West Coast Mountain Guides

Professionally delivered mountain guiding, winter & summer mountaineering, climbing, hiking & walking courses in Scotland & Norway

  • Book private guiding or small group courses
  • All of our guides and instructors are fully qualified, and members of The Association of Mountaineering Instructors or British Mountain Guides
  • Options from guided walks to advanced climbing courses
  • Available all year round
  • Operating within Scottish Government Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance click here for more details
  • Mountaineering and hiking Gift Vouchers available

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Scottish & Norwegian Mountaineering & Climbing Courses

West Coast Mountain Guides is based in the Scottish Highland town of Fort William, which lies in the Lochaber region. The company was established in 1988 by IFMGA & British Mountain Guide, Alan Kimber. Since then West Coast Mountain Guides have been delivering friendly and professional hillwalking, mountaineering and climbing courses and instruction throughout the year on Ben Nevis, in Glencoe, on Skye, in Torridon and overseas.

Our instructors and guides have the highest levels of mountaineering qualifications recognised throughout the UK (AMI) and abroad (IFMGA). Not only are they all fully qualified, they are also great company in the mountains and keen to share their passion, experience and knowledge throughout your course.

During the winter months, we specialise in private mountain guiding and guiding walkers up Ben Nevis as well as Scottish mixed and ice climbing instruction at introductory and advanced levels, winter mountaineering and winter skills and hillwalking courses for all abilities. We also offer guided weeks of ice climbing for those just looking to tick off classic winter climbs.

Our Scottish winter mountain courses are based out of Fort William, with great access to the mountains of Lochaber, including Ben Nevis, Creag Meagaidh and Glen Coe.

We are also pleased to introduce our Norway ice climbing week, which will be based in Hemsedal. Hemsedal is regarded as the cradle for ice climbing in Norway and with over 100 icefalls, reliable conditions and short approaches, it’s easy to see why!

During the Spring, Summer & Autumn, our instructors and guides deliver hillwalking holidays, scrambling and rock climbing instruction in and around the local mountains of Lochaber. We offer guided walks up Ben Nevis as well as guided traverses of the Aonach Eagach and ascents of Tower Ridge and Curved Ridge amongst many others.

We are also proud to provide professional and fully qualified scrambling and climbing guides on the Isle of Skye where we guide aspiring mountaineers along the traverse the formidable Cuillin Ridge and ascend its challenging summits and Munros including the In Pinn.

Our guiding team also spends plenty of time in the magnificent mountains of Torridon and the North West Highlands, including Liathach, Beinn Alligin, and An Teallach. For these and other bespoke trips, we offer private mountain guiding and where the only limitations are your imagination and aspirations.

So if you’re looking for a walking guide for Ben Nevis, a mountaineering course to learn about efficient ropework, instruction in introductory winter skills to be able to safely head out hillwalking in the snow and ice, a guide to tackle a two-day traverse of the Skye Cuillin Ridge or be guided up a number of classic grade V ice climbs on Ben Nevis on our CIC Hut Week, we are here to help you fulfil your ambitions and reach your goals.

We also provide the perfect present for an adventurous friend or relation: As well as being 5* rated mountain guides, We also provide the perfect present for an adventurous friend or relation: Gift Vouchers that are redeemable against any of our courses or Private Guiding.

Customer Reviews

  • 5 star rating Cuillen Ridge I booked a trip with West coast, my guide was Josh who has an amazing amount of experience, he's climbed the popular Cuillen mountains around 150 times, thats more than all the mountains and hills I've walked in total.He was friendly and gave excellent advice on kit and equipment, the area and formation of the mountains, what their names mean etc.Unfortunately I didn't get to do the full ridge but... read more

    Ty F. 19 Jun 2022

    We had such a fantastic two days traversing the Cuillin ridge with Alex from WCMG. Alex asked about our aims and got to know our level of experience really quickly. He chose a route that pushed us just enough so that the traverse felt challenging but made sure that we always felt totally safe, and provided encouragement when needed! He was great company and we are very grateful for his... read more

    Abi J. 17 Jun 2022

    5 star rating Cuillin Ridge I had booked 6 months in advance to get the famous Dave Fowler from West Coast Mountain Guides. I booked with a friend, so we were a group of three. We were really privileged to have Dave, he is a real expert and was happy to chat with us in preparation for the adventure. We booked Monday to Wednesday on the Cuillin Ridge. The forecast was poor, so Dave offered... read more

    Perry J. 17 Jun 2022
  • 5 star rating Incredible Cuillin ridge traverse We had such a fantastic two days traversing the Cuillin ridge with Alex from WCMG. Alex asked about our aims and got to know our level of experience really quickly. He chose a route that pushed us just enough so that the traverse felt challenging but made sure that we always felt totally safe, and provided encouragement when needed! He was great company and we are very grateful for his... read more

    Abi J. 17 Jun 2022

    My daughter and I enjoyed a fantastic day on the In Pinn with our guide Adam. He very quickly allayed any doubts that I had about being able to complete this climb with his professional, yet relaxed manner. His enthusiasm has definitely made us want to book more adventures with WCMG

    Susan V. 14 Jun 2022

    5 star rating Excellent - would definitely recommend and use again. Great day with guided ascent of the In Pinn on Skye. Jamie our guide was excellent - kept me and my son on track & safe throughout the day. WCMG were first-class to deal with - always replied promptly to emails, prepared a Gift Voucher for the climb to use as a Birthday present, and were very flexible in arranging a suitable date.

    AndyH3107 06 Jun 2022
  • 5 star rating Excellent My guide, Ken, was really encouraging and knowledgeable about Ben Nevis, and was a reassurance for me, since I was nervous about the exposure on the Tower Ridge. However, I felt safe and in good hands for all the climbing.

    samuelvA3464WY 02 Jun 2022

    5 star rating Climbing the 5 northern Munros Just to say what an amazing calm safe time I had with Karl (your Guide)completing the Northern 5 and hence the Cuillin Munro's despite pretty imperfect weather.Karl seemed very chilled on the high places and gave me confidence so I felt fairly relaxed-completely recommend west coast mountain guides

    juliebC9156VU 26 May 2022

    5 star rating Knowledge of the mountains Amazing day with a very knowledgeable guide from WCMG. Bagged Sgúrr Dearg (In Pinn) in a difficult weather, but security was always a priority. I had the best time on the mountain !

    Chimilie 18 May 2022
  • 5 star rating Brilliant guidance on the best mountain ridge in the UK. We were fortunate enough to attempt and complete the 2 day ridge traverse over the weekend, and I just want to express our thanks to our guide Josh Robinson. Before the trip, he ensured we were prepared with all the correct gear and managed our expectations. During the traverse his technical skills were flawless, as was his navigation in what were difficult conditions on Saturday. He was great to get... read more

    mikebQ9513IU 18 May 2022

    5 star rating Dreams made possible An an absolutely amazing trip, ten summits over four days (including the iconic In Pin) all made possible by two outstanding guides Dave & Josh, Thank you both

    Dream12655844947 09 May 2022

    All the good things:
    Good course descriptions.
    Good communication on booking and meeting up.
    Competitive pricing.
    Extremely knowledgeable guides regarding terrain
    Guides are technically competent and skilled.
    Guides merge into group and are really friendly, no them and us.
    When required to be the guides were clear and decisive.
    If it safe to do so they go out in rain, hail and shine.
    They provided a really challenging and enjoyable experience
    All the negative things:
    Absolutely NONE

    Colin J. 08 May 2022

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