• Winter Mountaineering & Climbing Courses for all levels

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

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  • Private Guiding
    - Anytime, Anywhere

    Bespoke courses and guiding to match your aspirations

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  • The Black Cuillins,
    Isle of Skye

    Traverse the Cuillin Ridge or climb the Skye Munros

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  • Classic routes on
    Ben Nevis & in Glencoe

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

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WEST COAST MOUNTAIN GUIDES

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

West Coast Mountain Guides is based in the Scottish Highland town of Fort William. The company was established in 1988 by IFMGA & British Mountain Guide, Alan Kimber. Since then West Coast Mountain Guides have been delivering friendly and professional hillwalking, mountaineering and climbing courses and instruction throughout the year on Ben Nevis, in Glencoe, across the Highlands and overseas.

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

West Coast Mountain Guides specialise in private mountain guiding and guiding walkers up Ben Nevis as well as Scottish mixed and ice climbing at introductory and advanced levels, winter mountaineering and winter skills and hillwalking 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.

During the Spring, Summer and Autumn, our instructors and guides deliver hillwalking holidays, scrambling and rock climbing instruction in and around the local mountains of Lochaber. We run guided traverses of the Aonach Eagach and ascents of Tower Ridge and Curved Ridge amongst many others. We are also proud to provide professional scrambling guides on the Isle of Skye where we guide aspiring mountaineers along the traverse the formidable Cuillin Ridge and ascend its challenging summits and Munros including the In Pinn.

So if 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 number of classic grade V ice climbs on Ben Nevis on our CIC Hut Week, 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)
  • 5 star rating Skye Munros Just back from a fantastic 4 days with Jamie Bankhead. We had a great time and I can highly recommend both Jamie as a guide, he was very experienced and made us all feel completely safe despite some pretty sketchy weather conditions. Highly recommended.

    camsc0tland 19/09/2018

    5 star rating aonach eagach ridge ben guided us over the aonach eagach ridge last Saturday, his skills and support helped overcome my fears and made our day very enjoyable. still not a fan off the crazy pinnacles.

    Mark R 19/09/2018

    5 star rating Aonach Eagach ridge We had a very memorable day on the Aonach Eagach ridge guided by Ben from west coast mountain guides. , he was very knowledgeable about the flora and fauna. We traversed the ridge without a problem Ben was very good telling us what we needed to do and talking us through the difficult sections. Communication prior to the event was also great would definitely recommend and use west coast mountain guides again.

    lee180238 18/09/2018
  • 5 star rating Skye Munros I have just come back from Skye having had 4 most amazing days up in the Cuillins guided by Ken Applegate and Adele Pennington. Ken & Adele were the best guides you could have asked for and looked after us all (all with different skill levels) in some interesting weather conditions !!! They inspired confidence and were always positive and encouraging. To anyone who is thinking of doing this trip i would highly recommend it, and highly recommend both Ken and Adele. Thank you so much for such a memorable holiday 🙂

    mjeggs 17/09/2018

    5 star rating Skye munros Guided by ken apple gate and Steve Holmes this has got to be my most precious memory on the Cuillins. From the first day the guides were exceptional. They informed us of the flora and fauna of this mighty landscape guiding us through rough terrain. A few airy moments in my head were reassured by positive mental stimulation which these guides have. They have patience and an unbelievable method of making you not only technically safe but also mentally. I am not long back from this 4 day trip to complete 11 Munro’s and missing the place already. Highly recommended trip.

    JoyceC1187 15/09/2018

    5 star rating Aonach Eagach scramble Had an amazing day on the Aonach Eagach ridge with Ken from West Coast Mountain Guides, we successfully scrambled the whole ridge even though one of us wasn’t too keen on heights. Ken’s calm and supportive manner gave us the confidence and the odd nudge (not literally!) to get over some of the more gnarlier bits....don’t know how he did it but he even made the sun shine all day!! Would highly recommend West Coast Mountain Guides.

    WelshyWelsh 07/09/2018
  • 5 star rating Glen Coe Skyline (sort of) I made a booking request for a 1:1 guided traverse of the Aonach Eagach less than a week before the date and was lucky enough to get a guide without problem. Phil did a splendid job and made this a very enjoyable, instructive and, most importantly, safe first scramble for me, keeping spirits high all through a challenging day. Communication was great before the event, too. I‘d recommend this company without hesitation and hope to hike with them again in the future.

    EvaStrainge 05/09/2018

    What a wonderful day we had on Aonach Eagach! Dave, (who we have named mountain Dave) was fantastic and has featured in a lot of our conversations since. He made the day interesting, safe and awesome fun and something we thought would be scary wasn’t at all. We are so glad we had him with us to show us the right way to tackle the beast! We’ll definitely be recommending West Coast Mountain Guides to our friends! Kristian and Alison x

    justfudget 31/08/2018

    5 day Winter Mountaineering Course This was an amazing experience and would highly recommend the course to anyone wanting to learn some key winter mountaineering skills. Each day brought new experiences and opportunities to draw from our guide's knowledge. Ken picked suitable routes for each day to fit the weather and our the our individual objectives. I had not used crampons or ice axe prior to the course but now feel confident to use these new skills on future trips. Brilliant fun and very good value. No better way to spend a week.

    swissdave2006 31/08/2018
  • 5 star rating 5 day winter mountaineering skills This was an amazing experience and would highly recommend the course to anyone wanting to learn some key winter mountaineering skills. Each day brought new experiences and opportunities to draw from our guide's knowledge. Ken picked suitable routes for each day to fit the weather and our the our individual objectives. I had not used crampons or pick axe prior to the course but now feel confident to use these new skills on future trips. Brilliant fun and very good value. No better way to spend a week.

    swissdave2006 30/08/2018

    5 star rating Hiking on Bidean nam Bian We hiked Bidean nam Bian (and neighboring peaks) with guide Ken Applegate. It was a wonderful experience! He was thorough in assessing our experience and picked the perfect hike for us. He was full of knowledge and easy to talk to as well. We’d definitely recommend him and hope to hike with him again ourselves. Thanks Ken!

    LuckyGirlB 30/08/2018

    Hiking on Bidean nam Bian We hiked Bidean nam Bian (and neighboring peaks) with guide Ken Applegate. It was a wonderful experience! He was thorough in assessing our experience and picked the perfect hike for us. He was full of knowledge and easy to talk to as well. We’d definitely recommend him and hope to hike with him again ourselves. Thanks Ken!

    LuckyGirlB 29/08/2018

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