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 Aonach Eagach Traverse Had a fantastic day out on the Aonach Eagach ridge traverse with Ken guiding. I booked very last minute but found the company to be extremely accommodating of this. It was my first time doing any real scrambling and I would not hesitate to recommend to anyone else. I will definitely be booking further courses with West Coast Mountain Guides, including planning a Skye Cuillin traverse.
    The quality of guiding...
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    Matt K 04 Nov 2019

    5 star rating Sgurr dubh Mor/Sgurr nan Eag An excellent day out in the mountains with West Coast Mountain guides. Having never scrambled or climbed prior to the day our expectations were exceeded. The guiding with Ken was excellent and well tailored to what we wanted to get out of the day. He was knowledgeable and we had full confidence in his ability to look after us on the mountains. A truly unique experience. Many thanks again for... read more

    middleearth123 03 Nov 2019

    5 star rating Skye guide October 2019 My experience with West coast mountain guides was first class. From the outset, Ken was accomodating and was particularly considerate of my objectives for the day. After carefully choosing the best weather day, we set a date and decided to go for it. We managed to achieve everything we set out to do and this was all down to Ken and his expertise. Ken also proved to be very knowledgeable... read more

    Edbrown92 28 Oct 2019
  • 5 star rating Skye Cuillins June 2019 First class mountain guiding with flexibility for changing dynamics in our mixed group and readiness to seize opportunities for good weather (always scarce on Skye). On our first morning on the Cuillins Ken got us all up the Inaccessible Pinnacle before we had a chance to get nervous about one of UK's premier mountaineering challenges. Ken is highly experienced, with rigorous attention to safety margins while pushing us... read more

    Lontra1 28 Oct 2019

    5 star rating Best Trip of our Vacation Ken was absolutely amazing. He promised us an amazing experience out in the mountains and just the right amount of adventure. He exceeded all of our expectations. I don't usually take time to write a review but this one deserves it. Thank you and see you next year!!!

    Alan16021602 18 Oct 2019

    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

Private Mountain Guiding in the UK

All prices are per guide per day.

Year Round Hillwalking and Skills (no ropework involved)

  • 1:1
    £210.00
  • 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
    £230.00
  • 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.