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The Cuillins Of Skye

By Andrew Kelly

Are you looking for something different for your annual vacation? Have you thought about visiting the country of Scotland? Have you ever taken a vacation in a remote island? In the article below I discuss the Isle of Skye off the west coast of Scotland.

The picturesque Isle of Skye in Scotland’s Inner Hebrides is an amazingly popular vacation destination. Frequently associated with the older members of society the island is famed for it’s most dramatic landscape and the most obvious aspect is the impressive sight of the Black Cuillins.

The Cuillins are a ridge of mountains which contain rocks from all 3 geological periods; Cretaceous, Jurassic and Triassic, the mountains are exceptionally popular with both people on the lookout for fossils and geologists and hill-walkers, mountain climbers, hikers, ramblers.

The mountain tops of Sgurr nan Gillean and Am Basteir provide the best views. Skye’s easiest munro to climb (a munro is a Scottish mountain which is greater than three thousand feet in height) is Bruach na Frithe. The most difficult is Basteir Tooth. Sgurr Beag is easy climb also but you may find Sgurr Na h-Uarma a moderate rockclimb.

The vast majority of people set off from Sligachan because it is roughly 3km from there to the slopes of the Cuillin.

Safety First

Each and every year way too many ramblers and hill walkers (including a few mountain climbers) end up in difficulty. The weather on the Isle of Skye can change surprisingly quickly, one minute the sun is shining strong and the next you can find yourself facing biting winds.

The one thing which is of extreme importance to do, is to take a look at the local weather forecast. The information can be found at Tourist Information Centres across the island. These are found in the following locations: the car park in Broadford, 2 Lochside in Dunvegan and Bayfield Road in Portree.

The Tourist Information Centres produce a useful brochure concerning safety in the Cuillins which is definitely worth filling out. It is very easy to spot as it is very brightly coloured. Once you have filled in the form leave it in the safe hands of a responsible person who isn’t going with you.

Isle Of Skye Accommodation

As mentioned earlier the island is intensely popular so finding a bed and breakfast with vacancies is difficult during the summer season. If you fancy the idea of climbing the Cuillins it is crucially important that you reserve your accommodation as early as you can. Sligachan is also a superb site for camping, which might~may be your only option if you leave booking too late.

Skye bed & breakfast is relatively easy to find but if you are planning a vacation to the island please take a look at our listings of Isle of Skye bed & breakfast

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