• 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 The Accessible Pinnacle We travelled to Sgorr Dearg as a party of eight which required two guides. Ken Applegate, and Dave (apologies Dave I never did get your 2nd name) were the two assigned to the task. They were informative and reassuring during the first half of the climb and scramble to the summit of the pinnacle. They kept the atmosphere lighthearted whilst making us aware that we were ultimately responsible for our... read more

    johnrodigan 20 Oct 2021

    5 star rating Unbelievable Ken and Dave were absolutely class, good vibes the whole time and got us up and down the Inn Pinn na bor. Would seriously recommend them as they had great advice and made the whole day a lot better! 10/10 Will definitely be using West Coast Mountain Guides again!!

    DaddySeanHH 20 Oct 2021

    5 star rating Ascent of the In Pin Ken and Dave made the inaccessible pinnacle very accessible. Myself and my 7 friends all managed to summit the In Pin and had a great (and slightly terrifying) time doing so.
    I'd highly recommend West Coast Mountain Guides to anyone considering an ascent of the In Pin. They were informative, entertaining and made the whole experience safe and enjoyable.
    For the amount of satisfaction and thrill we received in summiting,...
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    922kerrm 20 Oct 2021
  • 5 star rating Great experience I would like to thank west coast mountain guides for a fantastic 4 days on skye even with the horrendous weather conditions.
    Mark, Mike and Sam were great. They were very patient and friendly and there knowledge was 1st class. I definitely would not have managed without them.
    Would also like to thank Sam and Mike who took time out of there free time to show 3 of us...
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    FrequentFlier242166 09 Oct 2021
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    5 star rating Great experience I would like to thank west coast mountain guides for a fantastic 4 days on skye even with the horrendous weather conditions.
    Mark, Mike and Sam were great. They were very patient and friendly and there knowledge was 1st class. I definitely would not have managed without them.
    Would also like to thank Sam and Mike who took time out of there free time to show 3 of us...
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    FrequentFlier242166 08 Oct 2021
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    5 star rating Cuillin Munro Course Had a cracking week with WCMG , climbing the Cuillin Ridge Munro's.
    From start to finish the organisation was first class , from the booking process to the last day back at the cars.
    The ratio is one guide to three people , to attempt all 12 peaks on the ridge in four days . The guides were reassuring , informative , knowledgeable, friendly and very helpful . This all combined...
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    pedge 08 Oct 2021
  • 5 star rating Tower ridge Ben nevis I cannot recommend West Coast mountain guides enough. Ken took me a complete climbing novice up Tower ridge on Ben nevis in rain and snow. I felt safe at all times and with excellent guidance and leadership from Ken I completed the climb leaving me thrilled with the experience and keen to do more. Richard from Leicester

    I9064QRrichardh 01 Oct 2021

    5 star rating Cool week on the Cuillins Had an excellent week on the Cuillins with West Coast Mountain Guides. Felt totally relaxed and confident the whole time and felt that the right decisions and correct adjustments to plans were made when needed.

    M7329BLrachels 29 Sep 2021

    5 star rating Accent of the Inn Pinn Absolutely faultless from initial booking to completing the walk with everything going smoothly
    This was my first time using WCMG , and I'd certainly use their services again , defiantly booking again very soon once I've chosen what to do next

    Donald M 29 Sep 2021
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    5 star rating Skye Munros Course - what an experience! Just back from Skye having spent 4 days with Mark from West Coast Mountain Guides on the Skye Munros Course. Despite some appalling conditions we managed to summit all 11 munros on the ridge. It was tough both physically and mentally but always felt safe with Mark. Pre-course communication with Ken was excellent. I couldn't recommend highly enough and now that I have dried off I am already thinking about... read more

    C6847YKstephenb 28 Sep 2021
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    5 star rating Amazing adventures in Torridon and the Cuillins with West Coast Mountain Guides This summer holiday, we had two great days out with Mike. The first day was in Torridon, climbing the Liathatch. With Mikes guidance and the occasional use of ropes for safety, we were able to climb the pinnacles face on, making the most of the spectacular ridge and taking on steep scrambles which we would not have liked to do on our own. This helped build our confidence for other... read more

    Alverstone1907 27 Sep 2021
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    5 star rating Fantastic course, great guiding, great company. I booked the Skye Munros course to help move me closer to achieving my ambition of climbing all the Munros. In the build up to the course Ken was quick to provide reassurance and guidance when I had any questions or required advice. When we arrived on Day 1 we split into groups and we were allocated our guide - Dave. What followed was an awesome 4 days walking, scrambling... read more

    J8473ULpaulw 23 Sep 2021


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