• Winter Mountaineering & Climbing Courses for all levels

    From winter hillwalking to winter climbing or 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

    Traverse the Cuillin Ridge or climb the Skye Munros

  • Classic routes on
    Ben Nevis & in Glencoe

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



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, which lies in the Lochaber region. 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, on Skye, in Torridon 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 the mountains of Lochaber, inlcluding 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. Our guiding team also spend plenty of time in the magnificent mountains of Torridon and the North West Highlands, including Liathach, Beinn Alligin and An Teallach.

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.

Customer Reviews

  • MrsMunro7 Avatar

    5 star rating Skye Munros 14-17 May 2019 Wow what a fantastic experience! 4 great days walking and scrambling up the 11 Munros on The Cullin Ridge.
    All made possible by Ken Appleton's West Coast Mountain Guides. Ken and Steve were highly professional and their care and attention was excellent. We were certainly in very skilled, experienced and safe hands.
    Superb organisation, knowledge and communication. Ken and Steve were supportive, reassuring and instilled confidence. They were great company and...
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    MrsMunro7 22 May 2019
    Jerr F Avatar

    5 star rating Skye Munro’s Course 14 - 17 May 2019 Four brilliant days!
    Booked this course for a guided climb of the eleven munro’s on the Cullin Ridge with West Coast Mountain Guides. The pre event information and communication provided by Ken Applegate, the owner, was excellent. Friendly emails providing information on the kit needed or supplied and on the intended plan for each day. I was on my own but knew there would be other participants.
    We met the night before...
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    Jerr F 22 May 2019
    morfuddelen Avatar

    5 star rating Curve Ridge and Crowberry Tower and Aonach Eagach Traverse in Glen Coe This was my second year with West Coast Highland guiding company. I can't recommend them highly enough.
    Ken was very professional and was quick to answer all my emails in a friendly manner.
    Caspar was my guide again this year and highly recommend him. We had a great couple of days scrambling and walking the Munros.
    Caspar boosted my confidence on the scrambles in a quiet ,humerous , friendly way.
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    morfuddelen 20 May 2019
  • Simon A Avatar

    5 star rating One of the best weeks I've ever had in the mountains I booked to do the 4 day Cuillin course with mixed feelings. I had high hopes for the week but quite a few concerns as well. Most of the concerns were based around the fact that I do virtually all of my walking alone. This is a choice as it allows me to go where I want at the pace I want and I was concerned that... read more

    Simon A 19 May 2019
    jkcninja Avatar

    5 star rating Excellent 4 days on the Black Cuillin Having had plenty of hill walking, alpine summer, sport climbing and winter off-piste experience I wanted something that was publicly open, and that would bridge the gap between different terrains, exposures and techniques. With no experience of 'mountaineering' or exposed scrambling and without the budget to go the 'full Alpine', West Coast Mountain Guides offered exactly what I wanted on home shores. I liaised with Ken well in advance as... read more

    jkcninja 14 May 2019
    IlonaEdinburgh Avatar

    5 star rating The Aonach Eagach; conquered My friend Nicola and I had a fantastic time with Josh of Westcoast Mountain Guides. He had to factor in that both of us had very varying degrees of experience and fitness. He got Nic to her 5th and 6th Munros and to my 182 and 183. He was very calm and measured and it was clear he was assessing our abilities but didn’t make either of feel inadequate or... read more

    IlonaEdinburgh 14 May 2019
  • taighantuath Avatar

    5 star rating Great day on Blaven-Clach Glas traverse I booked with WCMG to do this as a warm up for a possible attempt at the Cuillin ridge in June. Organisation and communication was excellent and the day itself with guide Dave (Fowler) was a great experience despite the less than perfect weather (cold with the odd snow shower). Dave was great company, knowledgeable and professional. Most importantly I felt totally safe on something I... read more

    taighantuath 10 May 2019
    Leggie67 Avatar

    5 star rating Ben Nevis We first thought of an Idea to climb the Ben as it’s referred too back last year, living in Cornwall we don’t have many big hills, so my wife said she would only trust me if we hired a guide. So I did and the contact has been great, including the call the day before to firm up our hopes and worries if any and a meeting place, with Andy.... read more

    Leggie67 03 May 2019
    lornak779 Avatar

    5 star rating Another year, another trip, another great experience with WCMG! What else can I say about WCMG! I’ve been climbing with them for the last 3 years and every year is a fantastic experience! We’ve been building up but this year we went for Tower Ridge, definitely a step up from previous years. Ken as usual was calm, measured, professional and gives much needed confidence. Always a great experience climbing with these guys. Can’t wait until next year already! Stevie... read more

    lornak779 27 Mar 2019
  • Jon E Avatar

    5 star rating Awesome climbing in Lochaber with Westcoast Mountain Guides. Back from two great days of private guiding with Caspar with Westcoast Mountain Guides. The weather and conditions weren't great but then it wouldn't be Scottish Winter if they were. Can't expect blue sky and sunshine every trip as that would reduce the challenge of the experience. First day we were at the Nevis Range Gondola for 8am uplift to the top station and then the walk through... read more

    Jon E 26 Mar 2019
    blairf8888 Avatar

    5 star rating Excellent technical and local knowledge to get the most out of your trip. Recently back from two fantastic winter days in the hills with Ken from West Coast Mountain Guides. First day, we tackled Stob Ban via its north ridge, before continuing to stay up high and reaching the summit of Sgurr Mhaim via the Devil's Ridge. On the second day, with strong winds, Ken suggested that we head east and head up the East Ridge of Beinn a'Chaorainn, which turned out to... read more

    blairf8888 26 Mar 2019
    samuelbail Avatar

    5 star rating Awesome day out! Great people. An awesome day out. Malcolm was really great and I appreciate both Ken and Malcolm taking the time to chat through the day in advance. Thank you!

    samuelbail 24 Mar 2019


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