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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  • 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 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

    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
  • 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

    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

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

    Scott Punton Avatar
    Scott Punton
    9/02/2020

    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’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
  • 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

    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

    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
  • 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

    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

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

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    edwardo
    5/19/2021
  • 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
    5/10/2020

    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

    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
  • Utterly exciting, memorable, safe and faultless three days with Tom from Synergy Guides among the Black Cuillin on Skye. Also... read more

    Christopher Anderson Avatar
    Christopher Anderson
    5/20/2021

    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

    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
  • 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

    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

    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
  • 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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    onlyhereforthebanter
    8/20/2020

    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

    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
  • 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

    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
  • 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

    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

    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
  • 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

    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

    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
  • 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
    6/10/2020

    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

    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
  • What a great day out this was in the company of a really good guide, From the initial booking to... read more

    Barry M Avatar
    Barry M
    7/12/2016

    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

    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
  • 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

    The perfect guide 🙂

    Hero Douglas Avatar
    Hero Douglas
    5/10/2020

    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
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