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 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
  • 5 star rating Fantastic ascent of the Choinnich and Inn Pinn For our first visit to the Isle of Skye we decided to look into booking a guide for a days walking in the Cuillins. Although, I have a fear of heights, we booked up the trip to the Inn Pinn, as it looked very scenic and exiting, and I was reassured by Ken at West Coast Mountain Guides that I could wait at the base while my husband did the... read more

    Alverstone1907 27 Aug 2019

    5 star rating Two Austrians in Scotland We had two great days with Iain - thank you so much.
    Day one - Buachaille Etive Mor, Curved Ridge and Crowberry Tower.
    Day two - Ben Nevis via Tower Ridge and descend by Ledge route.
    Wanted to climb Agag's Groove, looks like a cool climb but was too wet.
    Everything was organized perfectly in advance (thanks to Ben and Ken).
    Iain's knowledge of mountaineering and the area is excellent and he showed us...
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    Scots260 24 Aug 2019

    5 star rating Liathach traverse Booked a guide for the Liathach traverse through West Coast Mountain Guides. The booking was arranged at short notice, with good communication from Ken throughout. The guide Jonty was excellent, good knowledge of the ridge and made it a great experience, even in not great conditions! Highly Recommended!

    jonm962 10 Aug 2019
  • 5 star rating Ascent of the Inn Pinn The time on the Cuillins with Ollie was superb. Ollie was very knowledgable both of the area and of mountaineering in general. We picked up a lot of invaluable knowledge about mountain navigation, ropework/abseiling techniques, and also about the geography of Skye and surrounding islands that can be seen from the top of the Cuillins. 
    All in all a great experience and would recommend West Coast Mountain Guides and Ollie to...
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    cheesetoastie87 26 Jul 2019

    5 star rating Cuillin Munros We had a memorable holiday, achieving everything we aimed to do and cannot thank our West Coast Mountain guide Julie enough for making it such a success. Her technical skill and knowledge, confidence, humour, patience and informal approach made us feel at ease from the start. Nothing was a bother and she kept to our pace. We can also report Julie's instruction and manner won praise and thanks from... read more

    L0F2A35 25 Jul 2019

    5 star rating Aonach Eagach and Curved Ridge delight! First the Aonach Eagach in August 2018 followed a few months later on (June 2019) by the Curved Ridge ascent as a 40th birthday present 🙂
    The AO traverse went perfect! Couldn’t have asked for anything more! Iain’s knowledge of the route was obvious from the outset which helped me calm my nerves a little bit (couldn’t sleep the night before from the adrenaline coupled up with my worry that I’ll...
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    holidaymakerTM79 23 Jul 2019

Private Mountain Guiding in the UK

All prices are per guide per day.

Year Round Hillwalking and Skills (no ropework involved)

  • 1:1
    £200.00
  • 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
    £220.00
  • 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.