Black Cuillin
Black Cuillin
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The Black Cuillin are a world famous range of mountains on the Isle of Skye. Mainly composed of basalt and gabbro, it is from the dark colour of the gabbro that the Black Cuillin derives its name. The summits of the Cuillin are bare rock, jagged in outline and with steep cliffs and deep cut corries and gullies. All twelve Munros on Skye are Black Cuillin peaks except for Blaven which belongs to a group of outliers separated from the main ridge by Glen Sligachan. The highest point of the Black Cuillin is Sgùrr Alasdair at 992m (3,255ft). At the heart of The Cuillin lies one of Britain's most famous corrie’s, Loch Coruisk, a deep and forbidding body of water. It has inspired countless artists such as William Turner and Sir Walter Scott who described them after his visit in 1814: ‘We were now under the western termination of the high mountains of Cuillin, whose weather-beaten and serrated peaks we had admired at a distance from Dunvegan. They sunk here upon the sea, but with the same bold and peremptory aspect which their distant appearance indicated. They seemed to consist of precipitous sheets of naked rock, down which torrents were leaping in a hundred lines of foam. The tops, apparently inaccessible to human foot, were rent and split into the most tremendous pinnacles: towards the base of these bare and precipitous crags the ground, enriched by the soil washed away from them, is verdant and productive.’
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rayrest
Fenton, UK7,483 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Couples
The cuillin hills rise to a peak of nearly a 1000 metres and overshadow fairy pools. When you first drive on to skye you will be confronted by the cuillin hills. Awesome sight
Written 6 May 2022
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Chris I
Glasgow, UK1,031 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
Brooding in mist and cloud, absolutely stunning silhouette in winter evening sun. Confession. We didn’t walk up a Cuillin, just looked!
Written 15 November 2020
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DJM1945
Montrose, UK1,939 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
We saw them both from thistle of Raasay and when we went on a drive on Skye and they are really quite magical.
Written 13 March 2020
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Ned N
Doncaster, UK153 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
There’s something magical about these peaks. Whether seen up close or from afar they look dark and foreboding. Some sort of evil castle 🏰
Written 4 November 2019
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runtrails
Polson, MT137 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
The trail from near the hotel goes to the Fairy Pools but a branch to the left takes you up into the Black Cullin mountains. You can climb up to a saddle for great views including the Executioner.
Written 10 October 2019
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Wandering Wonderings
Hastings, UK3,251 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Family
The view of these mountains made my kids ooh and aar in wonder. They are absolutely beautiful. I loved driving past these and enjoying the stunning view.
Written 2 October 2019
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bobbart913
Boston, United States50 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
The whole of Skye and, in fact, most of Scotland is one big photo of spectacular scenery, so my title might not be helpful. We experienced the Black Cullins at both the Faery Pools and down a one-track drive thru the Sleat Peninsula, where the Black Cullins meet the Red. Quite beautiful.
Written 2 October 2019
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Snowman1122
Nottingham, UK2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
The black Cuillin are the toughest mountains in the UK. Each one is a climb from sea level to 3000 ft. They are much harder than the Lake District but if you research the walks first and go well prepared (Map, Good Footwear, Waterproof etc. A GPS device (a phone app is great with OS maps)) you will have a magical time and really feel like you have achieved something with each peak climbed. I have now been there 6 times with my son and done far more than I thought possible (I am over 70) but I would not have missed it for anything. If you are prepared to put some effort in, you will be amply rewarded with a holiday to remember. It is very strenuous so a week is probably enough.
Written 19 September 2019
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Bale
24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
In good weather we walked to Sgurr Dearg, one mountain of the Cuillin ridge. The hard way up was partly on a field scree which slowered us down. The views from above were spectacular. We really enjoyed it.
Written 2 September 2019
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Joe D
103 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Family
Had a wonderful family trip to the Cuillin Mountains, amazing scenery and great trip out on 'the Misty Isle'. Shame some families don't think about others visiting. We had a group near us frolicking about in the loch, kids shouting and screaming - voices carry disturbing the peace and tranquility for others (selfish bas@#$%s). Dotty the dog running off the f@#$ing lead and barking at our kids. Still enjoyed the visit just wish people would be considerate of others.
Written 2 August 2019
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