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

  • I went on the introduction to winter mountaineering course with west coast mountain guides. It was a great week and Dave Fowler took us on some really good routes and taught us so much in the week. I’ll definitely be booking with west coast again

    colum h. 01 Aug 2022

    5 star rating Aonach Eagach Thoroughly enjoyed the experience of traversing the Aonach Eagach ridge with our excellent guide Ali who was friendly and very helpful at getting us across safely. The day went without a hitch and is a day I'll always remember and my fellow climber on the day was also good company. It was good to have the re-assurance of others on the day as the bulk of my walking... read more

    Walter H. 28 Jul 2022

    Finally got round to climbing Aonach Eagach ridge and decided to use West Coast Mountain Guides. As a solo walker it's usually too expensive to hire a guide unless it's with others. I was delighted with the arrangement to be paired up with someone else making it affordable. WCM arranged the logistics of this and it wasnt a problem for them. The day itself was a fantastic experience. We went... read more

    andrew k. 25 Jul 2022
  • 5 star rating West Coast Mountain Guides Finally got round to climbing Aonach Eagach ridge and decided to use West Coast Mountain Guides. As a solo walker it's usually too expensive to hire a guide unless it's with others. I was delighted with the arrangement to be paired up with someone else making it affordable. WCM arranged the logistics of this and it wasnt a problem for them.
    The day itself was a fantastic experience. We went out...
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    AndySdandy 24 Jul 2022

    5 star rating West Coast Mountain Guides Finally got round to climbing Aonach Eagach ridge and decided to use West Coast Mountain Guides. As a solo walker it's usually too expensive to hire a guide unless it's with others. I was delighted with the arrangement to be paired up with someone else making it affordable. WCM arranged the logistics of this and it wasnt a problem for them.The day itself was a fantastic experience. We went out... read more

    Andy K. 24 Jul 2022

    5 star rating Great John was very educated about Ben Nevis. He knew what he is talking about. He gave me very helpful tips for future adventures. 10/10 Thank you

    biankam555 22 Jul 2022
  • 5 star rating Aonach Eagach We booked West Coast after a brilliant In Pinn experience and this one on the Aonach Eagach Ridge also did not disappoint. Right from the start they managed to accommodate 10 of us (no mean feat when this required 5 guides!) They were all great and made us feel very safe and reassured at all time. Jack who was my sister and I’s specific guide was brilliant and very knowledgeable….... read more

    666nicc 10 Jul 2022

    I did a winter mountaineering course with Dave Fowler from West Coast Mountain Guides back in march and it was awesome. We learnt SO much and had an amazing time.Specifically Dave was great. Easy to get on with, a great teacher, and really knows his stuff.Stop thinking about doing a course with these guys and book it. Stop reading this review, go book it now, you won't regret it!

    Merlin W. 09 Jul 2022

    5 star rating Thank You Sam We wanted to write to thank you for organising for Sam Percival to be our guide in the Cuillin this week. We had the most fantastic time with him.
    As complete climbing beginners, he taught us from scratch and enabled us to do things we never thought would be possible. His clear technical ability made us feel safe at all times.
    He added to the experience by being extremely good company. He...
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    149elinorf 06 Jul 2022
  • 5 star rating Isle of Skye Walking Long Weekend We had David Lamond who was our guide for two days on the Isle of Skye. He was brilliant! Highly trained, experienced in walking the Cuillin's, and really tuned into our group to how we were doing throughout the day. He was adaptive and wanted to make sure we had the best experience possible. Could not recommend Dave and West Coast Mountain Guides enough if you are heading to the... read more

    650brucer 27 Jun 2022

    5 star rating Climbing Bludgers Revelation in Glencoe I climbed the route 'Bludgers Revelation' on the famous Slime Wall of Buachaille Etive Mor in Glencoe which is very rarely dry. This was a gamble on the weather outlook which paid off completely. I was led up the route by Sam and Jack who were brilliant company as well as utterly competent. It was like going climbing with your mates; I have been climbing for 46 years, in... read more

    Paradise45245309670 24 Jun 2022

    Had Sam today to do curved ridge
    sam was incredible with makeing my day out perfect something i have wanted to do for a long time and Sam made it a great experience, teaching me along the way 🏔

    David L. 23 Jun 2022

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