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Author: Rosie Fuller

Over the ensuing months, we’re taking a look at some of the best hikes in the world. Next up is one of the finest and longest Alpine-style rock routes in Europe, and one of the UK’s most challenging, the spectacular Cuillin Ridge Traverse.

The Cuillin Ridge Traverse on the Isle of Skye is too magnificent to ignore and, as an Alpine route, it is often called the greatest mountaineering challenge in Britain.

Generally taking two days, the expedition involves traversing the ridge’s 22 peaks, with over 4,000m ascent and descent along the way. It’s not for the inexperienced, but it’s arguably the finest climb in Britain.

Over the course of the climb you’ll take in incredible panoramic views of the surrounding terrain and will experience dramatic drop-offs that are sure to get your heart racing. Plus, at the end of this exhilarating traverse you’ll have a massive feeling of accomplishment and pride.

 Intro photo: Thierry Gregorius