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, Alpine 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 with local knowledge, enthusiasm and a shared appetite for Summer Climbing be that rock climbing, scrambling or mountaineering.
DARE TO EXPERIENCE ADVENTURE
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.
We had a wonderful day out with Synergy Guides! Steve was a fantastic guide, and ensured we had a great climb up Tower Ridge. He was knowledgable, kind, thoughtful, and cared a lot about our experience. We couldn't have asked for more. Highly recommend!Colette Hinckley10/18/2019
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
I attended the winter skills weekend in the Cairngorm with fellow members of my group. Steve was simply fabulous. He was very attentative, friendly and explained everything in an understanding way that I never felt unsure of what was being asked of me. I felt safe and secure under his leading skills. This weekend was also so much fun even in the challenging winter conditions that faced us.Heather Nicoll1/19/2016
Just used Steve from Synergy Guides to complete a winter route on Ben Nevis. We climbed No.3 Gully Buttress Direct, was a fantastic experience and one I'll remember forever.I have used Steve as a guide before on a few occasions now and his knowledge is second to none. He is very professional, enthusiastic climber and knows how to give you a memorable outing. Everything is planned out very well, directions on the climb are clear and easily understood. Awesome experience and will definitely use Synergy again.........already booked another climb in June!David Campbell4/21/2019
We had a great day with Steve of Synergy Guides scrambling on Sgurr Mhic Choinnich and then climbing the In Pinn on Sgurr Dearg. Having done most of the Munros I was getting anxious about how I was going to tackle these 2 peaks. Steve made it all possible. He struck the perfect balance between letting us do what we were able to and guiding where necessary. His confidence and capabilities just seem to get transferred to us. Once we had started up the mountain all apprehension seemed to disappear. Steve clearly loves being in the mountains and was good company throughout the day.Alison Aldred9/22/2020
Another amazing day with Steve Holmes & Synergy guides.With the weather forecast not looking good we changed our plans having originally hoped to head to Skye. But Glencoe looked better & in fact was the correct decision as although showery we had some views & even glimpses of the sun at the end of the day.We scrambled up Sron Na Lairig onto Stob Coire Sgreamhach then onto Bidean nam Bian finishing on the top Stob Coire nan Lochan. Steve Holmes was fantastic - really knowledgable, great company, and very reassuring. He even produced a ‘cake’ at the top to celebrate my 13 year old daughters 50th Munro. I can highly recommend Synergy Guides - this was my 4th outing for myself & my daughter with Steve & have already booked again for September.Kathryn Gaffney6/21/2019
I booked Steve to guide me on some walking / scrambling in the Cuillins and couldn't have asked for a better guide. I would thoroughly recommend him from anything for an introduction to scrambling to completion of the full Cuillin Traverse. He is extremely competent, very experienced and great company. An awesome couple of days 🙂Frances C5/28/2016
Highly recommended. Five days being guided through the Cuillin Hills, safe and secure at all times. A great experience.Sonja Steinke8/04/2020
Synergy guides guided my friends and I up Sgurr Dearg to climb the Inaccessible Pinnacle and were absolutely fantastic. Steve and Casper were so relaxed with us all and really helped us enjoy our day out. They explained all parts of what we needed to do and I felt safe the whole time on the trip without ever feeling worried, as they were so encouraging and reassuring. Highly recommend and will definitely use again for the other Munros I still need to tackle in Skye!Grace OKeeffe8/07/2020
Steve offers a very friendly and professional service. Scottish winters are notoriously fickle but Steve is flexible enough to identify routes which can challenge your skills and aspirations. He has bags of experience which he is happy to share with you so outings with him are always instructional as well as fun. I've climbed with a few guides and Steve is certainly one of the best.Paul Bartlett3/27/2020
What a great day out this was in the company of a really good guide, From the initial booking to coming off the mountain at the end of the day, everything went so well. Highly recommendedBarry M7/12/2016
Booked 2 days to traverse the Cuillin ridge. Iain was spot on with his plans and is also just an all round good guy to climb with. We managed to get round in the two days despite the weather throwing a few curve balls. All in all a really good two days and will definitely use them in future.Scott Punton9/02/2020
Just one week before we started our trip to Scotland (my wife, our 17 years old son and myself) I tried to get some guides for scrambling / climbing tours on Skye and around Ben Nevis by writing emails. Steve answered nearly immediately with recommendations and possibilities for us (having described our experience so far - climbing yes, scrambling no). That was the first positive point with Steve: extremely easy to communicate - anwers always on the same day giving the needed information etc. So booking procedure & communication before and after to organise the trips: excellent! Trips: for the first day we booked the InPin (Inaccessible Pinaccle Cuillin). At the end of a wonderful day we were able to do An Stac, the Inn Pinn, Sgurr na Banachdaich and Sgurr a’ Ghreadaidh there. That was our first scrambling adventure and it was really a great day with Steve. We always felt very safe enjoying his competence, tranquility and joy. It was a wonderful full day of adventure, effort, and fun, so we wanted more scrambling! Being around Ben Nevis (Ballachulish) on the following week we did the Tower Ridge with Rich and we just can say the same again: brilliant communication before for the organisation of the trip, feeling very safe with the competence and tranquility of Rich, having a lot of fun as a group together with Rich and: yes, the Tower Ridge is a great adventure!Jens8/20/2016
We had a fantastic day out with Steve. My husband and I are both beginners and wanted a route that was challenging but enjoyable. Steve chose a fantastic route (curved ridge) which suited our ability and he taught us lots along the way. We 100% recommend Steve!Eleanor Ingman9/21/2019
Steve was recommended to me by a fellow hillwalker who knew I was looking to finish the last of my scary Munros on Skye.
Although it was short notice Steve was able to fit me in and I'm so glad that he did.
I met him at the Slig and was greeted with a huge beaming smile and a warm handshake. On the journey to the start, Steve reassured me that the route that we would take would be the most straightforward and safest and hopefully the most enjoyable for me.
On the ascent to the ridge and the dreaded An Stac screes, Steve constantly we went at my rather moderate pace. So once on a climb I was never out of breath or suffering from sweaty back syndrome. We had a couple of pitstops along the way and plenty of opportunities to look back at views when we got them.
The scary part of the climb up to the summit was made extremely safe because Steve used short roping and lots of encouragement to get me there. No I'm sure he has reached hundreds of summits but he made me feel as if I had done something very special and unique. I was so pleased with myself.
The descent was a reverse of our ascent route and it reassuring to spot familiar bits of rock and knowing what obstacles were to be overcome. By keeping my rope tight I was able to downclimb/ bumshuffle my way to safety. All too soon our day was over- I never thought I was say that about a dreich day on the Cuillin!
I would wholeheartedly recommend Steve to anyone, no matter what your abilities are. What he does in a very subtle way is encourage you, he breaks down the climb into stages so that you are aware that you are making progress and most importantly he gives you confidence and at no point do you feel that you are being a pathetic wimp!Pauline Henderson6/30/2016
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.
Training for the Alps, an overseas expedition or maybe your first Skyrunning event? Synergy Guides are here to train, guide, instruct and advise you on your journey to success. Get in touch to start your journey with our professionally qualified team.
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, advance rope techniques such as moving together, bivi skills and glacier travel.
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