Scottish Summer Mountain Courses

Climbing and mountaineering in the Scotland is hard to beat. From soaring great ridges to classic road side rock climbing; join us for a mountain adventure to remember.

When it comes to mountaineering, Scotland is the jewel of the UK. Here we have so many interesting and varying routes to iconic mountains tops we are almost spoilt for choice! Below is simply a sample of what West Coast Mountain Guides can offer you, picking three classic mountain challenges to suit different levels of aspirations. Out-with these adventures we accept the challenge to create your bespoke adventure – get in touch to make yours happen!

All of our guides and instructors that work on our Scottish summer courses have excellent local knowledge accumulated over many years of personal climbing and walking in the mountains. Their aim is to make the most of each day and the prevailing weather conditions meaning participants will gain useful insights on how to plan your day and get the best out of it.


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