• 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

  • Nick B Avatar

    5 star rating The only correct choice for Ben nevis My friend and I have just come back from Scotland having been guided along the ledge route and no4 gully of Ben nevis by Ken from west coast mountain guides and from now on no other will do, they are friendly, professional and make you feel very safe, settled and confident. 11/10 all round! I enjoyed meeting our guide almost as much as the climb.

    Nick B 18 Feb 2019
    Peter J Avatar

    5 star rating Three days in Scotland I have just spent three days being guided by Ken Applegate in the Southern Highlands and Ben Nevis area.
    I was very impressed with the professional way in which the trip was both organised and carried out.
    Communication from the start was excellent.
    The choice of routes factoring in the changeable weather was impressive and most enjoyable.
    The guiding on the routes was excellent and I always felt safe.
    I would happily recommend West Coast...
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    Peter J 08 Feb 2019
    diveshark1 Avatar

    5 star rating Extremely Competent Company and Staff I had initial contact with Ken who was brilliant in dealing with my multiple emails and questions. I had inquired about the winter skills course. Ken sent on some good documentation outlining what is covered in the course and our requirements regarding equipment, clothing, level of experience etc. The information was very good and made me want to book. Ken also gave advice on accommodation and the rental of... read more

    diveshark1 07 Feb 2019
  • ox_the Avatar

    5 star rating Fantastic Introduction to Winter Climbing Course Me and my friend recently just completed the introduction to winter climbing course with Ken and Ollie. I would thoroughly recommend this course to anyone looking to develop skills and learn a vast amount of new knowledge ranging from everything from climbing, rope work, equipment choice, avalanche awareness, types of snow, route choice and much more. The course is physically demanding and incredibly rewarding. I'll certainly book with Ken and... read more

    ox_the 06 Feb 2019
    mcoolpine Avatar

    5 star rating Curved Ridge winter climbing day out Fantastic day out, great location and great guiding. Felt safe and also well challenged throughout.
    All communication inngetting organized was clear and prompt with Ken.
    Will definitely use again and recommend.

    mcoolpine 05 Feb 2019
    Oli N Avatar

    5 star rating Introduction to mountaineering Myself and a friend have just completed a 5 day training course with Ken from West Coast Mountain Guides. We were both fairly new to winter climbing, and were looking for some teaching of the basics along with practical experience. Ken delivered exactly this, we had a great week, learnt a lot, climbed some great routes, and gained some mountain fitness. I would 100% recommend this course for anyone looking... read more

    Oli N 04 Feb 2019
  • 394JamesG394 Avatar

    5 star rating Professional and friendly mountain guiding Having decided to take a guided ascent up Ben Nevis this January, West Coast Mountain Guides seemed like the best option and our experience proved why. Ken who heads the company, was great with his communication and the process of booking, whilst Sally, our guide up the CMD Arete was experienced and knowledgeable, providing information on snow, general weather and terrain as well as about climbing. She was also very... read more

    394JamesG394 04 Feb 2019
    outblueyonder Avatar

    5 star rating Brilliant 3 days of winter climbing Many Thanks to West Coast Mountain Guides for the fab 3 days I had winter climbing. First day was on Dorsal Arete and I got the opportunity to develop my skills in setting up belays and various anchor points and learning from Konrad, the instructor the layered system of doing belays. Invaluable knowledge and these skills will certainly help me in my future climbing. 2nd and 3rd day was on... read more

    outblueyonder 03 Feb 2019
    IanAFennell Avatar

    5 star rating Winter Mountaineering Course We had a fantastic 5 days in the mountains on the Winter Mountaineering course. Henry was an expert guide and taught us loads over the week. Everything was well planned and despite the harsh conditions we felt safe throughout. I would highly recommend to anyone looking to expand their skill set. Our aim was to be ready for our Mont Blanc trip in June and we definitely achieved that.

    IanAFennell 03 Feb 2019
  • Conrad k Avatar

    5 star rating Mont Blanc training day This was my second time that I have had private 1:1 guiding from Ken of West Coast Mountain Guides. The first time was a truly fantastic day and here I was again. Yet again, Ken excelled with his expertise and I had yet another amazing day. His vast wealth of experience is just so evident with the way he guided me knowing exactly what I was going through and adapted... read more

    Conrad k 01 Feb 2019
    Stevie8888 Avatar

    5 star rating Ben Nevis trek Just completed a trek up Ben Nevis last weekend all with the expert help and guidance of Ken & Sally our guide for the day, what an experience to trek Ben Nevis is challenging conditions and this would not have been possible without Ken’s input and guidance !
    Thank you so much Ken & Sally can’t wait for our next adventure which hopefully will be the west coast highland trek
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    Stevie8888 31 Jan 2019
    jpsoya Avatar

    5 star rating Ben Nevis Fully recommend West Coast Mountain Guides. Ken was very helpful throughout the booking process and responded to questions super quickly and gave great advice. On the day, Hannah got us up and down Ben Nevis in tough conditions. She was knowledgeable, safety conscious and great company. We will certainly be contacting WCMG for our next trip.

    jpsoya 27 Jan 2019


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