of Skye, Scotland -
Virtual Tour of the Cuillin Mountains
red and black Cuillins of Skye
Cuillin mountains, a massive confusion of gabbro and granite which
straddles the island, are famous for their rugged splendour. The red
hills of the east have soft, rounded contours to their steep sides
while the black hills to the west, rising to almost 1000 metres, are
unimaginably hard and jagged in their aspect.
|It is to these, the Black Cuillin, that
mountaineers from all over the world come to try their mettle.
The highest peaks are connected by a continuous ridge which
twists, towers, and plunges its tortuous way from north to
names along the way tell their own stories. Am Bastier: "the
executioner"; Sgurr a Ghreadaich: "the peak of
torment"; An Garbh-choire: "the wild cauldron".
The two main starting points for exploring the
Cuillins are Sligachan, which lies at the junction of the two main
roads through the island, and Glen Brittle, to the west.
awesome beauty of these mountains is, for some people, very hard to
resist but the ascent onto the ridge, from any starting point, is
arduous and perilous and should only be undertaken by experienced
mountaineers or with the help of a local guide.
Please ensure you have proper footwear and suitable clothing.