• 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 40th birthday on Inn Pinn I had been increasingly anxious about tackling some of the Cuilin and the 40th seemed a good time to persuade friends and husband to come with me. We were fortunate with a glorious day and Ken was very competent and reassuring. What a thrill to do the Inn Pinn and then to learn how to move on a rope to climb Sgurr Mhic Choinnich also. I was also impressed that... read more

    950elizabeth 17 Jul 2019

    5 star rating Skye High Big thanks to West Coast Mountain Guides for getting my Canadian visitors and myself up the Cuillins and up, over and back down the inaccessible pinnacle. Our guide Josh inspired confidence every step of the way. Getting us out of our comfort zones whilst taking in some of the most jaw dropping scenery made for a fantastic adventure!

    505garethj 11 Jul 2019

    5 star rating CMD Arete Big shoutout to “JOSH” from West Coast Mountain Guides who helped us new mountaineers to summit Ben Nevis via CMD Arete. Considering most of us are afraid of heights and this was a big stepping stone for us to overcome our fears.
    Josh our guide totally impressed us with his experience and excellent local knowledge. Very friendly approach and ensured we a had a very safe and rewarding adventure- A...
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    PSobti 08 Jul 2019
  • 5 star rating Aonach Eagach Adventure West Coast mountain guides were really communicative and gave clear instructions. Our guide Gill Parker was a great mountain guide and provided free jelly babies. We all felt safe, well directed and had a great time. To be recommended, great conversation too.

    ChrisCura 05 Jul 2019

    5 star rating Tower Ridge 25th June 2019 Ken immediately made us feel welcomed and we had a good chat on the walk in before gearing up for the ridge ascent. Both my son and I had a fantastic experience thanks to Ken's calm, expertise in leading us over the ridge and the descending via Ledge Ridge to round off a great day. Highly recommended!

    Andy P 27 Jun 2019

    5 star rating Aognach eagnach ridge What an awesome day I had on Saturday tackling the ridge.
    Josh was great- made it all seem really manageable (and safe). We were all pleased with our choices to go with a company/guide like yours especially when we met a couple who turned back when they saw what was ahead and later a chap who said he was stuck because his shoes had no grip.
    Josh was great with...
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    KathF57 26 Jun 2019
  • 5 star rating Aonach Eagach Ridge Just completed the Aonach Eagach Ridge with Gillian, our West Coast Guide for the day. We had a great day and despite 4 seasons in one day weather we still had some fantastic views over the Aonach Eagach Ridge.
    Thanks to Gillian for all her knowledge, technical skills and great chat.
    Will definitely recommend West Coast Mountain Guides and would definitely use them again.

    j1jamie 26 Jun 2019

    5 star rating Very reassuring guide We spent two days with Ken on Skye including Sgurr nan Gillian and Am Basteir together. It was challenging at times not helped by very wet weather at the start of both days but Ken made sure the group were kept confident and safe. Highly recommended.

    IFMacdonald 24 Jun 2019

    5 star rating Reaching the top for charity Our West Coast Mountain Guides were fantastic; everyone in our group was full of praise for them. They were professional, knowledgeable and managed the group well. An absolute pleasure to be with while achieving our goal of climbing Ben Nevis raising money for Alzheimer Scotland. Above all, they ensured our group reach the peak together despite the considerable range of fitness. Thank you to Ken and his team.

    First_Milk 24 Jun 2019
  • 5 star rating CMD Arete to the summit of Ben Nevis Having finished the WHW Sarah and I wanted to do Ben Nevis and decided that we would consult West Coast Mountain Guides and Ken talked through the routes that we could take and recommended the CMD Arete which when we talked through with the excellent guide Hannah Evans the day before we decided to do.
    Hannah is a very experienced guide and she quickly assessed our capabilities and pace and ensured...
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    Andy H 22 Jun 2019

    5 star rating Superb Days on mountains with excellent guide I booked through West Coast Mountain Guides for two different trips, and ended up using the same guide on both occasions. I was exceptionally pleased with the experience. I am a reasonably experienced hill walker, and was looking to step up with a guide to do some challenging scrambles in the Scottish highlands.
    On both occasions I felt I was dealing with a guide who managed to balance the difficult combination...
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    navyjames6 21 Jun 2019

    5 star rating 4 days on Cullin Ridge Excellent Guides! Good understanding of routes on the ridge and chose appropriate to conditions. Always felt they had safety as priority, while ensuring everyone enjoyed their experience. Would definitely use again and highly recommend.

    Alibali 21 Jun 2019


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