• Winter Mountaineering & Climbing Courses for all levels

    From winter hillwalking to winter climbing or a week in the Ben Nevis CIC Hut

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  • Private Guiding
    - Anytime, Anywhere

    Bespoke courses and guiding to match your aspirations

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  • The Black Cuillins,
    Isle of Skye

    Traverse the Cuillin Ridge or climb the Skye Munros

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  • Classic routes on
    Ben Nevis & in Glencoe

    CMD, Ledge Route, Tower Ridge, Curved Ridge, the Aonach Eagach

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WEST COAST MOUNTAIN GUIDES

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 Best day out despite change of plan (my fault) I booked West Coast Mountain Guides for the 30th December 2019, the plan being to scramble up the Ledge Route and Down the CMD Arete on Ben Nevis. I was met by Dave, my guide at the Glen Nevis Youth Hostel and travelled together to the North Face Carpark, with Dave explaining a little about himself, and what would be happening for the day. I already felt confident about him... read more

    Paul A 04 Jan 2020

    5 star rating Winter Mountaineering Course - December 2019 Fantastic experience. Tough Scottish conditions. Excellent insight into Scottish winter. Ken was very patient and explained skills thoroughly but pushed us on the hills to implement what we learnt.
    Brilliant way to spend a week in winter but ensure you are fit and have warm clothes!

    HaighyT 21 Dec 2019

    5 star rating Guide climb up Ben Nevis in Winter What a perfect day out that was. Met up with Will at the hotel carpark, had brief and kit check (and added some important pieces to my incomplete gear) and went on up the ridge. A great varied climb with clambering, some rope stuff, plenty of snow and lots of banter. Very happy to have had such great company in Will, my guide, and always felt super safe.

    arganddiagram 21 Dec 2019
  • 5 star rating Curved ridge Buchaille Etive Mor After booking a guide very last minute I was a little worried when I noticed the weather was forecast for 70mph winds. I had originally wanted to climb tower ridge but was advised by Ken that the wind was too strong. Ken used his knowledge of the area and suggested curved ridge on Buchaille Etive Mor and what a great shout that was! I was guided by a young lass... read more

    Mickygippa1978 17 Dec 2019

    5 star rating Great challenge Ken guided us up to ben nevis summit via castle ridge and back down ledge route. He challenged us to use ropes and some proper climbing and it was brilliant . Ken made me feel safe and confident to step out of my comfort zone. Ken was very knowledgeable about the mountain and the area in general. The equipment was good and new. Ken was friendly and made us very welcome.

    gilesnvilla 01 Dec 2019

    5 star rating Castle Ridge to Ben Nevis returning via Ledge Route This was a 65th birthday present, for which I managed to get a less experienced friend to accompany me. It was very important to get a good guide. In Ken, we definitely picked a winner. Being picked up from our accommodation we were able to discuss possible amendments to our proposed route; Ledge Route & CMD Arête. Ken's awareness of what we could achieve, given our previous experience and accounting... read more

    StIvesGafferman 30 Nov 2019
  • 5 star rating Smith Had a fantastic day with Ken doing the ledge route of Ben Nevis! He’s got great knowledge of the mountain, it’s routes and surroundings. Can’t wait too get the next one booked. Couldn’t recommend them more.

    Charles L 23 Nov 2019

    5 star rating Aonach Eagach Traverse Had a fantastic day out on the Aonach Eagach ridge traverse with Ken guiding. I booked very last minute but found the company to be extremely accommodating of this. It was my first time doing any real scrambling and I would not hesitate to recommend to anyone else. I will definitely be booking further courses with West Coast Mountain Guides, including planning a Skye Cuillin traverse.
    The quality of guiding...
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    Matt K 04 Nov 2019

    5 star rating Sgurr dubh Mor/Sgurr nan Eag An excellent day out in the mountains with West Coast Mountain guides. Having never scrambled or climbed prior to the day our expectations were exceeded. The guiding with Ken was excellent and well tailored to what we wanted to get out of the day. He was knowledgeable and we had full confidence in his ability to look after us on the mountains. A truly unique experience. Many thanks again for... read more

    middleearth123 03 Nov 2019
  • 5 star rating Skye guide October 2019 My experience with West coast mountain guides was first class. From the outset, Ken was accomodating and was particularly considerate of my objectives for the day. After carefully choosing the best weather day, we set a date and decided to go for it. We managed to achieve everything we set out to do and this was all down to Ken and his expertise. Ken also proved to be very knowledgeable... read more

    Edbrown92 28 Oct 2019

    5 star rating Skye Cuillins June 2019 First class mountain guiding with flexibility for changing dynamics in our mixed group and readiness to seize opportunities for good weather (always scarce on Skye). On our first morning on the Cuillins Ken got us all up the Inaccessible Pinnacle before we had a chance to get nervous about one of UK's premier mountaineering challenges. Ken is highly experienced, with rigorous attention to safety margins while pushing us... read more

    Lontra1 28 Oct 2019

    5 star rating Best Trip of our Vacation Ken was absolutely amazing. He promised us an amazing experience out in the mountains and just the right amount of adventure. He exceeded all of our expectations. I don't usually take time to write a review but this one deserves it. Thank you and see you next year!!!

    Alan16021602 18 Oct 2019

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