• 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

  • 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
  • caroleengel Avatar

    5 star rating Lashed on Liathach I am a hill bagger attempting to climb all the Munros, tops and deleted tops – some 601 in total. Now almost half way through this wonderful challenge, I have had quite a bit of walking experience but possess very little expertise in scrambling and heaven forbid, climbing. Consequently, I asked Ken to help me over a couple of the trickier routes being the An Teallach ridge and Meall Dearg... read more

    caroleengel 30 Sep 2018
    Jim P Avatar

    5 star rating In Pinn ascent A very enjoyable ascent of the In Pinn, despite the weather being a wee bit dreich. Ken replied to my emails quickly and fully in the run up, and on the day of the climb, Jamie was professional, knowledgeable, and great company. I would definitely use these guys again.

    Jim P 28 Sep 2018
    DavidLGl Avatar

    5 star rating Skye Ridge in Bits Amazing well looked after. Initially target was to do the traverse but weather was anything but kind or predictable. High quality days in the hills never the less with the InPin briefly in brilliant sun before hail on the abseil.

    DavidLGl 26 Sep 2018
  • Audry07 Avatar

    5 star rating Skye Munros I spent for 4 memorable days up in the Black Cuillins in Skye guided by Ken and Adele. I never walked with a guide before so wasn’t sure what to except, but this trip exceeded any exceptions I could have had. Both guides were really knowledgeable which straight away made me feel safe and they both made the walks really enjoyable despite the poor weather.
    I can’t recommend them enough... read more

    Audry07 23 Sep 2018
    camsc0tland Avatar

    5 star rating Skye Munros Just back from a fantastic 4 days with Jamie Bankhead. We had a great time and I can highly recommend both Jamie as a guide, he was very experienced and made us all feel completely safe despite some pretty sketchy weather conditions. Highly recommended.

    camsc0tland 19 Sep 2018
    Mark R Avatar

    5 star rating aonach eagach ridge ben guided us over the aonach eagach ridge last Saturday, his skills and support helped overcome my fears and made our day very enjoyable. still not a fan off the crazy pinnacles.

    Mark R 19 Sep 2018
  • lee180238 Avatar

    5 star rating Aonach Eagach ridge We had a very memorable day on the Aonach Eagach ridge guided by Ben from west coast mountain guides. , he was very knowledgeable about the flora and fauna. We traversed the ridge without a problem Ben was very good telling us what we needed to do and talking us through the difficult sections. Communication prior to the event was also great would definitely recommend and use west coast mountain... read more

    lee180238 18 Sep 2018
    mjeggs Avatar

    5 star rating Skye Munros I have just come back from Skye having had 4 most amazing days up in the Cuillins guided by Ken Applegate and Adele Pennington. Ken & Adele were the best guides you could have asked for and looked after us all (all with different skill levels) in some interesting weather conditions !!! They inspired confidence and were always positive and encouraging. To anyone who is thinking of doing this trip... read more

    mjeggs 17 Sep 2018
    JoyceC1187 Avatar

    5 star rating Skye munros Guided by ken apple gate and Steve Holmes this has got to be my most precious memory on the Cuillins. From the first day the guides were exceptional. They informed us of the flora and fauna of this mighty landscape guiding us through rough terrain. A few airy moments in my head were reassured by positive mental stimulation which these guides have. They have patience and an unbelievable method of... read more

    JoyceC1187 15 Sep 2018


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