• 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

  • 5 star rating Curved Ridge scramble West Coast Mountain Guides are a great team, very responsive and accurate from initial inquiries all the way through to the day of the climb. The route had to be changed the day before due to weather and Ken was very clear about what we would be doing, where we would be, and what to bring for the trip. Malcolm was a patient, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic guide who shared his... read more

    forrest-kirkpatrick 18 Sep 2019

    5 star rating Great experience all around! Dear Ken and Malcolm,
    We just wanted to say a huge thank you for our great adventure on Saturday up Curved Ridge.

    Even though we were quite unlucky with the weather, we thought that you really put an effort in making sure we had a great time regardless of the weather – both with regards to the support and communication via email ahead of the day and the guiding...
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    cbonsi 18 Sep 2019

    5 star rating Epic hike into the Knoydart wilderness West Coast Mountain Guides are a great outfit. I got in touch with them to organise a bespoke hiking trip for myself and 3 friends with mixed abilities and goals - my own was to get out in to the wild and summit a few munros which needed to be balanced with a more "relax and enjoy nature" approach of the others. They were hands on from the start and... read more

    geonwilliams 15 Sep 2019
  • 5 star rating guided trip on the in pin booked one day 1.1 guide for the accent of the in pin with west coast early 2019 every think went according to plan the weather helped being a nice sunny day my guide for the day was Josh who put me at ease from the start as i am not a climber the accent of the in pin was clearly explained to me as was the approach i would... read more

    KNOTTA12 10 Sep 2019

    5 star rating Mountain guide and accommodation. This is the second time I have used West Coast Mountain Guides for my climb of the Ledge Route of Ben Nevis.
    On both occasions I have been delighted with both their hospitality and their professionalism .
    This year our mountain Guide Mehmet made us both feel very competent in completing our climb.
    After all our safety checks including clothing etc, we made our way to the base of our climb. All...
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    75deborah2015 07 Sep 2019

    5 star rating 11 Munros on the Syke Cuillin Ridge with my son and Ken from WCM Guides Booked Ken from West Coast Mountain Guides for 3 days on the Skye Cuillin Ridge in July. Ken provided plenty of advice beforehand and booking was easy via the WCM Guides web-site. I had 11 Munros on Skye and 1 on Mull to complete my first Munro round. Met Ken at Sligachan to climb the first 3 Munros from there on Day 1 with my son and Ken. Second... read more

    Borthwick37 02 Sep 2019
  • 5 star rating Fantastic ascent of the Choinnich and Inn Pinn For our first visit to the Isle of Skye we decided to look into booking a guide for a days walking in the Cuillins. Although, I have a fear of heights, we booked up the trip to the Inn Pinn, as it looked very scenic and exiting, and I was reassured by Ken at West Coast Mountain Guides that I could wait at the base while my husband did the... read more

    Alverstone1907 27 Aug 2019

    5 star rating Two Austrians in Scotland We had two great days with Iain - thank you so much.
    Day one - Buachaille Etive Mor, Curved Ridge and Crowberry Tower.
    Day two - Ben Nevis via Tower Ridge and descend by Ledge route.
    Wanted to climb Agag's Groove, looks like a cool climb but was too wet.
    Everything was organized perfectly in advance (thanks to Ben and Ken).
    Iain's knowledge of mountaineering and the area is excellent and he showed us...
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    Scots260 24 Aug 2019

    5 star rating Liathach traverse Booked a guide for the Liathach traverse through West Coast Mountain Guides. The booking was arranged at short notice, with good communication from Ken throughout. The guide Jonty was excellent, good knowledge of the ridge and made it a great experience, even in not great conditions! Highly Recommended!

    jonm962 10 Aug 2019
  • 5 star rating Ascent of the Inn Pinn The time on the Cuillins with Ollie was superb. Ollie was very knowledgable both of the area and of mountaineering in general. We picked up a lot of invaluable knowledge about mountain navigation, ropework/abseiling techniques, and also about the geography of Skye and surrounding islands that can be seen from the top of the Cuillins. 
    All in all a great experience and would recommend West Coast Mountain Guides and Ollie to...
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    cheesetoastie87 26 Jul 2019

    5 star rating Cuillin Munros We had a memorable holiday, achieving everything we aimed to do and cannot thank our West Coast Mountain guide Julie enough for making it such a success. Her technical skill and knowledge, confidence, humour, patience and informal approach made us feel at ease from the start. Nothing was a bother and she kept to our pace. We can also report Julie's instruction and manner won praise and thanks from... read more

    L0F2A35 25 Jul 2019

    5 star rating Aonach Eagach and Curved Ridge delight! First the Aonach Eagach in August 2018 followed a few months later on (June 2019) by the Curved Ridge ascent as a 40th birthday present 🙂
    The AO traverse went perfect! Couldn’t have asked for anything more! Iain’s knowledge of the route was obvious from the outset which helped me calm my nerves a little bit (couldn’t sleep the night before from the adrenaline coupled up with my worry that I’ll...
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    holidaymakerTM79 23 Jul 2019


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