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Cuillin Hills  

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Elevation: 3,255'
Location: 57.22221, -6.21694 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: fossana on May 12, 2014
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The area is not high by alpine standards, but subject to wet northern latitude coastal weather patterns. The rock was much better than I expected within minimal choss and avoidable slimy patches. The area is popular with hikers, climbers and wooly beasts.

Lodging-wise you'll find everything from a 4-start hotel to a youth hostel to roadside camping. The campground near the end of the road has hot showers and a small store. When I went in April 2014 the cost was 10 a night (more if you want to use the electric hook-up).

Helpful Hints for Non-locals
Most of the gas stations on Skye are open only business hours with no option for after-hours access. Broadford has a gas station on the main highway that stays open late. It's also attached to the Co-Operative grocery store, which has a decent selection for a small town. By law Scotland is lax in terms of roadside camping and right of passage on private lands. It is governed by the Scottish Outdoor Access Code, which basically means use leave no trace ethics. Most of the trails aren't marked and I didn't find any summit registers, so it helps to have a map and description/photo of the intended objective(s).

There are a number of guide books and maps for the area, along with free advice especially on the Cuillin traverse. The OS Explorer topo map I ordered never arrived so I can't comment on the quality. If you're planning to try the Cuillin/Skye Traverse I highly recommend Andy Hyslops' Rockfax guide. Andy held the speed record on the traverse at one time and the level of detail is amazing for the distance covered.

Getting There 

The Culllin Hills are located in the SW portion of the Isle of Skye. From A87 take A63 west to B8009. After ~1.7 miles on B8009 there will be a signed (but easy to miss) road on the left toward Glenbrittle. There are various trailheads along the road to and just past the tiny town of Glenbrittle.

Climbing Season

Weather station 17.6 miles from here

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typical wildlife
typical wildlife
Cuillin Ridge
Cuillin Ridge
more wildlife on the drive back to Edinburgh
more wildlife on the drive back to Edinburgh
Carol Ogilvie high on Pinnacle Ridge, Sgurr nan Gi...
Carol Ogilvie high on Pinnacle Ridge, Sgurr nan Gi...

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