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Skye trail - need advice

Skye trail - need advice


Postby vins » Fri Feb 27, 2015 12:28 am

hi everyone,

I will do the Skye trail beginning of May with a couple of friends.
We are experienced hikers and are used to rough trails, but we are not mountaineers.

We were thinking of doing a variation on the Skye trail.
From Sligachan, instead of going South direction Loch Cruisk / Elgol, we would go West direction Glennbrittle.

We would then like to traverse the Black Cuilin and descend towards Loch Cruisk to follow the Skye trail again from there.

Can someone give some advice on a possible route? Is it possible to do this? Again, we are experienced hikers who don't mind a bit of scrambling, but we are definitely not up to Alpine climbing with ropes etc.

Thanks a lot for your help!

cheers,
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Re: Skye trail - need advice

Postby headless spectre » Fri Feb 27, 2015 3:20 pm

Yes what you suggest is possible.
From Sligachan walk South West to Bealach a Mhaim then contour South into Coire na Creiche ascending Coire a Mhadaidh and crossing the ridge at Beallach na Glaic Moire down to Loch Coruisk. This route has no scrambling or climbing but with all routes to the Cuillin ridge will involve a very steep scree slope. The path is marked on the Ordnance Survey map but not on Harvey's, the path is quite clear until near the ridge and then there are cairns to mark the way.
Alternatively you can walk to GlenBrittle and then ascend Coire na Banachdich cross the ridge and descend to Loch Coruisk.
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Re: Skye trail - need advice

Postby vins » Sat Feb 28, 2015 10:37 pm

excellent! thanks for your help!!!

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Re: Skye trail - need advice

Postby Plavuizen » Sun Oct 15, 2017 6:16 pm

headless spectre wrote:Yes what you suggest is possible.
From Sligachan walk South West to Bealach a Mhaim then contour South into Coire na Creiche ascending Coire a Mhadaidh and crossing the ridge at Beallach na Glaic Moire down to Loch Coruisk. This route has no scrambling or climbing but with all routes to the Cuillin ridge will involve a very steep scree slope. The path is marked on the Ordnance Survey map but not on Harvey's, the path is quite clear until near the ridge and then there are cairns to mark the way.


This sounds relatively easy, on several other places I read advice not to pursue this route. Which one is true?
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Re: Skye trail - need advice

Postby Giant Stoneater » Mon Oct 16, 2017 8:57 am

Taken from a earlier post on Walkhighlands by jmarkb

Crossing the ridge via the Bealach na Glaic Moire is not technical but there will be plenty of scree and steep rocky ground. On the way up to the col from Coruisk, take the left hand side of a rocky rib, up scree and passing a spring about 100m below the ridge. The main problem is the route finding on the descent into Coire a' Mhadaidh: a direct line will take you onto steep and dangerous slabs. Instead, you need to traverse NE-ish under Bidein DnR for 300-400m until a steep scree gully leads down into the Coire. The path marked on the OS 1:25000 map shows roughly the right line, but don't expect to find any traces of it on the ground. This section could be very tricky in poor visibility: there are a couple of false gully lines before the correct one.
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Re: Skye trail - need advice

Postby Plavuizen » Mon Oct 16, 2017 9:11 am

Thanks. I'm planning to walk in the other direction: from Coire na Creiche to Loch Coruisk. Would that be easier route finding?
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Re: Skye trail - need advice

Postby gaffr » Tue Oct 17, 2017 8:58 am

A lot depends upon if you want a hard day out or an easier day out....at this time of year? with shorter daylight hours and with most likely having poorer weather and without clear skies. I think that most folks will consider this when choosing a route especially so on unfamiliar terrain in the Cuillin.
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