Aspire to climb big picturesque mountain ridges leading to inaccessible pinnacles and summits? Or, develop your skills as a competent rock climber? Synergy Guides do not run an ‘off the shelf’ summer climbing course but we do embark on classic outings such as scrambling over the Aonach Eagach, Skye Cuillin Ridge preparation and rock climbing courses as well as providing private mountain guides.
Located in view of the UK’s highest mountain Ben Nevis, we pride ourselves on local knowledge, enthusiasm and a shared appetite for Summer Climbing be that rock climbing, scrambling or mountaineering.
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Our goal is to help you make the jump; whether you’re just starting out and want a beginners rock climbing course, need a rock climbing guide to climb Centurion on Ben Nevis, or want to become a competent leader ready to push themselves into the elusive ‘E’ grades.
All of our rock climbing and scrambling adventures happen on the West coast of Scotland. We don’t have a big team but we do have some of the best local instructors available to guide you on your next summer climbing adventure.
I’ve been waiting to go winter climbing on the Ben for three years. I live in Brighton and have a family so my trips north tend to be planned weeks in advance - irrespective of the weather.I was lucky to get a recommendation from another mountain guide to contact Steve. A gent, a scholar, a great climber and fantastic company.While I know I can climb ... on warm, south facing, picturesque Italian multi pitch routes I had never climbed in Scotland on a proper winters day.No messing, went for Gully Number 3 Buttress Direct III 4. Steve gave me the confidence - I knew I could do it.Six pitches and and piece of p***. The climbing didn’t scare me and nor did the exposure - in fact I loved it - the weather did. As I belayed Steve on the last pitch it started to hail/ spindrift. On my own, Steve 25m above me, out of sight and no verbal contact. My axes, rope and legs up to my thighs covered in deep fresh snow. Did I say I had to climb without my glasses; funnily enough I had perfect vision that day. Felt the 5 nudges in the rope, set off and stormed the last pitch.Can’t recommend Synergy and Steve enough. My best climbing day so far in 35 years. Looking forward to doing it all again; fingers crossed Green Gully next.Cheers fella!!!Chris Godfrey5/10/2020
A massive thank you to Steve. We had a great day on Skye doing the Lagan round and with the added bonus of completing my final Munros on the Cuillin. We'd planned this round with Steve, as it's a 'tricky trio' to say the least. Although the weather was making the going quite tricky, Steve guided us perfectly and kept us well within our comfort zones. We achieved all our goals with ease, despite the weather's best attempts. I have total confidence in recommending Steve as a guide and look forward to working with him again in the future. Thanks again.Chris Jepson8/07/2017
We had the most amazing three days on Skye with Steve. He is incredibly knowledgeable and really nice to spend time with. We highly recommend him.danny mitchell7/26/2021
I’ve been out with Steve Holmes quite a few times and would strongly recommend him as your guide. His sole aim is to give you a great day out. He is an excellent judge of where to go for the conditions, weather and your ability. On the hill, he is ever alert to your safety and also offers good coaching tips. He is such a good climber that I always feel he is completely on top of everything. Importantly, too, he is great company and full of enthusiasm, whatever the weather.
