• 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 Sgurr Dearg and In Pinn My boyfriend had been wanting to do the inaccessible pinnacle so I booked a guide via West coast Mountain guides, I had a lot of questions as I'm not used to climbing such technical munros and we also wanted to take our dog. The owner Ken was really helpful and accommodating, he always replied very quickly to my emails, nothing seemed a bother. Our guide Tom on the day was... read more

    Maria M 09 Jun 2021

    5 star rating Skye 4-day , 11 Munros on Cuillen ridge I am just back from the 4 day Skye Munro tops on Cuillen ridge.
    West Coast Mountain Guides were absolutely superb.
    Everything was 1st class, from the communication pre-trip , through the 4 climbing days and all the logistics that involved, to a Whatsup group for the whole party, so we can swap photos.
    The guides were exceptional with their knowledge , patience and making sure we were all completely secure and safe.

    U3491HUcraigm 08 Jun 2021

    5 star rating Safe, secure and happy Dave took myself and a pal called Jim up the Cuillin Ridge a couple of weeks ago. I was utterly terrified of heights and as a result managed to lose the ability to climb/scramble/walk without guidance/a confidence rope. Rather than making me feel silly, Dave was incredibly patient, funny and interesting (as is Jim) which meant despite the fear, the trip was fun, filled with interesting geological information, and most... read more

    JKay2014 04 Jun 2021
  • 5 star rating Excellent experience Really good guide, engaging and interesting. I picked up loads of climbing tips and that is as someone who has climbed for 15 years.

    Escape617883 03 Jun 2021

    5 star rating Inaccessible Pinnacle Dave from West Coast Mountain guides was brilliant. There were two of us guests in his group and he was friendly, knowledgeable, chatty and a complete pro throughout. Told us loads about the beautiful surroundings and kept us chatting on the long slog up to the Pinnacle from Glen Brittle. On the Pinnacle itself he led the way and belayed us up - felt safe as houses. On the way... read more

    hairyaardvark 02 Jun 2021

    5 star rating Superb day of trad climbing coaching at polldubh Superb day of coaching provided by Malcolm to help us move up climbing grades to Vs level. He was very knowledgeable, generous with his time and advice and we had a thoroughly great day at polldubh crags improving both our safety skills and technical skills. It feels very worthwhile to have invested in personal knowledge and skills.
    Highlights were giving us the confidence to fall on our own trad...
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    ToBiWatson 01 Jun 2021
  • 5 star rating That escalated quickly! Absolutely sensational three days on Skye last weekend. All 11 black Cuillen Munros bagged. Great guiding - considered decision making, unpatronising encouragement, positive attitude. Even learnt about barnacles…. Thanks Alex and Ken.

    DrDaveRScotland 31 May 2021

    5 star rating Absolutely fantastic week with west coast guides 4 day guided walk in the Cullins of Skye in May 2021 , completed all 11 summits over the 4 days.
    Absolutely excellent service and guiding , leadership from our guides Tom and Mike was first class if you are looking for guiding in the West coast this is the company for you.

    craigrE8479JB 31 May 2021

    5 star rating Excellent private guiding thank you Had an incredible day of private guiding in the Cuillin. Ken kindly arranged for a guide a very short notice who was fantastic. Thank you!

    Navrlondon 31 May 2021
  • 5 star rating Skye Cullin Munros Course A fantastic 4 days climbing all the Skye Cullin Munros. Tom & Mike we’re outstanding guides, made us feel safe & relaxed & had lots of great knowledge to share with us. They also made a great decision to switch our days to make best use of the weather, without this we’d not have been able to climb all 11 Munros. Some of the routes we took would have been... read more

    H3861ROpaulb 31 May 2021

    5 star rating Aonach Eagach ridge - a phenomenal day Aonach Eagach rigde traverse with Dave and Mike as guides. Amazing day - both guides superb, and made the day safe, enjoyable but still challenging and pushed out of our comfort zones. Great chat throughout also. Couldn't recommend highly enough.

    115graemel 29 May 2021

    5 star rating Aonach Eagach Traverse Brilliant day! As this was my first traverse/scramble of the exposed type I was a little apprehensive but both Mike and Dave were brilliant and helped me feel relaxed and confident throughout. Would definitely recommend West Coast Mountain guides and I will certainly use them again in the future!

    P9315XPstuarts 29 May 2021


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