• 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 Amazing ice climbing day out on Ben Nevis with Mark Scales My friend and I went for a multi-pitch ice climbing on Ben Nevis end of January with Mark (the guide) leading/equipping the entire route and us following behind on top-rope. It was the perfect amount of challenge for such a short trip and Mark has been really helpful with equipment and picked an amazing route for us. We were also really lucky with the conditions (it was sunny!!). Mark really... read more

    MarcR2938 19 Feb 2020

    5 star rating Private Winter Mountaineering This was our second trip with WCMG - highly recommend! This time we had two great days of private winter mountaineering in Glencoe with Dave Fowler! Dave was very professional and knowledgeable, and qualified to provide something a ‘wee bit more technical’ than just hillwalking (as Ken described it). We learnt a lot from him and felt safe despite the challenging conditions with stormy weather! On the first day we... read more

    Alverstone1907 16 Feb 2020

    5 star rating Private Winter Mountaineering Had a great three days for our private winter mountaineering course with Ken! Ken covered a variety of topics that allowed us to be more comfortable during Scottish winter conditions. Ken answered any and all of our questions - which there were many. We're really excited to use our new skills out in the Scottish Highlands thanks to West Coast Mountain Guides.

    manderswanders 12 Feb 2020
  • 5 star rating Bespoke Winter Mountaineering Skills Had a great time with Ken over three days and more importantly learned enough to greatly increase our confidence covering technical terrain in Winter. Despite the lean conditions this season, west coast mount guides worked with us to pick the best days. With the private guiding we were able to tailor the routes to focus on the skills we wanted to learn. First day on the Ben covering crampon... read more

    willbD6611NX 12 Feb 2020

    5 star rating Introductory snow and ice climb Glencoe Nothing but positive feedback. The guide was first class and we really enjoyed the day. He judged the situation perfectly.

    RAS-D42 11 Feb 2020

    5 star rating Cracking Winter Skills day Fantastic day with Andy on the North face of Ben Nevis making best use of the snow conditions to learn a variety of winter skills. Very pleased we booked privately as the extra attention allowed us to push ourselves and get some really valuable feedback. Great too to see the emphasis on practice of footwork without crampons and making decisions for the day. Andy's knowledge and enthusiasm was faultless, really... read more

    SJF_Scotland 10 Feb 2020
  • 5 star rating Westcoast came up with the goods once again It's no coincidence that even in very thin winter climbing conditions, westcoast find routes that still deliver. The proof is that the following day you will see everyone else queuing up to do the route you did the day before.
    Professional outift

    Neil M 10 Feb 2020

    5 star rating Will keep coming back to these guys again and again. I was so impressed when I climbed with Ken from West Coast Mountain Guides last year that I came back again this year and would only use him. Ever professional, friendly, knowledgable and patient, Ken really is a great guide and has built a great company here. With me being fairly new to the scene, Ken is slowly building up the grade of routes and in-turn, my confidence and knowledge.... read more

    Nick B 09 Feb 2020

    5 star rating Outstanding Guided Climbs around Fort William I spend 4 days with 2 different West Coast guides (Dave and Niels). They were both terrific, I learned an incredible amount in a short time and would highly recommend. The weather was softer/wetter than I hoped but it didn't stop us finding lots of places to have fun. The guides were very responsive to my matching my development needs to the changeable weather conditions. They are both incredible... read more

    Jonathan R 05 Feb 2020
  • 5 star rating Winter mountaineering trip up the Ben Ken & West Coast Mountain guides organised an absolutely fantastic couple of days with their guide, Stuart, for myself and my 9-year old son and a friend and his son. We all learnt a lot and gained in confidence for tackling the hills in the winter, which was the objective, including all sorts of winter skills & poor visibility navigation. Ken offered great advice and support pre trip & Stuart... read more

    roryfyfe 04 Feb 2020

    5 star rating The best two days on a mountain Ever I just wanted to message and say what an amazing couple of days we had with Mark and West Coast Mountain Guides. We couldn't have asked for anything more!! Mark was great with us, not just guiding but also coaching us along a bit. Giles and I have both said that they were two of the best days we have ever spent on a mountain. Western Rib and Tower Ridge... read more

    Y8249ATmattf 26 Jan 2020

    5 star rating Safely to the top, Ben Nevis Tower Ridge winter climb How can one write a review about any climb in Scotland without mentioning the weather 😉 . With the only sunny day of the week, my guide Ken picked me up from my hotel on time, for a short drive to the start of what would be a 1'100m hike/climb that day.
    Ken has a good eye for details when it comes to the technical side of getting you up...
    read more

    nicolausm532 22 Jan 2020


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