Synergy is the creation of a whole that is greater than the simple sum of its parts.


Our Goal

Here at Synergy Guides, our goal is to deliver a memorable and rewarding adventure in the mountains.

By working together with our friendly and professional team we will help you create a tailored mountain challenge; we do this by listening to your ambitions and encouraging you to follow your dreams. This allows us to build our mountain guiding and instruction around you whether that be scaling Skye’s formidable Inaccessible Pinnacle, trekking through the high Himalaya or climbing a famous Scottish ice route such as Point Five Gully. 

Why Us

All of our climbing instructors are professionally trained Mountaineering Instructors or British Mountain Guides. We know each one of our compact team personally. They are all active and enthusiastic; some say obsessive, about their own climbing and so, can guarantee their commitment to providing you with the quality of instruction you deserve. 

We don’t run an off the shelf mountaineering course, nor do we promote inflexible mountain guiding. What we are trying to achieve is a personal approach where we build our service around you. 

Who Are Synergy Guides?

Steve Holmes MIC Fort William
Steve Holmes MIC

Steve Holmes owns Synergy Guides; a new and modern mountaineering company based in Fort William. He was introduced to climbing whilst serving as a Royal Marine Commando. It was during this time he progressed from confident hill walker to passionate climber. 

His work within the armed forces and private security industry allowed for extensive world travel which in turn planted the seed to continue his explorations as a civilian only with climbing as the driving force behind it. This has led to taking part in numerous expeditions to the Himalaya, Africa and Indonesia as well as spending a considerable amount of time climbing in European Alpine regions.

Winter is Steve’s favourite time of year and he loves seeing our customers getting the full ‘Scottish experience’ in snow, rain or shine.

In his personal time, he enjoys developing new rock climbs in Scotland and trying to tick an ever increasing list of winter routes on Ben Nevis. He has a love of trail running and lives locally with his wife Jane and Husky dog – Goose.

Synergy Guides Team

Synergy Guides don’t have a large team of staff, but what we do have is a select number of top-class friendly instructors and guides available to work for us as subcontractors. Their aim is to make the most of each day and the prevailing conditions, their goal is to fulfil our guarantee of providing a memorable and valuable experience for our customers.

From the Highlands of Scotland to the remote mountains of the Himalaya, join Synergy Guides – together the adventure starts here.

Steve Holmes MIC mountain guide Fort William


Winter Climbing & Mountaineering

Come Scottish winter climbing with Synergy Guides. We have qualified, local instructors available to meet every level of ability or aspiration, jump in to see what we can do for you.


Summer Climbing & Mountaineering

Come rock climbing with Synergy Guides. We have qualified, local instructors available to meet every level of ability and aspiration, jump in to see what we can do for you.


World Wide Adventurous Expeditions

Come on an Expedition with Synergy Guides. We have qualified, local guides and instructors leading you on exciting and exploratory overseas expeditions. Jump in to see what we can do for you.