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 your experienced mountain guide, 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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  • 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

    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

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

    Adam Avatar
    Adam
    1/31/2020
  • 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 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

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    Leanne Fairweather
    6/21/2019
  • 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

    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

    So far, had 1 superb day out winter climbing on Ben Nevis with Steve as subsequent days were postponed due... read more

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    Malcolm Smith
    6/23/2020
  • 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

    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

    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
  • have worked with a number of guides in the area and Dave was definitely one of the best. He assessed... read more

    Andy Avatar
    Andy
    6/01/2017

    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 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
  • 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

    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 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
  • 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

    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

    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 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

    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

    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
  • 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

    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

    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
  • 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

    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
    10/18/2019

    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
  • 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

    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 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
  • 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

    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

    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
  • 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

    Absolutely fantastic experience climbing with Synergy in Glen Coe for 3 days. Really well planned and executed by our brilliant... read more

    Rory Calderwood Avatar
    Rory Calderwood
    3/01/2020

    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
  • 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

    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

    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
  • 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
    5/21/2019

    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

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

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    Neil Sandilands
    4/21/2019
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