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TITLE
The Cioch, The Cuillins, Isle of Skye
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_CARD_5488
PLACENAME
Glenbrittle
DISTRICT
Skye
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Bracadale
PERIOD
1960s; 1970s
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
37124
KEYWORDS
Cuillins
Coolins
climbing
landscape
Isle of Skye
mountains
The Cioch, The Cuillins, Isle of Skye

In the early days of climbing on Skye, this amazing rock feature fixed to the imposing cliff face of Sron na Ciche was only surmised to exist. In 1899, the great mountaineer Professor Norman Collie (1859 - 1942) had noticed a shadow across a great slab while climbing in the Cuillin, but with the deception of the light and the direction of the sun, it was very difficult to pick it out from the surrounding rock. Collie only managed to get time five years later to confirm his suspicions, and in 1906 climbed the Cioch. It takes skill to find the route, with enormous boulders to be negotiated before one sees the Cioch. The view on a clear day from this vantage point is quite spectacular, high above Coire Lagan, with Loch an Fhir-bhalaich and Glen Brittle behind. The Cioch has since become a mecca for rock-climbers and in 1986 it featured as the setting for a sword-fight in the movie "Highlander".

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The Cioch, The Cuillins, Isle of Skye

INVERNESS: Bracadale

1960s; 1970s

Cuillins; Coolins; climbing; landscape; Isle of Skye; mountains

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In the early days of climbing on Skye, this amazing rock feature fixed to the imposing cliff face of Sron na Ciche was only surmised to exist. In 1899, the great mountaineer Professor Norman Collie (1859 - 1942) had noticed a shadow across a great slab while climbing in the Cuillin, but with the deception of the light and the direction of the sun, it was very difficult to pick it out from the surrounding rock. Collie only managed to get time five years later to confirm his suspicions, and in 1906 climbed the Cioch. It takes skill to find the route, with enormous boulders to be negotiated before one sees the Cioch. The view on a clear day from this vantage point is quite spectacular, high above Coire Lagan, with Loch an Fhir-bhalaich and Glen Brittle behind. The Cioch has since become a mecca for rock-climbers and in 1986 it featured as the setting for a sword-fight in the movie "Highlander".