SYNERGY GUIDES - MOUNTAINEERING INSTRUCTORS & MOUNTAIN GUIDES SCOTLAND

From the Highlands of Scotland to the remote mountains of the Himalaya, together with Synergy Guides – your adventure starts here.

DARE TO EXPERIENCE ADVENTURE

Here at Synergy Guides, our goal is to deliver a memorable and rewarding adventure in the mountains and to fulfil our guarantee of providing a valuable experience for our customers. Our aim is to make the most of each day and the prevailing conditions to give our participants an experience to remember.

By working together with our experienced team, Synergy Guides will help you create a tailored training course or adventure. This allows us to build our service around you, offering any amount of days over any time period.

All our climbing instructors and mountain guides hold the highest qualifications in the UK, all of them are either qualified Mountaineering Instructors or British Mountain Guides. Highly experienced, we specialise in Winter Climbing, the Cuillin Ridge and Summer Climbing. We are also one of the few British companies to offer Himalayan Expeditions to unclimbed peaks in Nepal and for a few weeks each year, we run mountaineering and climbing courses in the Costa Blanca region of Spain.

Synergy Guides are all active and enthusiastic; some say obsessive, about the outdoors. Amongst our compact team, we have connoisseurs of classic rock climbing, strong winter climbers and mountaineers as well as competitive mountain and fell runners. By joining us for your adventures you can be sure you will be instructed by friendly passionate people who want to be part of YOUR experience.

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  • Over the years I've had the pleasure of Steve's guidance covering most areas in the Highlands. Starting from basic scrambling,... read more

    Joanne C Avatar
    Joanne C
    3/09/2015

    Just had an amazing few days scrambling on Am Basteir, Sgurr nan Gillean and Sgurr nan Eag with Steve. If... read more

    Robert Vice Avatar
    Robert Vice
    6/11/2015

    We had a fantastic day on Skye! Steve was so helpful and everything was so well organised - we felt... read more

    Heli Johnston Avatar
    Heli Johnston
    5/31/2021
  • Had an absolutely incredible time climbing Tower Ridge with Synergy Guides. Steve is an extremely knowledgeable guide and a truly... read more

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    Brandon Rose
    9/22/2019

    Totally rad couple of days with Steve and Dave.... climbed Ben Nevis via Tower Ridge route, and the In Pin... read more

    Dave Turner Avatar
    Dave Turner
    9/19/2019

    The perfect guide 🙂

    Hero Douglas Avatar
    Hero Douglas
    5/10/2020
  • Had a great time, over two days! Very professional and very educational, truly makes me want to come back in... read more

    Victor Jungnell Avatar
    Victor Jungnell
    10/05/2019

    Himalaya with Steve Travelling to the Himalaya with Steve was a truly awesome adventure that met and exceeded my expectations. Not only was... read more

    Paul Thouroughgood Avatar
    Paul Thouroughgood
    11/07/2019

    I’ve been waiting to go winter climbing on the Ben for three years. I live in Brighton and have a... read more

    Chris Godfrey Avatar
    Chris Godfrey
    5/10/2020
  • Just had a totally brilliant climbing weekend with Steve from Synergy Guides. Steve is really easy to get along... read more

    John Adams Avatar
    John Adams
    5/21/2019

    I’ve been out with Steve Holmes quite a few times and would strongly recommend him as your guide. His sole... read more

    David Wilson Avatar
    David Wilson
    5/27/2020

    Just back from two days as one of 3 beginners with Steve from Synergy Guides going over basic winter mountaineering... read more

    Catherine McCutcheon Avatar
    Catherine McCutcheon
    4/21/2019
  • Trekking in Nepal The trek to Lunag Base Camp in a remote corner of the Khumbu set new aspirations for me. I would... read more

    Christina D Avatar
    Christina D
    11/01/2011

    If you want cracking day/days out then Steve is your man.His understanding and knowledge of the mountains is second to... read more

    Marc Robertson Avatar
    Marc Robertson
    5/10/2020

    WOW, what a trip!!! I've had a couple of days to reflect on what was a fantastic weekend of winter... read more

    Valentina .Griffin Avatar
    Valentina .Griffin
    5/10/2020
  • Great experience with Steve & Ian doing Sgurr a' Ghreadaidh. They were very patient with us in testing conditions. Would... read more

    WILLIAM MCDONALD Avatar
    WILLIAM MCDONALD
    9/10/2020

    I had a really good day despite the poor weather. We made it up the inaccessible pinnacle and had time... read more

    Craig Campbell Avatar
    Craig Campbell
    8/02/2020

    Yesterday 6 of us tackled the Inn Pinn on Skye with Steve and Casper from Synergy guides. They were totally... read more

    Katie Mullen Avatar
    Katie Mullen
    8/10/2020
  • A great day on the Aaonach Eagach with Rich. Expert guiding throughout-it made what could be intimidating ridge a great... read more

