• 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

  • Arley M Avatar

    5 star rating Ben Nevis in winter I contacted West Coast Mountain Guides to hike Ben Nevis in the winter. Since I was traveling alone, I thought a guide would add to the experience and it was so wonderful!! My guide, Andy, picked out great boots for me to use and was full of interesting facts along the way. I would recommend this company and Andy to anyone, one of the best parts of my Scotland trip!!

    Arley M 19 Jan 2019
    1489a123 Avatar

    5 star rating Awesome winter summit of "The Ben"! My husband and I did a winter ascent of The Ben on 1/2/19 and it was totally awesome! Our guide Mehmet was wonderful, very knowledgeable, and I highly recomment West Coast Mountain Guides if you're thinking of conquering The Ben in winter. Great experience!

    1489a123 17 Jan 2019
    usaadventure Avatar

    5 star rating Ben Nevis Winter Climb Dec 2018 For the second consecutive year, my son & I included a winter climb with West Coast Mountain Guides to our travel plans. On both occasions the overall experience exceeded our expectations. Ken is extremely knowledgeable and professional - you'll be in safe hands under his guidance & leadership. I'd highly recommend West Coast Mountain Guides to lead your next adventure.

    usaadventure 16 Jan 2019
  • 3rdGirl Avatar

    5 star rating Guided trek up Ben Nevis Dec 2018 I found West Coast Mountain Guides via a Google search. Ken was helpful and responsive to my questions and we booked a guide for 3 of us to trek up Ben Nevis on Dec 28th. Sally was excellent as our guide: knowledgable, sensible, cheerful, practical, good pace, accommodating of our different needs and able to put up with our chattering and different fitness levels! The kit list on the web... read more

    3rdGirl 14 Jan 2019
    SimonK3655 Avatar

    5 star rating Amazing winter hike We wanted to finish the West Highland Way by climbing Ben Nevis. Because of the infamous Scottish winter weather we decided to book a private tour with West Coast Mountain Guides and never regretted doing so. Ken was very fast in answering all our questions and even managed to comply with a last minute change of dates. Our guide Ben did an amazing job and made us feel safe despite... read more

    SimonK3655 22 Dec 2018
    dnhmain Avatar

    5 star rating 4 days of snow and adventure Just completed a fabulous 4 days mountaineering course with Ken as our knowledgeable guide. The recent weather meant that the snow pack generally wasn't the best but Ken's knowledge of the area meant that he found us the locations with the conditions we needed to experience and learn the skills we would need to climb and move safely in the snow and ice. We did 3 great routes on 'The... read more

    dnhmain 14 Dec 2018
  • Passport48018248467 Avatar

    5 star rating Skye Scramble West Coast Mountain Guides took Sophie and I scrambling up into The Cuillin for a day at the very end of November, something Sophie and I would never have done on our own. We’re both experienced outdoors, but armchair mountaineers, so asked them to “take us out our comfort zone”. Ken definitely did that and, after discussing a few view various route options with us, settled on guiding us up... read more

    Passport48018248467 02 Dec 2018
    155ok Avatar

    5 star rating Winter climbing Another great day with West Coast Mountain Guides. Always go the extra mile to make sure the trip goes to plan. Can’t recommend highly enough.

    155ok 26 Nov 2018
    sashah Avatar

    5 star rating Great day . Decided to book a guide to escort my husband and me up Ben Nevis . Ken was very prompt in responding to our enquiry and gave us all the relevant information that we needed.Once booked he then got in touch nearer the time and told us Hannah would be our guide.She phoned us the afternoon prior to our hike , introduced herself and answered all our questions. Hannah's knowledge and... read more

    sashah 14 Nov 2018
  • Cruiser36721815477 Avatar

    5 star rating Unforgettable experience Ken took me and my son up the north face ledge route to the top of Ben Nevis. It was a fantastic experience for my 50th and my son’s 18th birthdays. I would definitely recommend doing something like this rather than taking the standard tourist route. It was a challenge - particularly with the snow and ice - but Ken is so experienced he makes it manageable.
    We used some... read more

    Cruiser36721815477 31 Oct 2018
    enjoylife42016 Avatar

    5 star rating Wonderful Service I was quite a painful customer as had a choice of two days, but ended up having to do it on the day we intended to drive home, because of the weather conditions, so needed an early start. Ken replied to ALL my e mails and phoned me, so I felt reassured that we would be able to complete our last peak and the 10 hour drive had been worth... read more

    enjoylife42016 29 Oct 2018
    MarkH2458 Avatar

    5 star rating Safe and professional We booked a private guide for two people for a week of scrambling on the Skye Cuillin. Our aim was to climb as many of the 11 Munros on the main Cuillin ridge as we could in five days.
    Despite some pretty bad weather conditions, we managed to get out for some scrambling every day, and succeeded in climbing 8 of the 11.
    We were very happy with our guide Andy Hogarth,... read more

    MarkH2458 04 Oct 2018


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