Private Mountain Guiding and Instruction

Hire your private mountain guide.
Our high levels of qualifications and experience, coupled with excellent local knowledge and friendly approach will ensure safe and rewarding adventures.

Engaging the services of your private mountain guide, at anytime of the year, is available as a popular alternative to attending a set mountaineering course with other people. Together we will design a bespoke itinerary that will meet your requirements and help you to achieve your ambitions, whether you are an individual or part of a group.  The duration and location can be tailored to your requirements.

One of the main advantages of private mountain guiding is that is is delivered entirely around your aspirations. A flexible approach enables the pace of the course and level of challenge to be easily adjusted to match your ability and experience. This ensures that skills are developed progressively and at a suitable pace.

All of the mountain guides, instructors and leaders that we employ for all of our courses are all very active mountaineers and climbers. All have climbed and walked extensively throughout the UK and many have been on adventurous expeditions around the world. With such a wealth of experience, we will make sure that we find the right professional for you.

West Coast Mountain Guides enjoy the challenge of accommodating even the wildest requests; allow us to help provide you a safe and enjoyable time in the mountains.

Private mountain guiding and instruction ratios will depend on the type of activity requested. Prices will reflect the location, duration and number of people who want to participate. Please see below for our pricing structure. If you would like some help with your request or wish to discuss ideas and options with an experienced instructor, please get in touch.

Some examples of private mountain guiding include:

  • One day of 1:1 guided winter ice climbing at grade V on Ben Nevis (e.g. Point 5 Gully or Orion Direct)
  • One day of 1:1 guided winter climbing on Tower Ridge, Ben Nevis
  • Two days of 1:2 learning to lead winter climbs in Glencoe (e.g. Dorsal Arete or NC Gully)
  • Two days of 1:2 mountaineering preparation for Island Peak, Nepal (one day of fixed rope and abseil training in Glen Nevis, followed by one day of winter mountaineering on Beinn a’Chaorainn)
  • Three days of 1:4 (with a family) guided winter mountaineering in Lochaber (e.g. Ledge Route on Ben Nevis, School House Ridge in Glencoe)
  • Two days of 1:2 summer mountaineering on the Black Cuillin, Isle of Skye (e.g. Clach Glas-Blaven Traverse, Sgurr Mhic Choinnich-Inn Pinn-Sgurr na Banachdich)
  • Two days of 1:4 winter skills and basic alpine ropework in preparation for the Chamonix to Zermatt Walker’s Haute Route (skills day on Aonach Mor, making use of the gondola followed by a ropework day in Coire na Ciste, Ben Nevis)
  • One day of 1:1 guided hillwalking expedition to the remote Corbett; Ben Adan in Knoydart.

Guiding Tower Ridge in Winter

One of the most popular options for private mountain guiding in winter is the magnificent Tower Ridge on Ben Nevis. The below video features Alan Kimber, former owner and founder of West Cost Mountain Guides, climbing and describing the ascent of Tower Ridge.

Customer Reviews

  • 5 star rating Great Weekend with WCMG After some lean winter conditions it was great to arrive in Fort William and know that Ken had some ideas for our weekend climbing up his sleeve. Always adaptive to whats happening at any given point in the mountains Ken guided us up No3 Gully Buttress on day 1 and Tower Ridge on day 2 as conditions improved. Both as ever were done whilst passing on his vast knowledge and... read more

    jameshazelton 20 Feb 2020

    5 star rating Amazing ice climbing day out on Ben Nevis with Mark Scales My friend and I went for a multi-pitch ice climbing on Ben Nevis end of January with Mark (the guide) leading/equipping the entire route and us following behind on top-rope. It was the perfect amount of challenge for such a short trip and Mark has been really helpful with equipment and picked an amazing route for us. We were also really lucky with the conditions (it was sunny!!). Mark really... read more

    MarcR2938 19 Feb 2020

    5 star rating Private Winter Mountaineering This was our second trip with WCMG - highly recommend! This time we had two great days of private winter mountaineering in Glencoe with Dave Fowler! Dave was very professional and knowledgeable, and qualified to provide something a ‘wee bit more technical’ than just hillwalking (as Ken described it). We learnt a lot from him and felt safe despite the challenging conditions with stormy weather! On the first day we... read more