    Stephen H Avatar
    Stephen H
    7/12/2016

    Brilliant few days with Synergy Guides! Booked 2 days to try and tackle some of the harder Cuillins during my... read more

    Emma McCahill Avatar
    Emma McCahill
    8/30/2020

    What a great weekend with a great instructor. Thanks Steve! Steve went out of his way to accommodate everyone in... read more

    Jenny Henderson Avatar
    Jenny Henderson
    1/19/2016
  • Last year Steve Holmes skilfully guided me up the Inn Pinn. I was very apprehensive but found him to be... read more

    Heather Beattie Avatar
    Heather Beattie
    6/03/2015

    Expedition to Nepal I thought the whole pre-expedition planning was excellent. The food was better than expected and none of us got any... read more

    Emma Law Avatar
    Emma Law
    11/10/2011

    I booked Steve to guide me on some walking / scrambling in the Cuillins and couldn't have asked for a... read more

    Frances C Avatar
    Frances C
    5/28/2016
  • Just had 3 days in the Cuillin with Steve Holmes.Absolutely professional from first contact and throughout the 3 days. He... read more

    Steve Bicknell Avatar
    Steve Bicknell
    9/17/2021

    We had the most amazing three days on Skye with Steve. He is incredibly knowledgeable and really nice to... read more

    danny mitchell Avatar
    danny mitchell
    7/26/2021

    Steve took us up Inn Pinn in Skye last week. Even though it's more technical than we are used to... read more

    Stuart Flannigan Avatar
    Stuart Flannigan
    6/21/2019
  • Really couldn't have hoped for a better experience and Tom was a complete legend. Feel very lucky to have had... read more

    Gregor MacKinnon Avatar
    Gregor MacKinnon
    6/09/2021

    Just one week before we started our trip to Scotland (my wife, our 17 years old son and myself) I... read more

    Jens Avatar
    Jens
    8/20/2016

    WOW, what a trip!!! I've had a couple of days to reflect on what was a fantastic weekend of winter... read more

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    Val's life official
    1/31/2020
  • Had a fantastic 2 days climbing with Steve. I chose to keep my booking despite the poor weather and didn’t... read more

    Damo G Avatar
    Damo G
    12/12/2019

    Highly recommended. Five days being guided through the Cuillin Hills, safe and secure at all times. A great experience.

    Sonja Steinke Avatar
    Sonja Steinke
    8/04/2020

    Steve is a very experienced guy and made our weekend very memorable. I gained valuable training along the way even... read more

    Dave Campbell Avatar
    Dave Campbell
    2/01/2016
  • So far, had 1 superb day out winter climbing on Ben Nevis with Steve as subsequent days were postponed due... read more

    Malcolm Smith Avatar
    Malcolm Smith
    6/23/2020

    We were fortunate enough to have Steve take my novice family of four (mum, dad, boys 9 &13) out for... read more

    Joanne Connolly Avatar
    Joanne Connolly
    7/25/2021

    Had an amazing time bagging the Innaccessible Pinnacle and Sgurr Na Banachdaich a couple of weeks ago with Steve and... read more

    Jamie Christie Avatar
    Jamie Christie
    8/20/2020
  • Had a brilliant day in Glencoe, was a great introduction to some proper rock climbing and would definitely come back... read more

    Greg G Avatar
    Greg G
    8/10/2020

    We completed the Cuillins with Steve, and had an amazing time. He is a great friendly guide, and knows... read more

    Clare Dickson Avatar
    Clare Dickson
    8/17/2020

    As a keen hiker and scrambler, the Cuillin Ridge traverse presented an irresistible challenge for me but one which could... read more

    Tony Spencer Avatar
    Tony Spencer
    9/01/2020
  • What an epic day! Casper (our guide for the day) was brilliant! Very knowledgeable and full of local mountain info.... read more

    Larry Mann Avatar
    Larry Mann
    9/10/2020

    We had a fantastic day out with Steve. My husband and I are both beginners and wanted a route that... read more

    Eleanor Ingman Avatar
    Eleanor Ingman
    9/10/2019

    Spent 3 days in the Cullins with Andy from Synergy Guides, awesome time and was certainly put through my paces.... read more

    Gordon Murphy Avatar
    Gordon Murphy
    10/10/2020
  • l cannot recommend Steve, from Synergy guides highly enough. It was with Steve’s vast experience of Skye that I realised... read more

    Anne Cilia Avatar
    Anne Cilia
    5/10/2020

    I’ve been waiting to go winter climbing on the Ben for three years. I live in Brighton and have a... read more

    Chris Godfrey Avatar
    Chris Godfrey
    2/05/2020

    We managed to get a last minute booking for a novice day learning to rock climb in Glen Nevis and... read more

    Paul Duxbury Avatar
    Paul Duxbury
    8/18/2014
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