I want to come on a course on my own, can I do that?
Yes - You can either sign up for a course and we will match you up with other interested clients or you can book private guiding.
What happens if the weather is bad?
We will always have an alternative activity or route to make the most of conditions. We know the island and locality very well and so plans can always be changed - all you need is some flexibility. If the weather is too bad for any activity then we will rearrange your booking to another date or provide a refund.
How fit do I need to be?
The fitter you are the more fun you will have and the more chance you will have of completing your planned activity. However activities are always tailored to fitness and ability and small numbers means that you will have a good chance of success! We can provide more detailed information about useful cardiovascular and muscular training if you are not an experienced or regular hill walker/scrambler/climber. For more advanced courses, such as traverses, we will let you know what previous experience and fitness levels are required.
Do I need a car to come to the Isle of Skye?
No, but it is an advantage. There is a train service to Kyle of Lochalsh. Citylink buses run to Sligachan and Portree.
If travelling from outwith Scotland you may want to consider flying to Inverness and then hiring a car or getting the train or bus over.
Where should I stay?
Please see our links page which has a list of accommodation providers. If you do not have transport then Sligachan and Carbost are most convenient. Lifts can be arranged from there to Glenbrittle or other venues. If you are coming to Skye during the summer then make sure you book your accommodation as early as possible.
What type of insurance do I need for a course/ activity?
We hold appropriate insurance from the Activities Industry Mutual and Perkins Slade. A holiday insurances policy will cover you in the case of cancellation, illness or other unforeseen circumstances. Try the British Mountaineering Council or Snowcard for this.
What equipment do you need for a standard summer walking/scrambling/climbing day?
See our what to bring section
What equipment is provided?
Helmet, Harness, belay device and carabiners
Ropes and any other technical climbing equipment
We have a good selection of technical climbing shoes
Rucksacks, Hats, gloves and other items can be provided on request.
What safety equipment do we carry?
First aid kit
How much experience do I need?
All our courses and activities have options suited to beginners and those who are more advanced. However having previous Scottish hill walking and scrambling experience will make any Cuillin Course much more enjoyable.
What is coasteering?
Coasteering is a fun way to enjoy the sea and shoreline, you'll climb over rocks, swim into sea caves, make some challenging jumps and generally splash your way along some of the UK's most breath taking coastline. With any luck you'll see Otters and Seals and a fantastic range of sea birds
What is Gorge walking?
Gorge walking is a great way to explore Skye's many amazing rivers and canyons, you'll climb through narrow channels, swim in crystal clear water, negotiate waterfalls, take on some fun jumps all against the stunning backdrop of the Cuillin Mountain Range.
Will I be warm?
Yes, Thanks to our cosy 5mm wetsuits plus the adrenaline surging through your veins you'll be warm as toast, your buoyancy aid and helmet also help to keep any wind chill at bay.
What do I need to bring?
It is essential to bring a swimsuit and a towel. If you have an old pair of shorts and trainers that you don't mind getting wet, then please bring them. A snack and a thermos of tea for after the session is also a good idea.
Who can do it?
It is possible for everyone to enjoy coasteering, It is suitable for all shapes and sizes, the minimum age is 13 (accompanied by a parent/guardian) however if you are younger we would still like to think we can tailor a session to you and your family so give us a call. We also enjoy taking more confident swimmers on advanced sessions, these offer some bigger jumps, longer swims and the chance to play in waves.
Do I need to be able to swim?
Yes however your confidence in water is far more important than your actual swimming ability, we will tailor every session to your requirements and abilities.
How long does a session last?
Half day sessions run for 3-4 hours generally.