I'm planning a trip to Skye with a small group (6-8) in October, we'll be there about 10 days and plan to tackle the Cuillin Ridge traverse (or something equally exciting if the weather doesn't play ball) and kayak around the coast for 2 days. The rest of the time we're hoping to be climbing / hill-walking wherever the weather suits.
So, I'd appreciate advice from anyone on here ...
... firstly, can anyone recommend some stunning wild camping spots for a group of this size? (I've ear marked a couple of campsites and hopefully we'll be spending one night on the ridge and another on a beach but am looking to wild camp around the island the rest of the time.
... secondly, can anyone recommend an instructor to guide us on the ridge traverse? (we are all climbers of varying experiences, paddlers, skydivers and BASE jumpers so reasonably risk aware and competent physically and psychologically, and a good team, but as we don't know the terrain or its micro-conditions I'm planning on booking a guide for that part of our trip. I've found a few through research but would prefer to go with a recommendation)
I'd really appreciate any suggestions you may have
In reply to Tim Chappell: Thanks Tim, we all wild camped the Great Glen canoe trail together last year so we have a pretty good designated s**t pit digger system and toilet kits are no prob ... highlight of the trip!!
In reply to Tim Chappell: sounds great, I had actually come across his website and emailed him (along with two others)back in Jan when I began looking around for a guide and his response was spot on, but it's been hard to decide based on emails and websites, so your comments have just swung the decision ... thanks so much : )
... any more thoughts on places to wild camp?
Incidentally... October?? Well, you might get lucky. Just as you might get unlucky in late May/ early June. Still, it's worth pointing out that October can be and often is absolutely useless in Skye. May/ June is the orthodox time for ridge attempts. And in recent years, the best weather in the whole Scottish summer has tended to come before midsummer's day.
Thanks Tim, most helpful ... and yes timing seems to be a tricky one and for a whole host of reasons we've gone with first 2 weeks in October but if we don't get lucky we'll still have a darn good time and we'll just be better prepared next time we try : )
your insights are most welcome so please feel free to keep them coming
> (In reply to Tim Chappell) Thanks Tim, we all wild camped the Great Glen canoe trail together last year so we have a pretty good designated s**t pit digger system and toilet kits are no prob ... highlight of the trip!!
In bad weather( or midge country) the two man bothy shelters ( with no bottom) is a handy portable toilet . Especially when they is no big rocks or trees around.