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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  • 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

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

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    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
  • 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

    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

    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
  • 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

    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

    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
  • 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

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

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    Heather Nicoll
    1/19/2016
  • 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

    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

    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
  • 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

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

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    David Campbell
    4/21/2019

    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 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

    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

    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
  • 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

    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
    8/15/2020
  • 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

    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

    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
  • Simply Outstanding In short, Steve has taken me from being a keen hill walker to leading Graded scrambles and climbs and doing... read more

    John Adams Avatar
    John Adams
    6/15/2015

    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

    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
  • 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

    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

    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
  • 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

    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

    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

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    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
    5/05/2020

    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

    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
  • 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

    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

    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
  • 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

    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

    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
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