isle of Skye

Categories: Mountains, Nature & Parks
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The Cuillin is a range of rocky mountains located on the Isle of Skye in Scotland. The true Cuillin is also known as the Black Cuillin to distinguish it from the Red Cuilin across Glen Sligachan. The Red Cuilin hills are lower and, being less rocky, have fewer scrambles or climbs.The highest point of the Cuillin, and of the Isle of Skye, is Sgùrr Alasdair in the Black Cuillin at 992 m . The Cuillin is one of 40 National Scenic Areas in Scotland.Black CuillinThe peaks of the Black Cuillin are mainly composed of gabbro, a very rough black igneous rock which provides a superb grip for mountaineers, and basalt, which can be very slippery when wet. The summits of the Cuillin are bare rock, jagged in outline and with steep cliffs and deep cut corries and gullies. Twelve Black Cuillin peaks are listed as Munros, though one of them, Blaven, is part of a group of outliers separated from the main ridge by Glen Sligachan.The scrambler can access most of the individual peaks by their easiest routes. Only the Inaccessible Pinnacle is a graded rock climb (moderate) by its simplest line but several of the other summits require scrambling skills.There are no natural sources of water on the ridge (except for winter snows and melt water): all water must be carried by the visitor.
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  • We actually ran into these mountains on accident, driving from Inverness to the Fairy Pools in Glenbrittle. There are a bunch of places to stop off on the road and take pictures which is what we did. ...  read more »
  • We loved this area of Scotland. There is nothing more beautiful than the black of the Cuillin mountains. They are majestic and simply not to be missed! 
  • We weren't able to hike up into the mountain range but we stopped at the basin below them and they were breathtaking. Worth a stop to see them, but would have made an even better hike! 
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