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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  • Had an absolutely incredible time climbing Tower Ridge with Synergy Guides. Steve is an extremely knowledgeable guide and a truly... read more

    Brandon Rose Avatar
    Brandon Rose
    9/22/2019

    We had a great day with Steve of Synergy Guides scrambling on Sgurr Mhic Choinnich and then climbing the In... read more

    Alison Aldred Avatar
    Alison Aldred
    9/22/2020

    Me and my dad had an incredible day climbing tower ridge with Steve. Although my dad was a bit nervous... read more

    onlyhereforthebanter Avatar
    onlyhereforthebanter
    8/20/2020
  • 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

    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

    I have done a couple of trips with Steve now. Last year was a weeks scrambling in Glen Coe culminating... read more

    Ian Preece Avatar
    Ian Preece
    6/22/2015
  • Have achieved several bucket-list adventures booking with Steve and hope to continue doing so for more. Privileged to have great... read more

    John McKay Avatar
    John McKay
    10/26/2019

    Another great trip with Steve from Synergy Guides. The weekend was tailored to suit our ambitions of getting some Skye... read more

    Jenny Henderson Avatar
    Jenny Henderson
    6/01/2016

    Our guide Dave was fantastic. From the minute we met he was full of energy and enthusiasm whilst at the... read more

    Mark Pritchard Avatar
    Mark Pritchard
    6/01/2017
  • I have been out with Steve from synergy guides a few times now and there is a reason I keep... read more

    Beth Norman Avatar
    Beth Norman
    5/21/2019

    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

    Casper, one of Synergy's guides, took me along the Cuillin Ridge traverse. He was excellent and if anyone is looking... read more

    Guy Cohen Avatar
    Guy Cohen
    8/24/2020
  • I spent two fantastic days with Steve and enjoyed every minute. The weather wasn’t on our side but Steve made... read more

    Karl Henshaw Avatar
    Karl Henshaw
    2/01/2020

    I attended the winter skills weekend in the Cairngorm with fellow members of my group. Steve was simply fabulous. He... read more

    Heather Nicoll Avatar
    Heather Nicoll
    1/19/2016

    Booked the Cuillin Ridge traverse with synergy guides end of May 2019, this was booked late however we were pleased... read more

    Leanne Fairweather Avatar
    Leanne Fairweather
    6/21/2019
  • Expedition to Nepal I thought the whole pre-expedition planning was excellent. The food was better than expected and none of us got any... read more

    Emma Law Avatar
    Emma Law
    11/10/2011

    Steve was incredibly knowledgeable and knew just how far to push us within safe limits. We had two wonderful days... read more

    Jacob Avatar
    Jacob
    12/22/2019

    Steve Holmes of Synergy Guides is quite a bit more than just your average mountain guide. We had had... read more

    Finn Millard Avatar
    Finn Millard
    3/26/2020
  • Synergy guides guided my friends and I up Sgurr Dearg to climb the Inaccessible Pinnacle and were absolutely fantastic. Steve... read more

    Grace OKeeffe Avatar
    Grace OKeeffe
    8/07/2020

    Another amazing day with Steve Holmes & Synergy guides.With the weather forecast not looking good we changed our plans having... read more

    Kathryn Gaffney Avatar
    Kathryn Gaffney
    6/21/2019

    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
  • 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

    Just used Steve from Synergy Guides to complete a winter route on Ben Nevis. We climbed No.3 Gully Buttress Direct,... read more

    David Campbell Avatar
    David Campbell
    4/21/2019

    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
  • 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

    I had a couple of days of private guiding last week with Steve from Synergy Guides. Ice climbing conditions were... read more

    Neil Sandilands Avatar
    Neil Sandilands
    4/21/2019

    We had a cracking experience with Synergy Guides in the Cuillins in September 2020. Great and detailed communication in advance... read more

    Jamie Wood Avatar
    Jamie Wood
    10/13/2020
  • 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
    5/05/2020

    A massive thank you to Steve. We had a great day on Skye doing the Lagan round and with the... read more

    Chris Jepson Avatar
    Chris Jepson
    8/07/2017

    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
  • 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

    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

    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
  • Had an absolutely incredible time climbing Tower Ridge with Synergy Guides. Steve is an extremely knowledgeable guide and a truly... read more

    Brandon Rose Avatar
    Brandon Rose
    9/22/2019

    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

    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
    9/21/2019
  • 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

    Steve offers a very friendly and professional service. Scottish winters are notoriously fickle but Steve is flexible enough to identify... read more

    Paul Bartlett Avatar
    Paul Bartlett
    3/27/2020

    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
  • 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 just returned from 3 days performance climbing with Synergy Guides and the experience was just sensational. The guides... read more

    Nicholas Gasson Avatar
    Nicholas Gasson
    2/21/2019

    I booked Steve to climb Ben Nevis by the Tower Ridge route & what a day!
    I have never been challenged...
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    Marie Skinner Avatar
    Marie Skinner
    5/24/2015
  • Great day out I have met Steve a few times for instruction courses in mountaineering. I am always impressed with his calm and... read more

    Colin Avatar
    Colin
    5/27/2015

    Steve was recommended to me by a fellow hillwalker who knew I was looking to finish the last of my... read more

    Pauline Henderson Avatar
    Pauline Henderson
    6/30/2016

    WOW!What a phenomenal experience and adventure with Steve.My cousin booked up with Synergy Guides for myself, him and a friend.... read more

    Scott Jeffrey Avatar
    Scott Jeffrey
    9/21/2019
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