• Ben Nevis Guided Walks

    Join us for a hike to the summit of the highest mountain in the UK

  • The Black Cuillins,
    Isle of Skye

    Traverse the Cuillin Ridge or climb the Skye Munros

  • Classic routes on
    Ben Nevis & in Glencoe

    CMD, Ledge Route, Tower Ridge, Curved Ridge, the Aonach Eagach

  • Winter Mountaineering & Climbing Courses for all levels

    From winter hillwalking to winter climbing or a week in the Ben Nevis CIC Hut

  • Private Guiding
    - Anytime, Anywhere

    Bespoke courses and guiding to match your aspirations

  • Ice Climbing in Hemsedal, Norway

    Climb some of the most beautiful icefalls Norway has to offer



Professionally delivered mountain guiding, winter & summer mountaineering and climbing courses in Scotland and Norway.

June 2021 COVID-19 Update:

•West Coast Mountain Guides Ltd. are open and taking bookings.
•We are taking bookings as normal and will reschedule or refund if travel restrictions don’t allow you to travel to the Highlands.
•Please ask if you have any questions.
•To see our Coronavirus and SARS-CoV-2 precautions, please click here.

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 and 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 fulfill your ambitions and reach your goals.

Customer Reviews

  • 5 star rating Aonach Eagach, great day out. Easy booking and great communication from Ken. The day itself was weather wise perfect. Our guide Will was excellent and built confidence in all 3 of us. Will guided us very safely throughout the day and at no time did we have any worries. During the day Will gave us some great info on Flora, Fauna, Glencoe Geology and some great walking and scrambling tips for other routes around Glencoe.
    Highly recommended.

    Jayzuss 07 Jul 2021

    5 star rating AONACH EEEEEAGACH Traverse Easy booking process and communication from Ken on our very short notice booked trip (2days) . Our allocated guide Memhet contacted me the day before just to run over the days arrangements and was flexible with meeting times etc. The day itself was bright and sunny and Memhet was excellent and built confidence in my friend a novice scrambler. Memhet guided us very safely applying rock protection where appropriate... read more

    Bobcat012 07 Jul 2021

    5 star rating Beyond expectation My son and I had two days on Skye. We comnpleted the In Pin day one, and rather than Am Basteir day 2 as I needed a recovery day, did An Diallaid - scrambled up the ridge and then down Coir an Eich. We were up and down in some 5 hours and had time to bathe the feet in one of the fairy pools. The weather was better then... read more

    Hugh W 06 Jul 2021
  • 5 star rating Incredible day! We had an amazing day on the Aonach Eagach. The weather was perfect but what made the day so stunning was our wonderful guide Sam. What a pleasure to spend the day with him. I can’t thank him enough for his careful guiding of the three of us along the ridge. He was so skilled at knowing when to support, when to leave my daughter... read more

    171alasdairf 04 Jul 2021

    5 star rating Intro to trad/ outdoors climbing/ scrambling. My brother and I couldn’t be happier with the service we received.
    We wanted a trip to take the skills we’d picked up from several years of indoor climbing to the outdoors in order to boost our confidence and knowledge in trad/ outdoors climbing.
    The trip was tailored exceptionally well to our needs and was balanced brilliantly between learning skills/ knowledge and getting hands on with the mountain.
    The guide we were allocated,...
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    OllieStone 03 Jul 2021

    5 star rating In Pinn I would highly West Coast Mountain Guides, Mehmet guided me and my family of 4 up the Inn Pin on the Isle of Skye. He was highly knowledgable about the area, landscape and history. He was an excellent conversationalist and was highly proficient with mountaineering equipment. Overall, this made for an excellent day with an incredibly safe and interesting guide.

    alecs529 02 Jul 2021
  • 5 star rating chilled Black Cuillin traverse Excellent couple of days with Dave guiding us over the full Traverse of the Black Cuillin in May 2021 . with Dave's local knowledge we were able to tailor the traverse to go over or avoid the more technical sections if we decided and with discussion we made our way along the full ridge.
    High recommend the guys at west coast, friendly and professional throughout.

    airbornevisuals 02 Jul 2021

    5 star rating North Face climb An excellent, fun and safe climb with Will Manners and Malcom Airey, on a beautiful sunny and wind free day.

    JamesdFawcett 28 Jun 2021

    5 star rating Private Guiding Excellence We booked two days of private guiding for 22/23 June this year, our second year of using West Coast Mountain Guides. Ken Applegate and his team are first class in every respect. The booking and planning were straightforward and Ken was highly responsive engaged in the process of booking and settling on our objectives, which were Tower Ridge on Ben Nevis and Curved Ridge on Buachaille Etive More.... read more

    RedGables123 27 Jun 2021
  • 5 star rating Trip of a lifetime! All 11 munros on the Cuillin ridge completed over 4 days . Thoroughly professional company who communicated well at all times . Our guide Tom got a handle on what we were all capable of very quickly and adjusted pace and assistance as necessary. Thanks to our guide I gained confidence in scrambling very quickly and thoroughly enjoyed every minute of the trip. I would do it all again... read more

    Michelle H 23 Jun 2021

    5 star rating John was a brilliant guide We had a great time with John and managed to ascend the in pin in difficult misty, windy conditions. John was a fantastic guide, approachable, knowledgeable and professional - he gave us the confidence and know how to safely complete the climb. He also offered to start the day's climb extra early in the morning so that we had a higher chance of climbing in better conditions with less crowds.... read more

    16willbarnes 21 Jun 2021

    5 star rating Experienced guides with a good sense of humour I've had my eye on the Cuillin traverse for some years, but on contacting West Coast Mountain Guides, Ken recommended getting more scrambling experience first, so I booked the Aonach Eagach ridge instead. I always found Ken helpful, knowledgeable and responsive to my queries in the run-up to the route.
    Once the day came, I met up with five other clients and two guides, Dave and Mike, which felt like...
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    J4368VVemilyr 21 Jun 2021


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