• 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 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

    5 star rating Cuillin Ridge Traverse - success! Wow, what an epic adventure! On the first day we started at 5am from Glenbrittle and made good progress - despite cloudy and wet conditions - over the traverse from Sgurr nan Eag to our planned bivouac site in a small cave just after Bidean Druim nan Ramh. To avoid some incoming bad weather we set off for the final few summits at 1am with some exciting... read more

    skye1959 21 Jul 2019

    5 star rating Excellent Cuillins guiding up Am Basteir My trip with Ollie was fantastic! He was very good company and knew the territory well despite being in the cloud. The roped trip up to Am Basteir was pretty straight forward. Ollie got me over the bad step and I felt very safe with his guiding.
    Working with Ken to organize the trip from the US was easy to do over email. Everything went according to plan.

    ChickenLegs66 21 Jul 2019
  • 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


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