CLIMB BEN NEVIS

Standing at a height of 1345 meters above sea level Ben Nevis is the highest mountain in the United Kingdom. It has many routes to its summit, but the most common way to climb Ben Nevis is via the ‘mountain path’ which journeys up the western flank from Glen Nevis.

Synergy Guides prefer a quieter and more exciting ascent via the spectacular North face. Here climbers and walkers can travel through simple technical terrain via Ledge Route, or alternatively test your head for heights on one of the classic ridges such as Tower Ridge or Castle Ridge.

Not quite what you are looking for? why not hire a Ben Nevis guide and choose amongst the hundreds of ways to climb ‘the Ben.’

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Tower Ridge - Ben Nevis

Why not challenge yourself to one of Scotlands most iconic mountain routes and climb Ben Nevis the hard way? The highlight of its imposing North Face is Tower Ridge, which needs little introduction to hillwalkers and climbers alike. It has been the scene of many epic tales the majority of which culminate around the crux of the route; Tower Gap which guards the way to the summit plateau. It should be better known as one of Scotland’s prize mountaineering routes, one of the longest in the United Kingdom and the centrepiece of the spectacular North Face. In our opinion, Tower Ridge is the best way to reach the summit of Ben Nevis!

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1 £240
2 £270
  • Spent 3 days in the Cullins with Andy from Synergy Guides, awesome time and was certainly put through my paces. They went the extra mile to provide pertinent training on bad weather days and am looking forward to getting back out with them for some winter progression.

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    Gordon Murphy
    10/10/2020
  • Just had 3 days in the Cuillin with Steve Holmes.Absolutely professional from first contact and throughout the 3 days. He enabled me to get up 8 Munros in the time we had. Enough instruction as required for the situations we were in. Gave me the confidence to tackle the Inn Pin and made the whole experience memorable.Good conversation and company too.

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    Steve Bicknell
    9/17/2021
  • Excellent guiding company. I have done Curved Ridge and some Skye stuff with Synergy and always felt really safe and comfortable with them. Thanks Steve and team.

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    Caroline L
    5/10/2020
  • I booked Steve to climb Ben Nevis by the Tower Ridge route & what a day!
    I have never been challenged as much as I was that day & Steve made it all possible.
    It was suppose to be a climb under summer conditions but winter was clinging on & Steve found himself instructing a novice in the use of crampons & an axe whilst also guiding me along the route.
    He did an impressive job & instilled confidence in myself which allowed me to climb rock in crampons, walk across icy ridges & even climb ice to reach the summit.
    Steve is a friendly, calm, positive & encouraging person who is very skilled in mountain arena & I cannot rate Steve enough.

    I would highly recommend him for your adventure in the mountains.

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    Marie Skinner
    5/24/2015
  • Cracking day out with on Skye with Steve. Very knowledgeable about the area and geology etc. Made me feel comfortable and confidant even tho I was a little nervous about down climbing etc. Will 100% book again when next in the area. Definatly recommend. Thanks

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    m h
    8/22/2021
  • A great day on the Aaonach Eagach with Rich. Expert guiding throughout-it made what could be intimidating ridge a great fun day out. Thanks!

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    Stephen H
    7/12/2016
  • We had a wonderful day out with Synergy Guides! Steve was a fantastic guide, and ensured we had a great climb up Tower Ridge. He was knowledgable, kind, thoughtful, and cared a lot about our experience. We couldn't have asked for more. Highly recommend!

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    Colette Hinckley
    10/18/2019
  • I had a couple of days of private guiding last week with Steve from Synergy Guides. Ice climbing conditions were not great so we had a day at Polldubh rock climbing and an indoor instruction session at the Ice Factor. At Polldubh the crags were just drying and Steve was able to choose a selection of routes to suit my level which were in condition. The highlight was Secretaries Direct, superb slab climbing. I have climbed with Steve several times before and always found him to be a safe and reliable guide who helps me get the best out of my climbing. Highly recommended.

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    Neil Sandilands
    4/21/2019
  • Just used Steve from Synergy Guides to complete a winter route on Ben Nevis. We climbed No.3 Gully Buttress Direct, was a fantastic experience and one I'll remember forever.I have used Steve as a guide before on a few occasions now and his knowledge is second to none. He is very professional, enthusiastic climber and knows how to give you a memorable outing. Everything is planned out very well, directions on the climb are clear and easily understood. Awesome experience and will definitely use Synergy again.........already booked another climb in June!

