• Winter Mountaineering & Climbing Courses for all levels

    From winter hillwalking to winter climbing to a week in the Ben Nevis CIC Hut

  • Private Guiding
    - Anytime, Anywhere

    Bespoke courses and guiding to match your aspirations

  • The Black Cuillins,
    Isle of Skye

    From full ridge traverses to ticking off the Munros

  • Classic routes on
    Ben Nevis & in Glencoe

    CMD, Ledge Route, Tower Ridge, Curved Ridge, the Aonach Eagach



Professionally delivered private guiding, winter & summer mountaineering and climbing courses in Scotland.

West Coast Mountain Guides, based in Fort William in the Scottish Highlands, was established by IFMGA & British Mountain Guide, Alan Kimber back in 1988. Since then West Coast Mountain Guides have been delivering friendly and professional hillwalking, mountaineering and climbing courses and instruction throughout the year across the Highlands.

Our instructors and guides have the highest levels of mountaineering qualifications recognised both in the UK (AMI) and abroad (IFMGA). Not only are they all fully qualified, they are also all great company in the mountains and keen to share their passion, their experiences and impart their knowledge.

During the winter, we specialise in private guiding as well as mixed and ice climbing, winter mountaineering and winter skills courses for all abilities.

Our winter mountain courses are based out of Fort William, with great access to Ben Nevis, Creag Meagaidh and Glen Coe.

For the rest of the year, our focus is split between hillwalking, scrambling and rock climbing in and around Lochaber as well as on the magical Cuillin Ridge on the Isle of Skye.

So whether you’re looking for a walking guide for Ben Nevis, a mountaineering course to learn about efficient ropework , instruction in introductory winter skills to be able to safely head out hillwalking in the snow and ice, a guide to tackle a two day traverse of The Skye Cuillin Ridge or be guided up a classic grade V ice climb, we are here to help you fulfil your ambitions and reach your goals.

This is my fourth visit to the CIC Hut week and second time with West Coast Mountain Guides. Ken and his team were extremely professional and highly organised, all aspects of the week went as planned . All the West Coast staff and guides were friendly , competent and highly motivated to ensure all clients got the most out of the week and achieved their personal goals. That in addition to perfect weather ensured the week was the best I’ve had so far on the mountain. I highly recommend West Coast Guides and will be returning again in 2017.

Neil BWinter Climbing Course - CIC Hut Week, Ben Nevis (March 2016)

Back safely after our trip to Skye last week. We had a great time and it is a memorable experience. Both of our guides, Bruce & Ken, were excellent- professional and personable and they made our trip safe and enjoyable. I miss the mountains already. Outstanding views one day with grey summits for the rest! Hard to believe it’s over now-we are already looking forward to our next escape.

Marion JCuillin Munros Course, Skye (May 2014)

Great time with Hannah Evans of WCMG familiarising myself with ice axe , crampons, use of kit, deep snow, ice etc . Walked climbed Glencoe area. Great instruction created confidence. Great tips about use of gear for planned higher altitude trips in the future.

Larry FWinter Skills & Summits (March 2016)

Another excellent trip out for a few days on the hills with West Coast Mountain Guides. As ever, our guide, Tom, was knowledgeable, friendly and well prepared.

Jon BWinter Mountaineering Private Guiding, Glencoe (March 2016)

Booked Kenny through West Coast Mountain Guides. We had a great day climbing North East Buttress on Ben Nevis. He was first class, very safe and good company. Highly recommended!

J HunterPrivate Guiding, Ben Nevis (May 2016)

My friend and I were looking to expand our knowledge of the hills and gain confidence to tackle some winter mountaineering routes in Scotland. We got in touch with Ken from West Coast Mountain Guides and organised a 2 day mountaineering course. Ken is a fantastic coach and gave us tuition in alternate lead climbing. If anyone is thinking of heading out on some winter climbs but like me, lack the experience then I would highly recommend a couple of days under the tuition of Ken.

Kev JWinter Mountaineering, Ben Nevis & Glencoe (March 2016)

Whilst the almost unending sunshine in Lochaber the week before had taken it’s toll on many of the routes on the Ben, Ken’s knowledge of the area meant we got the best from what was still available to us and managed to get out every day. Ken and Stu’s skills and experience further ensured our experiences were 5* whilst maintaining every regard for safety. I’ll be back at the drop of a hat and won’t hesitate to use WCMG again when I’m ready for the next level.

Danny BCIC Hut Week, Ben Nevis (March 2016)

Our guide Hannah Evans is fantastic. She is friendly, professional and a great motivator.
We had awful conditions and a team member who was struggling, but she helped and encouraged him all the way to the summit and for that I am very grateful 🙂
I highly recommend West Coast Mountain Guides….Ace!!!

Chelsea TWinter Hillwalking, Ben Nevis (March 2016)

Really helpful and great guide. Helpful and knowledgeable. Would definitely use Ken again. Picked me up from hotel and dropped me back there after. A very safe pair of hand.

Rob LPrivate Guiding, Ledge Route & CMD Arete, Ben Nevis (March 2016)


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