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.
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  • August 12, 2017
    Saw this amazing scenery driving all around Skye on a beautiful sunny day. What a beautiful country, well worth the minor hassles from the narrow and often one-track roads and tight squeezes. In summe...  more »
  • July 21, 2017
    There's many beautiful sights on Isle of Skye but The Black Cuillins is probably the one we liked the best. There's many places to pull over or park your car for a while and walk or take photos.  more »
  • July 2, 2017
    Fabulous views as you wind around the roads. You can see the Cullins from quite a distance. Note the difference between the Red and the Black.  more »

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