I am now in my early seventies, and prone to angina, so the qualities above are very important to me. Steve makes sure that associate guides working for Synergy meet the same standards. Through Synergy I’ve had wonderful days on winter routes at III to V in standard.David Wilson5/27/2020
This was my first adventure with Steve. He was absolutely amazing start to finish. I was mainly learning to lead trad climbing with some other useful climbing techniques and tips thrown in. He was very patient and was by my side the entire route while leading, answering questions and suggesting places to place gear. Look forward to the next adventure. Thanks Steve.Chris H5/21/2019
I have been out with Steve from synergy guides a few times now and there is a reason I keep going back. Steve's knowledge and experience means that you feel completely comfortable and safe for your entire journey. Steve is very patient and easy to get along with. Steve recently pushed me a little out my comfort zone which is exactly what I needed to grow and develop as a climber and I am definitely now feeling a lot more confident when it comes to trad climbing thanks to him. That being said there is never any pressure to do something you don't want to and Steve always takes the aspirations of the individuals/groups on board to ensure he provides you with the best experience possible and help you to reach your goals or just have fun!! I will definitely be using synergy guides again in the future.Beth Norman5/21/2019
Steve is a very experienced guy and made our weekend very memorable. I gained valuable training along the way even though the weather conditions were very challenging Steve made sure we got the training we went for. He is very patient and explains everything very well answering any question and making sure we understood anything explained to us. His knowledge in mountaineering is excellent and I felt very comfortable doing the different challenges he threw at us under his guidance over the weekend. I highly recommend Steve and look forward to using him myself in the future.Dave Campbell2/01/2016
Outstanding day on the Cuillin ridge with Tom, who was very professional, friendly and instructive. We could not have done anything close to the trip we did with Tom on our own! Learned a ton of new things and picked up some really good tips, including the "lazy mountaineer" concept of setting a slow, steady but continuous pace. The climbing gear provided was excellent and Tom's knowledge of the ridge was very good. Excellent comms through the whole booking process with Steve, who squeezed us in at short notice. We'll definitely be using Synergy Guides on our next trip to Skye.Alan Murray6/22/2021
We managed to get a last minute booking for a novice day learning to rock climb in Glen Nevis and what a day we had! After all the horrible weather we were lucky enough to have the sun shine on us and our guide Steve was exceptional, not only was he patient but we learned so much and have to say, I cannot wait to book another course with him in the near future. Highly recommended.Paul Duxbury8/18/2014
Had a brilliant day in Glencoe, was a great introduction to some proper rock climbing and would definitely come back again for more.Greg G8/10/2020
So far, had 1 superb day out winter climbing on Ben Nevis with Steve as subsequent days were postponed due to poor weather / conditions - he's been very flexible and accomodating. Steve is very strong, highly skilled and very good at looking after clients. Highly recommended.Malcolm Smith6/23/2020
Last year Steve Holmes skilfully guided me up the Inn Pinn. I was very apprehensive but found him to be a calm supportive professional who instilled in me lots of confidence. I had the most amazing day. This year I returned to Steve to scramble on Skye and do Am Bastair, Sgurr nan Gillian and Shurr nan Eag. Again, it was a fantastic weekend despite the weather.
I would highly recommend Steve for any outdoor adventure and will be returning for more challenges and fun in the future.Heather Beattie6/03/2015
A great day on the Aaonach Eagach with Rich. Expert guiding throughout-it made what could be intimidating ridge a great fun day out. Thanks!Stephen H7/12/2016
Utterly exciting, memorable, safe and faultless three days with Tom from Synergy Guides among the Black Cuillin on Skye. Also a great company to deal with for quick, clear, concise and friendly exchange of information.Christopher Anderson5/20/2021
Totally rad couple of days with Steve and Dave.... climbed Ben Nevis via Tower Ridge route, and the In Pin in Skye... we had various levels of climbing ability in our team, and Steve made us all feel very 'at home' on the mountain. Keen to up the game with Synergy, and hit some bigger peaks! Send it!Dave Turner9/19/2019
Want to scramble over the longest ridge in Glencoe? The Aonach Eagach is one of, if not the best ridge scramble in mainland Britain. Lining the Northern side of the main road in Glencoe this ridge really is a beautiful route and should be high on the list of any visiting climber or hill walker.
No summer climbing experience is necessary but a good head for heights and an above-average level of mountain fitness will allow participants to enjoy this fine grade 2 scramble.
Scrambling Course Scotland
This scrambling course will teach you how to become a more independent mountaineer. The content is entirely bespoke meaning we can make the course fit your next summer climbing adventure. That might be a Cuillin Ridge Traverse, an ascent of Tower Ridge or your first trip to Chamonix and the European Alps.
We can cover many aspects including how to scramble with a rope, what equipment to take for a grade I scramble and how to find a route using a guidebook. Alpinists will make use of crevasse rescue training, advanced rope techniques such as moving together, bivi skills and glacier travel.
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