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


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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  • 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

    Booked with Synergy Guides again, we’ve been using Steve Holmes for 3 years now and highly recommend him. This year... read more

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    Leanne Fairweather

    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
  • 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

    The perfect guide 🙂

    Hero Douglas Avatar
    Hero Douglas

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

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    Paul Duxbury

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

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    Frances C

    Steve Holmes was our guide (3 hill climbers/munroists) for our attempt to summit the inaccessible pinnacle on Sgur Dearg Isle... read more

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    Martin Renfrew
  • Excellent guide (Tom) highly recommend them imparted lots of mountain techniques & knowledge. Extremely knowledgeable in the Cuillin helped me... read more

    edwardo Avatar

    Well what can I say, everything it says on the tin and more!!!!Two days with Steve on the top 6... read more

    David Welch Avatar
    David Welch

    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
  • 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

    We booked in for a Cuillin traverse. Steve talked us through the expedition, what we'd need, and was sure to... read more

    Peter Vickers Avatar
    Peter Vickers

    Initially we booked Steve for a friend's 40th to do a climb in Skye. We enjoyed the experience so much... read more

    Mark Scott Avatar
    Mark Scott
  • 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

    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

    Great experience with Steve & Ian doing Sgurr a' Ghreadaidh. They were very patient with us in testing conditions. Would... read more

  • 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

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

    Sonja Steinke Avatar
    Sonja Steinke

    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
  • 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

    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

    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
  • Outstanding day on the Cuillin ridge with Tom, who was very professional, friendly and instructive. We could not have done... read more

    Alan Murray Avatar
    Alan Murray

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

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    Ian Preece

    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
  • 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

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

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    Katie Mullen

    We had a wonderful day out with Synergy Guides! Steve was a fantastic guide, and ensured we had a great... read more

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

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    danny mitchell

    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

    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
  • Booked 2 days to traverse the Cuillin ridge. Iain was spot on with his plans and is also just an... read more

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    Scott Punton

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

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    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
  • 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

    Did the Innaccessible Pinnacle and Sgurr Na Banachdaich yesterday with Steve and Casper. We had an amazing day for it,... read more

    Debbie Ekins Avatar
    Debbie Ekins

    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
  • 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

    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

    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
  • 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

    This was my first adventure with Steve. He was absolutely amazing start to finish. I was mainly learning to lead... read more

    Chris H Avatar
    Chris H

    I have been out with Steve from synergy guides a few times now and there is a reason I keep... read more

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    Beth Norman
Mountain Guides Scotland