• Winter Mountaineering & Climbing Courses for all levels

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

  • Ice Climbing in Hemsedal, Norway

    Climb some of the most beautiful icefalls Norway has to offer

  • Private Guiding
    - Anytime, Anywhere

    Bespoke courses and guiding to match your aspirations

  • 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



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

10 July 2020 COVID-19 Update:
West Coast Mountain Guides Ltd. have recommenced guiding and instruction in the mountains.
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.

West Coast Mountain Guides specialise in private mountain guiding and guiding walkers up Ben Nevis as well as Scottish mixed and ice climbing at introductory and advanced levels, winter mountaineering and winter skills and hillwalking courses for all abilities.

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 run guided traverses of the Aonach Eagach and ascents of Tower Ridge and Curved Ridge amongst many others. We are also proud to provide professional scrambling 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 spend plenty of time in the magnificent mountains of Torridon and the North West Highlands, including Liathach, Beinn Alligin and An Teallach.

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.

Customer Reviews

  • 5 star rating Tackling the Cuillin Ridge Munros over 3-Days When your take on the most technically challenging Munros you rely on expert Mountaineering Guides and I cannot recommend Ken and Dave highly enough. Both inspired confidence with their knowledge and professionalism and made the challenge an enjoyable and worthwhile experience. Despite a set-back due to the weather on the scheduled first day, the programme was compressed into the next 3-days and the guys successfully guided the group safely and... read more

    Alan W 30 Sep 2020

    5 star rating Cuillin Ridge, Skye You want to feel you're on an adventure, while having elements of serious risk mitigated. Most guide companies do this. You want to be encouraged, not judged or patronised, and sometimes you just want to revel in silence - WCMG are good at this. You want to have mountain experiences which will live as memories for a long time to come - this is where WCMG excel.

    dgm88keys 29 Sep 2020

    5 star rating Cuillin Ridge Traverse Another super trip for Scottish mountaineering with West Coast. This time Skye in summer weather. Great time with the super capable and chirpy Jack Morris. First class knowledge of the ridge and great companion, enabling us to complete the Traverse in under 2 days in good style. Thanks!

    Holmfirth H 24 Sep 2020
  • 5 star rating Epic Cuillin Ridge Traverse Pete guided me brilliantly on an epic traverse of the Cuillin Ridge in September 2020. He very quickly assessed my ability (or lack thereof!) and knew exactly when he needed to rope me up, when a belay was required, and when I was competent enough to go it alone. An excellent guide whose services I would be more than happy to use again.

    793stephanp 23 Sep 2020

    5 star rating Cuillin Munros We had a great 4 days with Ben tackling some of the Cuillin Munros. We had only had 2 days rope training in advance, but Ben improved our skills and confidence to such an extent that 6 Munros were achieved with the In Pinn on the last day a never to be forgotten experience. Ben was extremely knowledgeable both in terms of rope skills and the difficult route finding in... read more

    Roy W 23 Sep 2020

    5 star rating Great days, great ridges, great fun After a great experience with WCMG in January winter mountaineering we can back to do some classic rock routes. The weather lined up perfectly and we tackled some fairly sizable ridges that required the conditions. Ken was great as always, helping us move quickly and providing helpful advice along the way that we can take to our next experiences.

    WillB1345 22 Sep 2020
  • 5 star rating Highly recommnded I had a guided ascent of the In Pinn with Tom and it was excellent. He was highly qualified and made me feel comfortable at all times, notwithstanding the foggy conditions! Would highly recommend and look forward to booking with West Coast again.

    MHester 22 Sep 2020

    5 star rating Climbing the Cuillin Munros Ken & Mike were excellent guides on our Cuillin adventure. We were lucky with some excellent weather most days but throughout I felt safe with Ken and Mike. The Cuillins are not for the faint-hearted - our group found Sgurr nan Gillean west ridge more challenging than the Inn Pinn. The other main challenges for me were some of the down climbing and the steep scree slopes. Great patience from... read more

    E1771DCandrewm 21 Sep 2020

    5 star rating Excellent guided days in the Cuillins My friends and I have had two trips to Skye with West Coast Mountain Guides guiding us on the Cuillins. Both outings were excellent. The booking and organizing process was well organised, informative and seamless. Our guides were excellent, on our days with them we felt we were looked after by really skilled professionals. They were always good humored and very encouraging to some of us (me!) that needed... read more

    kulrajb 16 Sep 2020
  • 5 star rating Top notch, relaxed, well delivered. The Skye Munros - a ronseal trip, it did exactly what it said on the tin. No messing about, despite inclement weather you never felt at risk. Experienced, knowledgeable guides who knew the Cuillin well. I would definitely recommend to anyone with a sense of adventure or the munro bagger who needs to tackle the dangerous peaks on the Cuillin with the assurance of being guided by professional climbers.

    Colin C 15 Sep 2020

    5 star rating Skye Cuillins munros Fantastic week on Skye with west coast guides Ken and Josh up on the cuillins. Both guys were fantastic and knew the mountains and provided top notch tuition and equipment. They both instilled confidence and enabled me to tackle some of the toughest mountains I have ever had the pleasure of walking.
    Their banter and chat was good too

    284katien 15 Sep 2020

    5 star rating Super guides for Skye Cuillin Ken and Tom led us on a 4 day Munro-bagging course on the Cuillin in Skye. They did a great job of making us feel safe throughout despite the nerves, and showed us a great variety of terrain. They were upfront about potential limitations due to weather forecast, but still gave us the option to head up to the ridge anyway in case the forecast was wrong.
    Would definitely use again.

    DaveP3458 07 Sep 2020


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- Rai

Excellent guiding!

Just wanted to say a huge thanks to Ken for such an enjoyable day on Tower Ridge.
- Dave Kirby

Cuillin Ridge Traverse with Dave Fowler

An outstanding piece of guiding from Dave Fowler, during my Cuilln Ridge Traverse. His knowledge and skills were exemplary and at all times I felt safe and supported, but never cosseted. I'd fully recommend Westcoast guides to anyone and cannot speak highly enough of the professionalism , humour and skill Dave demonstrated throughout tough two days. My engagement with the company was first rate and at all times felt highly organised. I can't recommend the entire team enough. Thanks to everyone for a truly memorable experience
- Eddie Docherty

Cuillin Scrambles

Just a quick mail to say my 2 day Cuillins trip was excellent, Tom was great company and made the most of the small weather window we had. I have learnt a lot from the trip and have a lot more respect for the Cuillin ridge and understanding of how the weather has a major influence on what can be achieved and what cannot. The Cuillins are certainly a notch up from all the other ranges in Scotland, challenging, exhilarating and all achievable with the right weather, fitness and concentration. I will look to arrange getting back to complete the ridge but now having had this insight I can look to be more specific on what may work out best and offer the most realistic outcomes.
- John Walker

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