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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  • 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

    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

    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
  • 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

    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 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
  • 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

    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

    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
  • 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

    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

    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
  • 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

    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

    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 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

    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

    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
  • 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

    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
    8/30/2020

    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
  • 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

    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

    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
  • 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

    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

    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
  • 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

    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

    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
  • 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

    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

    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
  • 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

    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 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
  • 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

    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

    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 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

    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

    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
  • 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

    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

    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
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