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

  • 1489a123 Avatar

    5 star rating Awesome winter summit of "The Ben"! My husband and I did a winter ascent of The Ben on 1/2/19 and it was totally awesome! Our guide Mehmet was wonderful, very knowledgeable, and I highly recomment West Coast Mountain Guides if you're thinking of conquering The Ben in winter. Great experience!

    1489a123 17 Jan 2019
    usaadventure Avatar

    5 star rating Ben Nevis Winter Climb Dec 2018 For the second consecutive year, my son & I included a winter climb with West Coast Mountain Guides to our travel plans. On both occasions the overall experience exceeded our expectations. Ken is extremely knowledgeable and professional - you'll be in safe hands under his guidance & leadership. I'd highly recommend West Coast Mountain Guides to lead your next adventure.

    usaadventure 16 Jan 2019
    3rdGirl Avatar

    5 star rating Guided trek up Ben Nevis Dec 2018 I found West Coast Mountain Guides via a Google search. Ken was helpful and responsive to my questions and we booked a guide for 3 of us to trek up Ben Nevis on Dec 28th. Sally was excellent as our guide: knowledgable, sensible, cheerful, practical, good pace, accommodating of our different needs and able to put up with our chattering and different fitness levels! The kit list on the web... read more

    3rdGirl 14 Jan 2019
  • SimonK3655 Avatar

    5 star rating Amazing winter hike We wanted to finish the West Highland Way by climbing Ben Nevis. Because of the infamous Scottish winter weather we decided to book a private tour with West Coast Mountain Guides and never regretted doing so. Ken was very fast in answering all our questions and even managed to comply with a last minute change of dates. Our guide Ben did an amazing job and made us feel safe despite... read more

    SimonK3655 22 Dec 2018
    dnhmain Avatar

    5 star rating 4 days of snow and adventure Just completed a fabulous 4 days mountaineering course with Ken as our knowledgeable guide. The recent weather meant that the snow pack generally wasn't the best but Ken's knowledge of the area meant that he found us the locations with the conditions we needed to experience and learn the skills we would need to climb and move safely in the snow and ice. We did 3 great routes on 'The... read more

    dnhmain 14 Dec 2018
    Passport48018248467 Avatar

    5 star rating Skye Scramble West Coast Mountain Guides took Sophie and I scrambling up into The Cuillin for a day at the very end of November, something Sophie and I would never have done on our own. We’re both experienced outdoors, but armchair mountaineers, so asked them to “take us out our comfort zone”. Ken definitely did that and, after discussing a few view various route options with us, settled on guiding us up... read more

    Passport48018248467 02 Dec 2018
  • 155ok Avatar

    5 star rating Winter climbing Another great day with West Coast Mountain Guides. Always go the extra mile to make sure the trip goes to plan. Can’t recommend highly enough.

    155ok 26 Nov 2018
    sashah Avatar

    5 star rating Great day . Decided to book a guide to escort my husband and me up Ben Nevis . Ken was very prompt in responding to our enquiry and gave us all the relevant information that we needed.Once booked he then got in touch nearer the time and told us Hannah would be our guide.She phoned us the afternoon prior to our hike , introduced herself and answered all our questions. Hannah's knowledge and... read more

    sashah 14 Nov 2018
    Cruiser36721815477 Avatar

    5 star rating Unforgettable experience Ken took me and my son up the north face ledge route to the top of Ben Nevis. It was a fantastic experience for my 50th and my son’s 18th birthdays. I would definitely recommend doing something like this rather than taking the standard tourist route. It was a challenge - particularly with the snow and ice - but Ken is so experienced he makes it manageable.
    We used some... read more

    Cruiser36721815477 31 Oct 2018
  • enjoylife42016 Avatar

    5 star rating Wonderful Service I was quite a painful customer as had a choice of two days, but ended up having to do it on the day we intended to drive home, because of the weather conditions, so needed an early start. Ken replied to ALL my e mails and phoned me, so I felt reassured that we would be able to complete our last peak and the 10 hour drive had been worth... read more

    enjoylife42016 29 Oct 2018
    MarkH2458 Avatar

    5 star rating Safe and professional We booked a private guide for two people for a week of scrambling on the Skye Cuillin. Our aim was to climb as many of the 11 Munros on the main Cuillin ridge as we could in five days.
    Despite some pretty bad weather conditions, we managed to get out for some scrambling every day, and succeeded in climbing 8 of the 11.
    We were very happy with our guide Andy Hogarth,... read more

    MarkH2458 04 Oct 2018
    caroleengel Avatar

    5 star rating Lashed on Liathach I am a hill bagger attempting to climb all the Munros, tops and deleted tops – some 601 in total. Now almost half way through this wonderful challenge, I have had quite a bit of walking experience but possess very little expertise in scrambling and heaven forbid, climbing. Consequently, I asked Ken to help me over a couple of the trickier routes being the An Teallach ridge and Meall Dearg... read more

    caroleengel 30 Sep 2018

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
    £220.00 (£110/person)
  • 1:3
    £240.00 (£80/person)
  • 1:4
    £260.00 (£65/person)
  • 1:5+
    £280.00 (£56/person)

Year Round Mountaineering and Climbing (ropework involved)

  • 1:1
  • 1:2
    £240.00 (£120/person)
  • 1:3
    £260.00 (£87/person)
  • 1:4
    £280.00 (£70/person)

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