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The Cuillin

The Cuillin are visible from most parts of Skye. They can have a major effect on the weather of Skye.

The Cuillins from Elgol
Views of the Cuillin from Elgol

The Cuillins at Sligachan
Cuillins from Sligachan

The Black Cuillin are composed mainly of gabbro. Gabbro is a rough black rock which provides a good grip for mountaineers. The Black Cuillin are also composed of basalt, which can be slippery when wet. The summits of the Black Cuillin are jagged and steep. Twelve Black Cuillin peaks are listed as Munros. One of them, Blaven, is part of a group of outliers separated from the main ridge by Glen Sligachan.

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Sligachan has some of the most imposing views of the Cuillins.

The Cuillins at Sligachan
Cuillins from Sligachan

The Red Cuillin sometimes known as the Red Hills are mainly composed of granite. This has a reddish tinge  in some lights. The Red Cuillin have weathered into more rounded hills with scree slopes.

The highest point of The Red Cuillin is Glamaig, one of only two Corbetts on The Isle of Skye. The other is Garbh-bheinn.

 

The Cuillins at Sligachan
Cuillins from Sligachan

      

     
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