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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  • 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

    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

    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 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

    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

    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 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

    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

    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
  • 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

    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

    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
  • 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

    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

    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
  • 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

    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

    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 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

    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

    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
  • 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’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

    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
  • 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

    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

    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
  • 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

    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

    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
  • 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 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

    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
  • 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

    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
  • 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

    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

    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
  • 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 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

    Leanne Fairweather Avatar
    Leanne Fairweather
    6/21/2019
  • 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

    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

    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
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