ISLE OF SKYE, SCOTLAND - 24 MAY 2014: Brian Innes, Chris Hill, Stephen Baird and David Hetherington traversing the north ridge of Sgurr a'Ghreadaidh, a Munro on the Isle of Skye, North-West Highlands of Scotland.

I had a great time recently with friends on the Isle of Skye in the North-West Highlands of Scotland. We spent 3 days on the Black Cuillin, a group of mountains (including 11 Munros) that offers, arguably, some of the the best scrambling and climbing opportunities in the United Kingdom. 

On day 1, we followed a route that is described in J. Wilson Parker's 'Scrambles in Skye' guidebook as "one of the most enjoyable (or horrifying) scrambles in Britain". The traverse of Sgurr a'Mhadaidh to Sgurr na Banachdaich, over Sgurr a'Ghreadaidh and Sgurr Thormaid, is a grade 3 (out of 3) scramble. It follows a series of exposed, knife-edge ridges that can delight (or perhaps terrify) you with great drops beneath your feet. We had great views of the Cuillin mountain range, especially over to Sgurr Alasdair, the highest mountain in Skye, and to Sgurr Dearg, where we could see people climbing on the Inaccessible Pinnacle.

On Day 2, we climbed up into Coir a'Ghrunnda, a fantastic rocky corrie that provides access to two other Munros, Sgurr nan Eag and Sgurr Dubh Mor. On day 3, we finished our trip on Sgurr nan Gillean, yet another awesome mountain with great views over to the Cuillin outlier, Bla Bheinn.