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

  • jkcninja Avatar

    5 star rating Excellent 4 days on the Black Cuillin Having had plenty of hill walking, alpine summer, sport climbing and winter off-piste experience I wanted something that was publicly open, and that would bridge the gap between different terrains, exposures and techniques. With no experience of 'mountaineering' or exposed scrambling and without the budget to go the 'full Alpine', West Coast Mountain Guides offered exactly what I wanted on home shores. I liaised with Ken well in advance as... read more

    jkcninja 14 May 2019
    IlonaEdinburgh Avatar

    5 star rating The Aonach Eagach; conquered My friend Nicola and I had a fantastic time with Josh of Westcoast Mountain Guides. He had to factor in that both of us had very varying degrees of experience and fitness. He got Nic to her 5th and 6th Munros and to my 182 and 183. He was very calm and measured and it was clear he was assessing our abilities but didn’t make either of feel inadequate or... read more

    IlonaEdinburgh 14 May 2019
    taighantuath Avatar

    5 star rating Great day on Blaven-Clach Glas traverse I booked with WCMG to do this as a warm up for a possible attempt at the Cuillin ridge in June. Organisation and communication was excellent and the day itself with guide Dave (Fowler) was a great experience despite the less than perfect weather (cold with the odd snow shower). Dave was great company, knowledgeable and professional. Most importantly I felt totally safe on something I... read more

    taighantuath 10 May 2019
  • Leggie67 Avatar

    5 star rating Ben Nevis We first thought of an Idea to climb the Ben as it’s referred too back last year, living in Cornwall we don’t have many big hills, so my wife said she would only trust me if we hired a guide. So I did and the contact has been great, including the call the day before to firm up our hopes and worries if any and a meeting place, with Andy.... read more

    Leggie67 03 May 2019
    lornak779 Avatar

    5 star rating Another year, another trip, another great experience with WCMG! What else can I say about WCMG! I’ve been climbing with them for the last 3 years and every year is a fantastic experience! We’ve been building up but this year we went for Tower Ridge, definitely a step up from previous years. Ken as usual was calm, measured, professional and gives much needed confidence. Always a great experience climbing with these guys. Can’t wait until next year already! Stevie... read more

    lornak779 27 Mar 2019
    Jon E Avatar

    5 star rating Awesome climbing in Lochaber with Westcoast Mountain Guides. Back from two great days of private guiding with Caspar with Westcoast Mountain Guides. The weather and conditions weren't great but then it wouldn't be Scottish Winter if they were. Can't expect blue sky and sunshine every trip as that would reduce the challenge of the experience. First day we were at the Nevis Range Gondola for 8am uplift to the top station and then the walk through... read more

    Jon E 26 Mar 2019
  • blairf8888 Avatar

    5 star rating Excellent technical and local knowledge to get the most out of your trip. Recently back from two fantastic winter days in the hills with Ken from West Coast Mountain Guides. First day, we tackled Stob Ban via its north ridge, before continuing to stay up high and reaching the summit of Sgurr Mhaim via the Devil's Ridge. On the second day, with strong winds, Ken suggested that we head east and head up the East Ridge of Beinn a'Chaorainn, which turned out to... read more

    blairf8888 26 Mar 2019
    samuelbail Avatar

    5 star rating Awesome day out! Great people. An awesome day out. Malcolm was really great and I appreciate both Ken and Malcolm taking the time to chat through the day in advance. Thank you!

    samuelbail 24 Mar 2019
    FraserR146 Avatar

    5 star rating September traverse of the Cuillin Ridge Overall, extremely impressive trip, superbly organised by Ken.
    We undertook the traverse with Jamie with only 1 out of 4 days offering good weather conditions. Despite taking on the traverse in less than ideal conditions, Jamie made us feel confident about doing it, and was always on hand to reassure when taking on the tricky sections. He was first class - communication, mountaineering knowledge / skills, and also had some good...
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    FraserR146 20 Mar 2019
  • ChrisScottBatey Avatar

    5 star rating Winter Ascent of Ben Nevis Easy to book with and very helpful organising our trip. Ben was easy to get hold of and gave us good advice in preparation for the trip.
    We went up the tourist route in snowy conditions and a blizzard so a guide was essential.
    We had an excellent guide called Hannah who was very safe, knowledgeable and fun. All in all a great day out...

    ChrisScottBatey 19 Mar 2019
    Dan C Avatar

    5 star rating Tower Ridge, Ben Nevis I had a wonderful experience climbing Tower Ridge with the expert guiding service provided by West Coast Mountain Guides. Ken is a skilled, competent and safe guide. He expertly navigated the route in challenging conditions. The booking process was seamless and Ken was very responsive to my many questions. West Coast Mountain Guides will be my guide service of choice for my next adventure into... read more

    Dan C 08 Mar 2019
    Al_Stel77 Avatar

    5 star rating Another excellent weekend in the mountains! Went out with Ken for three days in February, fourth year in a row for me and a couple of mates! It’s always a pleasure and an adventure. Whatever the conditions, I trust Ken to find us an exciting day out pitched to satisfyingly challenge our ability level, whilst keeping us safe in what can be very changeable conditions. Whatever your experience level, I’ve no doubt you will have an... read more

    Al_Stel77 07 Mar 2019

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.