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 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

    5 star rating Great time had on the Cuillin ridge The WCMG were very experienced and had huge knowledge of the terrain we were covering and this combined with their technical knowledge means you really feel safe and know you are in safe hands.But to really top off the experience they are a really nice bunch of people who blend in to the group and get on with everyone and it really feels as if there is no them and... read more

    colinmC1710SR 08 May 2022

    Ken took my partner and I out for our first day of winter climbing. We ascended the Ben via number 2 gully. We were very impressed with the quality of guiding and tuition we received. Ken went above and beyond in understanding our aims, and providing us with relevant instruction.

    Lauren L. 12 Apr 2022
  • From stsrt to finish myself and 2 friends had a great experiance. It was easy to book and all our questions were answered which gave us confidence that these guys know what the were doing. We booked the ledge climb on Ben Nevis. Dave our guide was a really friendly guy and explained what we would be doing. When we reached the snow he gave us goodn instructions and ensured... read more

    Robert D. 09 Apr 2022

    5 star rating Introduction to Winter Mountaineering 5/5 Great week spent on the 5 day intro to Winter Mountaineering course with Dave Fowler.
    Fun and informative instruction learning about winter techniques and getting familiar with the gear and various techniques.
    Cam away from the course having completed some of the classic grade 1/2 winter routes around Ben Nevis, Glencoe and other areas.
    A great foundation for for future winter mountain adventures

    404lewiso 02 Apr 2022

    5 star rating Introduction to Winter Mountaineering 5/5 Great week spent on the 5 day intro to Winter Mountaineering course with Dave Fowler.
    Fun and informative instruction learning about winter techniques and getting familiar with the gear and various techniques.
    Cam away from the course having completed some of the classic grade 1/2 winter routes around Ben Nevis, Glencoe and other areas.
    A great foundation for for future winter mountain adventures

    404lewiso 01 Apr 2022
  • I joined West Coat Mountain Guides for their CIC winter climbing week on Ben Nevis. Ken and Mark our guides were professional, knowledgeable and good company. Always willing to support, answer questions and give advice where required.It is off note that during our stay, in conversation other groups and climbers would speak highly of West Coast and director Ken. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend West Coast to anyone looking for... read more

    Christopher P. 31 Mar 2022

    5 star rating Awesome week with West Coast I joined West Coat Mountain Guides for their CIC winter climbing week on Ben Nevis. Ken and Mark our guides were professional, knowledgeable and good company. Always willing to support, answer questions and give advice where required.
    It is off note that during our stay, in conversation other groups and climbers would speak highly of West Coast and director Ken. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend West Coast to anyone looking...
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    Pea4825 31 Mar 2022

    5 star rating The full Scottish climbing experience We spent a week with West Coast Mountain Guides at the CIC-hut, Ben Nevis. Great days and great climbing! Ken and Mark tailored the climbs perfectly to our experience and interest. We had a great couple of days on some of the classic routes on the Ben, as well as some classic Scottish weather! Happy days!

    802gustafp 30 Mar 2022
  • 5 star rating Best trip to Ben Nevis I ever did! A great experience! Went for a week's climbing at the Ben and was both challenged and well taken care of. Ken and Mark really knows their mountain and have that unique skill to listen to our wishes, finding the sweet spots and create a great overall experience.

    34johann 29 Mar 2022

    5 star rating Four seasons in one Advanced Winter Climbing week We had a fantastic week on the Advanced Winter Climbing Course under the expert guidance of Dave Fowler. Dave tailored the climbing to our level of experience, ensuring that we were challenged, without ever feeling unsafe. His knowledge of the mountains meant that we were able to climb routes on a couple of days where the weather on Ben Nevis was more challenging than the climbing itself! Highlights included a... read more

    markab2000 28 Mar 2022

    5 star rating Fantastic day on Aonach Mor We had a great day out with Ken preparing for an upcoming trip to Nepal. Ken was a brilliant guide, very knowledgable, calm, patient and great company.
    We took the gondola part way up Aonach Mor and then hiked around to the west face where we went up Golden Oldie. It’s a cracking route and the weather was kind to us, hard to believe you are quite close...
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    B2793ECdavide 23 Mar 2022

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