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

  • Peter J Avatar

    5 star rating Three days in Scotland I have just spent three days being guided by Ken Applegate in the Southern Highlands and Ben Nevis area.
    I was very impressed with the professional way in which the trip was both organised and carried out.
    Communication from the start was excellent.
    The choice of routes factoring in the changeable weather was impressive and most enjoyable.
    The guiding on the routes was excellent and I always felt safe.
    I would happily recommend West Coast...
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    Peter J 08 Feb 2019
    diveshark1 Avatar

    5 star rating Extremely Competent Company and Staff I had initial contact with Ken who was brilliant in dealing with my multiple emails and questions. I had inquired about the winter skills course. Ken sent on some good documentation outlining what is covered in the course and our requirements regarding equipment, clothing, level of experience etc. The information was very good and made me want to book. Ken also gave advice on accommodation and the rental of... read more

    diveshark1 07 Feb 2019
    ox_the Avatar

    5 star rating Fantastic Introduction to Winter Climbing Course Me and my friend recently just completed the introduction to winter climbing course with Ken and Ollie. I would thoroughly recommend this course to anyone looking to develop skills and learn a vast amount of new knowledge ranging from everything from climbing, rope work, equipment choice, avalanche awareness, types of snow, route choice and much more. The course is physically demanding and incredibly rewarding. I'll certainly book with Ken and... read more

    ox_the 06 Feb 2019
  • mcoolpine Avatar

    5 star rating Curved Ridge winter climbing day out Fantastic day out, great location and great guiding. Felt safe and also well challenged throughout.
    All communication inngetting organized was clear and prompt with Ken.
    Will definitely use again and recommend.

    mcoolpine 05 Feb 2019
    Oli N Avatar

    5 star rating Introduction to mountaineering Myself and a friend have just completed a 5 day training course with Ken from West Coast Mountain Guides. We were both fairly new to winter climbing, and were looking for some teaching of the basics along with practical experience. Ken delivered exactly this, we had a great week, learnt a lot, climbed some great routes, and gained some mountain fitness. I would 100% recommend this course for anyone looking... read more

    Oli N 04 Feb 2019
    394JamesG394 Avatar

    5 star rating Professional and friendly mountain guiding Having decided to take a guided ascent up Ben Nevis this January, West Coast Mountain Guides seemed like the best option and our experience proved why. Ken who heads the company, was great with his communication and the process of booking, whilst Sally, our guide up the CMD Arete was experienced and knowledgeable, providing information on snow, general weather and terrain as well as about climbing. She was also very... read more

    394JamesG394 04 Feb 2019
  • outblueyonder Avatar

    5 star rating Brilliant 3 days of winter climbing Many Thanks to West Coast Mountain Guides for the fab 3 days I had winter climbing. First day was on Dorsal Arete and I got the opportunity to develop my skills in setting up belays and various anchor points and learning from Konrad, the instructor the layered system of doing belays. Invaluable knowledge and these skills will certainly help me in my future climbing. 2nd and 3rd day was on... read more

    outblueyonder 03 Feb 2019
    IanAFennell Avatar

    5 star rating Winter Mountaineering Course We had a fantastic 5 days in the mountains on the Winter Mountaineering course. Henry was an expert guide and taught us loads over the week. Everything was well planned and despite the harsh conditions we felt safe throughout. I would highly recommend to anyone looking to expand their skill set. Our aim was to be ready for our Mont Blanc trip in June and we definitely achieved that.

    IanAFennell 03 Feb 2019
    Conrad k Avatar

    5 star rating Mont Blanc training day This was my second time that I have had private 1:1 guiding from Ken of West Coast Mountain Guides. The first time was a truly fantastic day and here I was again. Yet again, Ken excelled with his expertise and I had yet another amazing day. His vast wealth of experience is just so evident with the way he guided me knowing exactly what I was going through and adapted... read more

    Conrad k 01 Feb 2019
  • Stevie8888 Avatar

    5 star rating Ben Nevis trek Just completed a trek up Ben Nevis last weekend all with the expert help and guidance of Ken & Sally our guide for the day, what an experience to trek Ben Nevis is challenging conditions and this would not have been possible without Ken’s input and guidance !
    Thank you so much Ken & Sally can’t wait for our next adventure which hopefully will be the west coast highland trek
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    Stevie8888 31 Jan 2019
    jpsoya Avatar

    5 star rating Ben Nevis Fully recommend West Coast Mountain Guides. Ken was very helpful throughout the booking process and responded to questions super quickly and gave great advice. On the day, Hannah got us up and down Ben Nevis in tough conditions. She was knowledgeable, safety conscious and great company. We will certainly be contacting WCMG for our next trip.

    jpsoya 27 Jan 2019
    Neil M Avatar

    5 star rating Tailored winter climbing I've climbed with West Coast on four separate occasions now - One thing that stands out more than most is the quality of their guiding and coaching. These guys and girls aren't just top guides they're top people who care about you enjoying your experience and growing as a mountain person. I've come on leaps and bounds as a climber thanks to them. The best complement I can give..... I'm... read more

    Neil M 26 Jan 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.