• Ben Nevis Guided Walks

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

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  • The Black Cuillins,
    Isle of Skye

    Traverse the Cuillin Ridge or climb the Skye Munros

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  • Classic routes on
    Ben Nevis & in Glencoe

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

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  • Winter Mountaineering & Climbing Courses for all levels

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

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  • Private Guiding
    - Anytime, Anywhere

    Bespoke courses and guiding to match your aspirations

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  • Ice Climbing in Hemsedal, Norway

    Climb some of the most beautiful icefalls Norway has to offer

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WEST COAST MOUNTAIN GUIDES

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 Guided hillwalking. I found the process of booking easy and very quick.
    My guide, Tom, was knowledgeable and patient with me, I really enjoyed the experience.
    Highly recommended

    Wdy6691 11 Sep 2021

    5 star rating Absolutely brilliant We booked a guided trip to climb The Inaccessible Pinnacle. Communication with the company has been great throughout and our guide, Dave was absolutely brilliant. He was patient, encouraging and so positive all the way. The experience was really challenging and exhilarating. We would highly recommend the company and in particular Dave. We couldn’t have had a better experience. Thank you so much.

    taratP7427NC 10 Sep 2021

    5 star rating Guided walk - An Teallach, over the pinnacles I had an absolutely wonderful time on An Teallach and was so chuffed that I managed it all. We had a total inversion that lasted all day & saw a Brocken Spectre. What could be better, except to be guided by someone whose company was enjoyable, whose knowledge and experience was obvious, and shared willingly, as well as someone who explained everything so comprehensively and made us feel very safe.
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    633bernadettew 05 Sep 2021
  • 5 star rating Guided walk - An Teallach, over the pinnacles I had an absolutely wonderful time on An Teallach and was so chuffed that I managed it all. We had a total inversion that lasted all day & saw a Brocken Spectre. What could be better, except to be guided by someone whose company was enjoyable, whose knowledge and experience was obvious, and shared willingly, as well as someone who explained everything so comprehensively and made us feel very safe.
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    Bernadette W 05 Sep 2021

    5 star rating Awesome family day climbing in Glen Nevis We had a brilliant family day of climbing, abseiling and scrambling in the sunshine on Ben Nevis. We all loved it - mum, dad and 3 girls, aged 9, 13 and 15. Our guide was excellent. He checked what we were doing thoroughly, made us feel confident and safe and gave us the right levels of challenge and support, depending on our particular skills. We learnt a lot about the... read more

    Roam398999 25 Aug 2021

    5 star rating Strongly recommend our guides Our group of four was guided along the Cuillin Ridge across five days by Dave Fowler and Jack Morris. I and my group recommend them to the greatest possible degree.
    It was immediately obvious how experienced and qualified both guides were, they were also friendly, and engaged while never taking their eyes from our safety and adapting to the weather and our energy throughout the days.
    Together Jack and Dave carefully...
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    Luke_Farmer 22 Aug 2021
  • 5 star rating Mum & daughter day on the Curved Ridge with guide Sam I’d done a bit of reading about the Curved Ridge in advance and thought it might make a good day out to do with my teenage daughter, as we'd done the Buachaille Etive Mor tops by the tourist route earlier in the year. Descriptions varied wildly, from “easy”, through “easy if you know what you’re doing” to “you might need a rope” and “tricky to find the right route” then... read more

    J4655WPnicolad 22 Aug 2021

    5 star rating A thrilling and well-managed Cuillins course on Skye Excellent excellent excelent. Ee took two guides, Dave Fowler and Jack Morris, to do a five day Black Cuillins course. Our ages ranged from 61 to 23 and Dave and Jack looked after us and our mixed abilities brilliantly. Great company, full of local knowledge and clearly expressed advice, they were a pleasure from beginning to end. Thanks to Ken for organising them and us.
    Wonderful

    NaasLad 21 Aug 2021

    5 star rating Good overall experience Good overall experience. Very professional and competent, got us up and down the Inaccessible Pinnacle using ropes and harnesses which they provided. I wouldn’t recommend anybody go up there without a competent guide

    O5365HRsams 17 Aug 2021
  • 5 star rating Innacessible pinnacle made accessible Communication with Ken and the guide was good. Replies were prompt and we were provided with all the info that was requested. Booking was straight forward and easy.
    Contacted Dave a couple of days before as thunderstorms were forecast for the day. After a chat and checking logistics we agreed to bring the booking forward a day to increase the chances of a dry and successful day. Which it was....
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    Majy1979 16 Aug 2021

    5 star rating Guided ascent of the Inn Pin Booked a mountain guide through West Coast Mountain Guides to do the Inaccessible Pinnacle on Skye. My guide was Sam and we had a fantastic day. He was a brilliant and knowledgeable guide and I always felt in safe hands.
    Would recommend.

    pauljD2708OO 16 Aug 2021

    5 star rating Skye Cuillins I had the best experience doing the Cuillins last week which is all down to my guide Dave. Extremely knowledgeable, patient and all round great guy. I would definitely recommend Dave and West Coast Mountain Guides to anyone that was looking for a guide.

    Sandim1988 11 Aug 2021

SCOTTISH & NORWEGIAN MOUNTAINEERING & CLIMBING COURSES

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