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Inaccessible Pinnacle on Skye

Guided ascents of The Inaccessible Pinnacle on Skye is one of the iconic mountain images in the UK.  Everyone always had a memorable story to tell about their summit day of the In' Pinn'.

Guided ascent of the Inaccessible Pinnacle, Skye
  • Distance: 7km

  • Ascent: 986m

  • Terrain: rough mountain path, rock                        ridge!

  • Average duration: 6 hours.

  • Start/finish – Glen Brittle Hut


Experience of mountain walking and/or climbing/mountaineering required.  A good level of general fitness is needed to be successful.


What we offer

Our instructors are experienced in the mountains and are very good at leading people through complicated terrain.

Our instructors know the best routes and short cuts to keep you moving towards the peaks and amazing views.

We have a flexible approach to the routes picking the best for you with a maximum ratio of 1 guide to 2 clients.

All technical equipment for the ridge is supplied.


Sgurr Dearg or more famously known as the In' Pinn' is the only Munro where rock climbing is required to get to the summit.

The route starts from Glen Brittle Hut where we follow the well made path up to the slopes of Sgurr Dearg.  We then make a steeper ascent towards the top of the broad shoulder.  Near the summit of the shoulder we will put on our helmets and harnesses and make our way along the scrambling sections of the ridge towards the In' Pinn'.  These sections of rock are a good warm up to the main climbing.

Once on the summit of the mountain we get our 1st proper view of the Inaccessible Pinnacle, the great fin of rock that appears to sit on top of Sgurr Dearg, but it is higher by about 20m. 

We make our way down slightly to the start of the East Ridge where we start the proper climbing.  The ridge is narrow along its length but there are hand and foot holds all the way and in no time at all we will be at the summit.


From the summit there is one of the best abseils in the country to get back down, where we then descend via the same route back to Glen Brittle.  

Additional Info

The starting point is Glen Brittle Hut . We aim to start at 8.30am.

We can supply helmets and harnesses.

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