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Black Cuillin, Isle of Skye

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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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  • Fabulous location we camped at the foot of the black Cuillins on our first night on Sky. Stunning and good camp site Strathcarron  more »
  • This drive was worth coming to the Isle of Skye. Amazing scenery around each corner and driving along the many single track roads was not too bad. There were places to pull over and take photos. There...  more »
  • You can't miss the Cuillins if you are on Skye - incredible scenery that looks beautiful in all conditions. We didn't climb or hike on them but still got to appreciate the views as we drove around the...  more »