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. A high level of fitness will allow you to enjoy the endless amount of scrambling and rock climbing the Skye Cuillin Ridge 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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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.Neil Sandilands4/21/2019
Expedition to Nepal I thought the whole pre-expedition planning was excellent. The food was better than expected and none of us got any kind of stomach bug or illness much to the credit of the in-country staff. The whole Expedition was extremely well organised from start to finish, it went way beyond my expectations.Emma Law11/10/2011
Steve took us up Inn Pinn in Skye last week. Even though it's more technical than we are used to and I am scared of heights, he made us feel at ease. He seems very knowledgable and was good company on the long walk.Stuart Flannigan6/21/2019
Our guide Dave was fantastic. From the minute we met he was full of energy and enthusiasm whilst at the same time making sure that we were aware of the risks of the walks and that he would be constantly assessing us and the weather.
We did the walk & scramble which for me was a big stretch and Dave was just brilliant with his enthusiasm and constant alertness for our safety.
Cannot recommend him highly enough if you are walking in Glencoe.Mark Pritchard6/01/2017
Steve was recommended to me by a fellow hillwalker who knew I was looking to finish the last of my scary Munros on Skye.
Although it was short notice Steve was able to fit me in and I'm so glad that he did.
I met him at the Slig and was greeted with a huge beaming smile and a warm handshake. On the journey to the start, Steve reassured me that the route that we would take would be the most straightforward and safest and hopefully the most enjoyable for me.
On the ascent to the ridge and the dreaded An Stac screes, Steve constantly we went at my rather moderate pace. So once on a climb I was never out of breath or suffering from sweaty back syndrome. We had a couple of pitstops along the way and plenty of opportunities to look back at views when we got them.
The scary part of the climb up to the summit was made extremely safe because Steve used short roping and lots of encouragement to get me there. No I'm sure he has reached hundreds of summits but he made me feel as if I had done something very special and unique. I was so pleased with myself.
The descent was a reverse of our ascent route and it reassuring to spot familiar bits of rock and knowing what obstacles were to be overcome. By keeping my rope tight I was able to downclimb/ bumshuffle my way to safety. All too soon our day was over- I never thought I was say that about a dreich day on the Cuillin!
I would wholeheartedly recommend Steve to anyone, no matter what your abilities are. What he does in a very subtle way is encourage you, he breaks down the climb into stages so that you are aware that you are making progress and most importantly he gives you confidence and at no point do you feel that you are being a pathetic wimp!Pauline Henderson6/30/2016
Himalaya with Steve Travelling to the Himalaya with Steve was a truly awesome adventure that met and exceeded my expectations. Not only was the trip amazing but I feel I have made some really good friends as well as opening my eyes up to new activities I will be frequenting more in the future –Paul Thouroughgood11/07/2019
Trekking in Nepal The trek to Lunag Base Camp in a remote corner of the Khumbu set new aspirations for me. I would do it again in a heartbeat; this is the stuff I live for! Thank you for keeping us safe and to the mountains and limitless adventure.Christina D11/01/2011
We had a fantastic day out with Steve. My husband and I are both beginners and wanted a route that was challenging but enjoyable. Steve chose a fantastic route (curved ridge) which suited our ability and he taught us lots along the way. We 100% recommend Steve!Eleanor Ingman9/21/2019
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
We had a fantastic day out with Steve. My husband and I are both beginners and wanted a route that was challenging but enjoyable. Steve chose a fantastic route (curved ridge) which suited our ability and he taught us lots along the way.
We 100% recommend Steve!Eleanor Ingman9/10/2019
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
Booked the Cuillin Ridge traverse with synergy guides end of May 2019, this was booked late however we were pleased Steve managed to organise this for us. Our guide, Ben, was very professional and competent, he made us feel safe at all times and was very knowledgeable. All in all a cracking coupe of days! Highly recommended !Leanne Fairweather6/21/2019
Just had an amazing few days scrambling on Am Basteir, Sgurr nan Gillean and Sgurr nan Eag with Steve. If you want fun and adventure with a professional, caring and confidence installing guide then Steve is your man only thing to let you down will be the weather and Steve even managed to smile his way through that.Robert Vice6/11/2015
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!Colette Hinckley10/18/2019
Just back from two days as one of 3 beginners with Steve from Synergy Guides going over basic winter mountaineering skills including completing winter routes on Stob Coire Nan Lochan and Ben Nevis. It was an amazingly fun and informative weekend that I'll not forget and I've walked away feeling confident that I could tackle more winter routes and continue to improve on the skills we developed over the last two days.Steve is incredibly knowledgeable, enthusiastic and also patient. He struck a perfect balance of teaching and challenge/excitement for a group of almost novices. Each route felt considered and safe and his directions were always clear and easily understood. I would definitely use Synergy again!Catherine McCutcheon4/21/2019
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 Cuillin Ridge 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 Skye 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 Skye Cuillin Ridge.