    Alverstone1907 16 Feb 2020
  • 5 star rating Private Winter Mountaineering Had a great three days for our private winter mountaineering course with Ken! Ken covered a variety of topics that allowed us to be more comfortable during Scottish winter conditions. Ken answered any and all of our questions - which there were many. We're really excited to use our new skills out in the Scottish Highlands thanks to West Coast Mountain Guides.

    manderswanders 12 Feb 2020

    5 star rating Bespoke Winter Mountaineering Skills Had a great time with Ken over three days and more importantly learned enough to greatly increase our confidence covering technical terrain in Winter. Despite the lean conditions this season, west coast mount guides worked with us to pick the best days. With the private guiding we were able to tailor the routes to focus on the skills we wanted to learn. First day on the Ben covering crampon... read more

    willbD6611NX 12 Feb 2020

    5 star rating Introductory snow and ice climb Glencoe Nothing but positive feedback. The guide was first class and we really enjoyed the day. He judged the situation perfectly.

    RAS-D42 11 Feb 2020
  • 5 star rating Cracking Winter Skills day Fantastic day with Andy on the North face of Ben Nevis making best use of the snow conditions to learn a variety of winter skills. Very pleased we booked privately as the extra attention allowed us to push ourselves and get some really valuable feedback. Great too to see the emphasis on practice of footwork without crampons and making decisions for the day. Andy's knowledge and enthusiasm was faultless, really... read more

    SJF_Scotland 10 Feb 2020

    5 star rating Westcoast came up with the goods once again It's no coincidence that even in very thin winter climbing conditions, westcoast find routes that still deliver. The proof is that the following day you will see everyone else queuing up to do the route you did the day before.
    Professional outift

    Neil M 10 Feb 2020

    5 star rating Will keep coming back to these guys again and again. I was so impressed when I climbed with Ken from West Coast Mountain Guides last year that I came back again this year and would only use him. Ever professional, friendly, knowledgable and patient, Ken really is a great guide and has built a great company here. With me being fairly new to the scene, Ken is slowly building up the grade of routes and in-turn, my confidence and knowledge.... read more

    Nick B 09 Feb 2020
  • 5 star rating Outstanding Guided Climbs around Fort William I spend 4 days with 2 different West Coast guides (Dave and Niels). They were both terrific, I learned an incredible amount in a short time and would highly recommend. The weather was softer/wetter than I hoped but it didn't stop us finding lots of places to have fun. The guides were very responsive to my matching my development needs to the changeable weather conditions. They are both incredible... read more

    Jonathan R 05 Feb 2020

    5 star rating Winter mountaineering trip up the Ben Ken & West Coast Mountain guides organised an absolutely fantastic couple of days with their guide, Stuart, for myself and my 9-year old son and a friend and his son. We all learnt a lot and gained in confidence for tackling the hills in the winter, which was the objective, including all sorts of winter skills & poor visibility navigation. Ken offered great advice and support pre trip & Stuart... read more

    roryfyfe 04 Feb 2020

    5 star rating The best two days on a mountain Ever I just wanted to message and say what an amazing couple of days we had with Mark and West Coast Mountain Guides. We couldn't have asked for anything more!! Mark was great with us, not just guiding but also coaching us along a bit. Giles and I have both said that they were two of the best days we have ever spent on a mountain. Western Rib and Tower Ridge... read more

    Y8249ATmattf 26 Jan 2020

Private Mountain Guiding in the UK

All prices are per guide per day.

Year Round Hillwalking and Skills (no ropework involved)

  • 1:1
  • 1:2
    £230.00 (£115/person)
  • 1:3
    £250.00 (£84/person)
  • 1:4
    £270.00 (£67.50/person)
  • 1:5+
    £290.00 (£58/person or less)

Year Round Mountaineering and Climbing (ropework involved)

  • 1:1
  • 1:2
    £250.00 (£125/person)
  • 1:3
    £270.00 (£90/person)
  • 1:4
    £290 (£72.50/person)

Please get in touch if you have any specific requirements or would like prices for larger groups.