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    David Campbell
    4/21/2019
  • We climbed the Cuillin Traverse. Our guide Iain Murray was a friendly experienced hand, who lead us safely through a fantastic experience. Steve Holmes prepared us perfectly for the expedition, providing advice and guidance before we set off. Highly recommended.

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    Alan Segrott
    5/20/2021
  • Simply Outstanding In short, Steve has taken me from being a keen hill walker to leading Graded scrambles and climbs and doing my first Graded Scottish winter routes - something I never thought I would achieve.

    Steve is really easy to get on with which is, in my opinion, really important when you are a nervous climber and being introduced to the technical aspects of scrambling and climbing. He is calm and instills confidence in you as you learn the skills and knowledge. Steve took me out of my comfort zone (by agreement) but I never, ever, felt anything but safe. Thanks to Steve I have had some superb adventures including all but one of the Ben Nevis ridges (getting the last one this year), summits on Skye, some great scrambles in Glencoe and climbs in Glen Nevis and I have managed to bag at least two Grade 3 Scottish Winter routes and now have the confidence to lead other folk on routes.

    I can't rate Steve highly enough and highly recommend him to anyone wanting to enjoy the great outdoors in Scotland

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    John Adams
    6/15/2015
  • Me and my dad had an incredible day climbing tower ridge with Steve. Although my dad was a bit nervous at first, with Steve’s clam and clear guidance he was soon climbing with no fear at all and by the time we got to the summit we wanted to do it all over again. Thanks for an amazing day and we’ll definitely be back.

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    onlyhereforthebanter
    8/20/2020
  • We managed to get a last minute booking for a novice day learning to rock climb in Glen Nevis and what a day we had! After all the horrible weather we were lucky enough to have the sun shine on us and our guide Steve was exceptional, not only was he patient but we learned so much and have to say, I cannot wait to book another course with him in the near future. Highly recommended.

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    Paul Duxbury
    8/18/2014
  • We had a cracking experience with Synergy Guides in the Cuillins in September 2020. Great and detailed communication in advance - full of expectation management, kit advice and route options. Once our guide was allocated, we had a thorough conversation with him the day before and agreed that a full traverse of the Cuillin ridge would not be possible given the wild weather (sad face). Nonetheless, we certainly made up for it with three amazing day trips on the ridge each with their own adventures. Our guide was an incredibly reassuring professional as well as a great character full of stories from a lifetime in the mountains. Can't wait to get back to have a second go.

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    Jamie Wood
    10/13/2020
  • I have done a couple of trips with Steve now. Last year was a weeks scrambling in Glen Coe culminating in ascending the north face of Ben Nevis. Earlier this year we did a 2 day traverse of the Black Cuillins in Skye. Both trips were amazing experiences that took me beyond what I thought I could do. Steve's experience, guidance and calmness gave me the confidence to complete these adventures. Not only that he is great company and very easy to spend time with. Very highly recommended.

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    Ian Preece
    6/22/2015
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Castle Ridge - Ben Nevis

Castle Ridge is the least technical of the ‘great ridges’. That’s not to say it is an easy way to climb Ben Nevis however, as the route climbs short steep steps of moderate ground with plenty of really enjoyable grade 2 scrambling in-between. The hardest section of Castle Ridge is a lovely 10-meter chimney that overlooks our now distant approach path – it really is one of the best routes on the mountain.

Castle Ridge boasts similarities to climbing Tower Ridge but with less commitment and a slightly shorter approach. For these reasons, we suggest Castle Ridge as a brilliant initiation to high end scrambling on the North face and a good introduction to technical Scottish winter climbing.

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1 £240
2 £270

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Ledge Route - Ben Nevis

It is a common mistake to think the North face only entertains hardcore climbers. The best of the easy scrambles on Ben Nevis is via Ledge Route which winds its way through the most spectacular scenery culminating in a narrow but very short ‘ledge’ which gives the route its name. It is a popular Scottish winter climb, but you will seldom see many people here even on the most beautiful summer days. For anyone looking for a challenging but easy route to the summit of Ben Nevis, Ledge Route is the one for you.

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2 £270
3 £300
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Ben Nevis guide

Private mountain guiding is at the core of our work, the idea of having an instructor tailor make a day to suit your aspiration is very appealing. Your dream route may require technical climbing that we can safeguard you on, or you may aspire to climb Ben Nevis yourself with the watchful eye of an instructor close by.

Whichever route you wish to climb, by booking with Synergy Guides you will receive a tailor-made itinerary depending on your aspirations, fitness and your group compatibility. We will undoubtedly have fun; our aim is to provide you with an experience to savour and attain skills to build on for years to come.

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