• 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 Cuillin Ridge Sept 2019 I had a fantastic experience going around the Cuillin ridge with Ken for a few days in Sept.
    I had booked onto one of the courses but as the date got closer Ken had confirmed that I was the only person booked in, very refreshing to hear from Ken that he was more than happy for it just it be me and it was not an issue. Great customer service....
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    dazthebagger 17 Oct 2019

    5 star rating Guided ascents of Inaccessible Pinnacle and Am Basteir Our guide, Tom Sylvester was first rate. He was enthusiastic but reassuring to my nervous wife who wasn't at all sure she really wanted to go up the In Pinn. The ascent was expertly led and now she feels so chuffed to have done it. Next day was wet and I found Am Basteir much more difficult than on my previous, dry, ascents but Tom provided the necessary expertise for... read more

    PetesBeat 03 Oct 2019

    5 star rating Ben Nevis 21st Sept Had a wonderful experience with West Coast Mountain Guides, our guide Si
    was very informative and patient. He met us at our Hotel and escorted us to
    Morrisons for some provisions. Cannot thank him enough for an amazing day, the weather was very kind to us and the views breath taking. Highly recommended.

    Julie S 03 Oct 2019
  • 5 star rating Aonach Eagach Ridge I can’t recommend them enough.
    Jon the guide was very knowledgable, professional and also provided a good laugh.
    You could ask him anything about the mountains and the Aonach Eagach ridge and you would get an answer.

    homar6 24 Sep 2019

    5 star rating Brilliant Guiding Ali was a great guide, weather was poor but he still managed to get me up all 11 of the Cuillins in three days. Process of booking via WCMG was good and was kept informed throughout.

    RichMountain 23 Sep 2019

    5 star rating Great guides in challenging weather I have booked the Cuillin Munros course to add those 11 difficult munros to my Munro list. I was hoping for great weather in September, but Scottish weather has a mind of its own:D It was raining all the time and wind was very strong at times. We were a big group of 8 people - started as complete strangers - finished the mountains as a happy, great working team.... read more

    Katarzyna Anna K 23 Sep 2019
  • 5 star rating Curved Ridge scramble West Coast Mountain Guides are a great team, very responsive and accurate from initial inquiries all the way through to the day of the climb. The route had to be changed the day before due to weather and Ken was very clear about what we would be doing, where we would be, and what to bring for the trip. Malcolm was a patient, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic guide who shared his... read more

    forrest-kirkpatrick 18 Sep 2019

    5 star rating Great experience all around! Dear Ken and Malcolm,
    We just wanted to say a huge thank you for our great adventure on Saturday up Curved Ridge.

    Even though we were quite unlucky with the weather, we thought that you really put an effort in making sure we had a great time regardless of the weather – both with regards to the support and communication via email ahead of the day and the guiding...
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    cbonsi 18 Sep 2019

    5 star rating Epic hike into the Knoydart wilderness West Coast Mountain Guides are a great outfit. I got in touch with them to organise a bespoke hiking trip for myself and 3 friends with mixed abilities and goals - my own was to get out in to the wild and summit a few munros which needed to be balanced with a more "relax and enjoy nature" approach of the others. They were hands on from the start and... read more

    geonwilliams 15 Sep 2019
  • 5 star rating guided trip on the in pin booked one day 1.1 guide for the accent of the in pin with west coast early 2019 every think went according to plan the weather helped being a nice sunny day my guide for the day was Josh who put me at ease from the start as i am not a climber the accent of the in pin was clearly explained to me as was the approach i would... read more

    KNOTTA12 10 Sep 2019

    5 star rating Mountain guide and accommodation. This is the second time I have used West Coast Mountain Guides for my climb of the Ledge Route of Ben Nevis.
    On both occasions I have been delighted with both their hospitality and their professionalism .
    This year our mountain Guide Mehmet made us both feel very competent in completing our climb.
    After all our safety checks including clothing etc, we made our way to the base of our climb. All...
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    75deborah2015 07 Sep 2019

    5 star rating 11 Munros on the Syke Cuillin Ridge with my son and Ken from WCM Guides Booked Ken from West Coast Mountain Guides for 3 days on the Skye Cuillin Ridge in July. Ken provided plenty of advice beforehand and booking was easy via the WCM Guides web-site. I had 11 Munros on Skye and 1 on Mull to complete my first Munro round. Met Ken at Sligachan to climb the first 3 Munros from there on Day 1 with my son and Ken. Second... read more

    Borthwick37 02 Sep 2019


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