Eastern Cuillin Circuit

Key information: Eastern Cuillin Circuit

  • The esternmost Red Cuillin form a magnificent horseshoe, with a wonderful selection of visual delights.
  • This is a demanding but exciting walk, including a superb, narrow and airy ridge  above two huge corries.

Walkopedia rating

  • Walkopedia rating85
  • Beauty34
  • Natural interest15
  • Human interest4
  • Charisma33
  • Negative points1
  • Total rating85
  • Note: Negs:. Frequent bad weather

Vital Statistics

  • Length: 8km
  • 5hrs
  • Maximum Altitude: 723m
  • Level of Difficulty: Strenuous


The easternmost Red Cuillin form a magnificent horseshoe circuiting round Beinn na Callich, Beinn Dearg Mhor and Beinn Dearg Bheag and its eastward ridge.

You can't escape great views on Skye, and these mountains are no exception, with a wonderful selection of visual delights around eastern Skye and across to the mountains of the mainland.

This is a demanding walk, evidenced by its 8km taking some 5 hours, with a steep and rocky opening climb straight up from the little road south of Broadford to the high cairn (723m) on Beinn na Caillich. From there a superb, narrow and airy ridge leads west above two huge corries. The descent from the plateau-topped Beinn Dearg Mhor is on a long and demanding scree of pink granite shards - to be taken with care. The final summit is rough but not difficult, and is followed by a long and at times very rough descent.

On Walkopedia’s wish list for when we get back to Skye!

Skye has notoriously fickle and often bad weather, and conditions on top can be appalling. People die up there, and it is easy to lose your way in cloud/mist. Always come fully prepared. This is not a walk to do in bad weather or low cloud.

Pathfinder's now quite old Skye and North West Highlands has a good section on this walk.

For more information and photos, including detailed practical information, see our Isle of Skye walk page.

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