• 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

  • 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
    FraserR146 Avatar

    5 star rating September traverse of the Cuillin Ridge Overall, extremely impressive trip, superbly organised by Ken.
    We undertook the traverse with Jamie with only 1 out of 4 days offering good weather conditions. Despite taking on the traverse in less than ideal conditions, Jamie made us feel confident about doing it, and was always on hand to reassure when taking on the tricky sections. He was first class - communication, mountaineering knowledge / skills, and also had some good...
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    FraserR146 20 Mar 2019
    ChrisScottBatey Avatar

    5 star rating Winter Ascent of Ben Nevis Easy to book with and very helpful organising our trip. Ben was easy to get hold of and gave us good advice in preparation for the trip.
    We went up the tourist route in snowy conditions and a blizzard so a guide was essential.
    We had an excellent guide called Hannah who was very safe, knowledgeable and fun. All in all a great day out...

    ChrisScottBatey 19 Mar 2019
  • Dan C Avatar

    5 star rating Tower Ridge, Ben Nevis I had a wonderful experience climbing Tower Ridge with the expert guiding service provided by West Coast Mountain Guides. Ken is a skilled, competent and safe guide. He expertly navigated the route in challenging conditions. The booking process was seamless and Ken was very responsive to my many questions. West Coast Mountain Guides will be my guide service of choice for my next adventure into... read more

    Dan C 08 Mar 2019
    Al_Stel77 Avatar

    5 star rating Another excellent weekend in the mountains! Went out with Ken for three days in February, fourth year in a row for me and a couple of mates! It’s always a pleasure and an adventure. Whatever the conditions, I trust Ken to find us an exciting day out pitched to satisfyingly challenge our ability level, whilst keeping us safe in what can be very changeable conditions. Whatever your experience level, I’ve no doubt you will have an... read more

    Al_Stel77 07 Mar 2019
    Naveen K Avatar

    5 star rating Climbing Ben Nevis I’m an American who came to Scotland to tackle the biggest mountain in the UK, Ben Nevis. After sorting through many online reviews from the various guide companies West Coast Mountain Guides had far superior reviews and a lot of praise for the guides. I gave them a call months out and made my objectives clear of what I had wanted to accomplish. Ken was my guide and he picked... read more

    Naveen K 07 Mar 2019
  • Josh S Avatar

    5 star rating Another Great Experience Having had a brilliant time with West Coast Mountain Guides last season, I decided to book another 5-day course to continue improving my winter skills. Just as expected, my communications with Ken were rapid, clear and very helpful. While the conditions left something to be desired (warmest February day on record I was told) our guide Tim expertly adapted the plan and course each day to suit the... read more

    Josh S 06 Mar 2019
    MichaelH2190 Avatar

    5 star rating Private Guiding - Winter Climbing A huge thanks to Ken for a fantastic private guided day out on the Crypt Route on Bidean nam Bian.
    With super lean conditions, the options were greatly reduced, however, Ken managed to plan an excellent day on a fantastic route high up on Church Door Buttress, which was just above the snowline. The longer approach was certainly worth the reward.
    The great aspect of guided trips for me is being...
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    MichaelH2190 05 Mar 2019
    srn1973 Avatar

    5 star rating Tower Ridge in February. My first ascent of the north face of Ben Nevis via tower ridge. I was hoping for more wintery conditions but the weather we had was amazing. Not a cloud in the sky and on occasions hot! Ken is an excellent guide and made the whole experience a fantastic day. I would not hesitate to use West Coast Mountain Guides again and cannot recommend them enough to anyone who is... read more

    srn1973 03 Mar 2019


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