SKYE CUILLIN RIDGE
The Isle of Skye is the largest island of the Inner Hebrides; it is situated off the West coast of Scotland and accessed via the Skye bridge at the Kyle of Lochalsh. The centre of the island is dominated by the Skye Cuillin Ridge which provides some of the most dramatic mountain scenery in the UK.
It is this mountain range that attracts mountaineers far and wide, many of which arrive with high hopes of summiting the twelve Munros the island hosts. Eleven of these are on the main Cuillin Ridge with just Blabheinn sitting slightly further afield.
Whether you aspire to climb the Inaccessible Pinnacle, experience a Cuillin Ridge Traverse or climb Skye Munros Synergy Guides would love to help you out. A good level of fitness will allow you to enjoy the endless amount of scrambling and rock climbing that Skye has to offer.
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The eleven Munros on the Skye Cuillin Ridge are among the most challenging mountains the UK has to offer. Not only do they require technical skills to reach their summits but navigating through this tricky and sometimes hazardous terrain takes patience, experience and without prior knowledge; visibility.
Arguably the most iconic landmark on the Cuillin Ridge is the Inaccessible Pinnacle. The idea of climbing this impressive feature should be on the mind of every mountaineer who visits the island. Accompanied by one of our friendly guides; it can be a lot of fun!
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Just completed the Cuillin ridge over two days (& one nights bad bivvy sleep!) with Andy and Casper, with my brother in law and our two seventeen year old boys (now men after that). As a familiar visitor to the ‘easy, hillwalking bits’ of the Cuillins, I admit to having underestimated the true mountaineering nature of the full ridge, which needs full respect. Steve prep’d us well (no nonsense, thanks!), Andy and Casper were fabulous and importantly risk assessed superbly, guided confidently and utterly professionally, and were also great company. Synergy are top notch, and I advise you to not cut corners up on those crags!Jon Morrish8/22/2021
What an epic day! Casper (our guide for the day) was brilliant! Very knowledgeable and full of local mountain info. Day was able to be what we wanted it to be and more! Synergy even brought the sun out with them to make a perfect day!
Easy booking and great comms!!
Thanks so much guys! Definitely a returning customer!Larry Mann8/15/2020
Booked with Synergy Guides again, we’ve been using Steve Holmes for 3 years now and highly recommend him. This year we booked late so Steve arranged two days winter climbing with Niels, a superb guide and great bloke! We had two fantastic days out with Niels who was great fun and we felt totally safe at all times. Niels took us on Western Rib , Aonach Mor and Ordinary route on SCNL. We just wish we’d booked another day !Will continue to use Synergy Guides for our next Scottish winter experience.Leanne Fairweather5/10/2020
Had an amazing day out with Tom traversing the Aonach Eagach ridge on what was a blistering hot day with stunning views. Having a guide who was experienced helped me dispel any nerves and apprehensions and enabled me to relax and enjoy the whole experience. I'd never have had the confidence to do this alone but now feel that I could manage should I want to do it again in the future.Thank you Synergy!!Sarah Christen7/22/2021
I’ve been out with Steve Holmes quite a few times and would strongly recommend him as your guide. His sole aim is to give you a great day out. He is an excellent judge of where to go for the conditions, weather and your ability. On the hill, he is ever alert to your safety and also offers good coaching tips. He is such a good climber that I always feel he is completely on top of everything. Importantly, too, he is great company and full of enthusiasm, whatever the weather.
I am now in my early seventies, and prone to angina, so the qualities above are very important to me. Steve makes sure that associate guides working for Synergy meet the same standards. Through Synergy I’ve had wonderful days on winter routes at III to V in standard.David Wilson5/27/2020
We were fortunate enough to have Steve take my novice family of four (mum, dad, boys 9 &13) out for a days climbing. Any nerves I had previous to the day were swiftly eased due to Steves professional and calming guidance. The day ran seamlessly from kit being provided to Steves meticulously organised activities for the day. After the days climb it was rounded off with some cliff jumping into a local river, which was the perfect way to cool down after an exhilarating day. Really can not recommend Steve from Synergy Guides enough, due to his extensive knowledge and experience he has managed to create a memorable experience for my family which will be reminisced for years to come!Joanne Connolly7/25/2021
This was my first adventure with Steve. He was absolutely amazing start to finish. I was mainly learning to lead trad climbing with some other useful climbing techniques and tips thrown in. He was very patient and was by my side the entire route while leading, answering questions and suggesting places to place gear. Look forward to the next adventure. Thanks Steve.Chris H5/21/2019
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.Paul Duxbury8/18/2014
If you want cracking day/days out then Steve is your man.His understanding and knowledge of the mountains is second to none and is always keen to teach many different aspects.The tick list is there to do but Steve will introduce you to something “off piste”and take you on that new journey!I’ll be back for more that’s for sure, testament to his great work.Marc Robertson5/10/2020
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 ScotlandJohn Adams6/15/2015
Had a great time, over two days! Very professional and very educational, truly makes me want to come back in the future.Victor Jungnell10/05/2019
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.Ian Preece6/22/2015
Well what can I say, everything it says on the tin and more!!!!Two days with Steve on the top 6 Cuillins in really good weather. Ive had UK guides in the past, climbed with guides in South America, Asia, Africa etc but I must admit this one to one with Synergy was the best Ive experienced. Steve has the ability to quickly pick up your strenghts and weaknesses and then suggest the best routes which were just right to push the envelope without being over demanding or super scary. His knowledge of all things Skye was just vast which led to some stimulating and informative conversation from the local geology to how fast you can get between them all!!I would highly recommend to anybody with what ever experience they may or may not have!!David Welch5/04/2021
I booked Steve to guide me on some walking / scrambling in the Cuillins and couldn't have asked for a better guide. I would thoroughly recommend him from anything for an introduction to scrambling to completion of the full Cuillin Traverse. He is extremely competent, very experienced and great company. An awesome couple of days 🙂Frances C5/28/2016
So far, had 1 superb day out winter climbing on Ben Nevis with Steve as subsequent days were postponed due to poor weather / conditions - he's been very flexible and accomodating. Steve is very strong, highly skilled and very good at looking after clients. Highly recommended.Malcolm Smith6/23/2020
Cuillin Ridge Traverse
No other ridge in the United Kingdom offers more exposed and continuous scrambling than the Skye Cuillin Ridge. Stretching over 12km in length and demanding 3500m+ of ascent, it deserves a title as one of the best Alpine ridgelines in Europe. Linking all the summits along its jaggy crest in one push should not be underestimated; the rock is loose and incredibly exposed in places but in the company of our experienced Cuillin Ridge Guide we will help guide you through its intricacies and experience the best scrambling the Skye has to offer.
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Cuillin Ridge Guides
Each Skye Munro has its own challenges, from tricky route finding to technical climbing and scrambling. Often battered by stormy weather along with unpredictable slippery rocks a day on the Cuillin Ridge can be difficult to get right. Tough decisions on which mountain to climb on which any particular day has become part of our lives. By hiring a Cuillin Ridge Guide you can capitalise on your time spent on the island and make use of our knowledge and passion for the intricacies of the Cuillin.