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Black Cuillin

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The Black Cuillin are a world famous range of mountains on the Isle of...

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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We actually ran into these mountains on accident, driving from Inverness to the Fairy Pools in Glenbrittle. There are a bunch of places to stop off on the road and take pictures... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 24 September 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

We actually ran into these mountains on accident, driving from Inverness to the Fairy Pools in Glenbrittle. There are a bunch of places to stop off on the road and take pictures which is what we did. It was amazing driving through them and seeing how big and surreal they were.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

We loved this area of Scotland. There is nothing more beautiful than the black of the Cuillin mountains. They are majestic and simply not to be missed!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

We weren't able to hike up into the mountain range but we stopped at the basin below them and they were breathtaking. Worth a stop to see them, but would have made an even better hike!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

These mountains dominate south and central Skye. A good place to start to get an understanding of them is Sligachan as well as routes to walk into them there are useful information boards explaining their formation ( you wil understand allusions to gabbro that crop up on the island). Also tribute to the men who first studied these mountains and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016 via mobile

The most spectacular mountains in the UK by far. There are low level walks for the family or hard level climbs for the serious climber. A compass is useless so if you're unsure of the area, get a guide or stay within visual navigation limits.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016

We were lucky when we were in Skye that day, the sun shone at times but even when it was dull it made the mountains even more dramatic looking.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2016

We drove along the A863 from Dunvegan to Sligachan. I love the drive as when they come in sight and then disappear again it's eerie! The Black Cuillin is near the Sligachan Hotel end. Second time here. Amazing views whatever the weather. A bit like what you would think being on the moon would be like. I personally like them... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2016

The black Cuillin are stunning, whatever the weather. Bright sunshine or moody and dark they always astound. I love this area of Skye and would be more than happy to visit it at any time of the year. I do not climb or walk huge distances now, but to stand and view these hills/mountains is always awe inspiring. The Sligachan... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2016

The Black Cuillin mountains dominate Skye's landscape and can be seen from most parts of the island. The sharp peaks and dark colour give them a brooding and haunting look almost something you'd expect to see as a backdrop in a Lord of the Rings movie. Good views can be had from Glen Brittle and across the bay at the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2016

I loved the Cullin ranges. The black Cullin are taller and formed from extinct volcanoes that occupy the Isle of Skye. They were snow covered in May and can be seen as you approach from the mainland over the Portree Bridge. Naturally beautiful.

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