• 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

  • 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.

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 winter mountain courses are based out of Fort William, with great access to the mountains of Lochaber, inlcluding Ben Nevis, Creag Meagaidh and Glen Coe.

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 The Black Cuillin (Skye) Ken got us to the summit of all 11 Munro’s on the cuillin ridge (Isle of Skye). His knowledge and understanding of the mountains was first class and I would highly recommend using Ken.

    Michaelmcmillan93 03 Aug 2020

    5 star rating Aonach Ridge Booked myself and the wife onto the Aonach Eagach route. Do a bit of scrambling but no rope experience hence the booking.
    Had first rate correspondence all the way through lockdown and was offered our money back, but we were willing to hold on for this iconic ridge.
    It was a wet day, but if Ken had any reservations he certainly didn't let on so didn't make us nervous any more than...
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    Tonethemoan3 25 Jul 2020

    5 star rating Tower Ridge, Ben Nevis Excellent guidance by Ken throughout our ascent of Ben Nevis via Tower Ridge. His competence and knowledge can't be faulted, giving us a fantastic experience and leaving us feeling in safe hands throughout. I'd definitely recommend West Coast Mountain Guides-professional, know their stuff and great company.

    187069Kath 24 Jul 2020
  • 5 star rating In pin ascent Booked with Ken for the guided ascent of the in pin, got up and down with no hassles. It was a great day out, with lots of tips for future treks given to us. Would highly recommend Ken and west coast mountain guides.

    DMacaskill1 05 Jul 2020

    5 star rating Inn pinn (skye) Top notch service from ken! Got us up and down the inn pinn making sure we were in safe hands, learnt some great tips for future hikes

    381duncang 05 Jul 2020

    5 star rating CIC hut (mid March 2020) Had an amazing week of winter climbing, which was professionally guided by Ken Applegate and Mark Scales. All the clients on this particular course were experienced winter climbers and we were well matched, allowing us to make the most of the excellent conditions and cram in so many classic grade IV/V routes over the week including: Minus Three Gully, Gutless, Minus Two Gully continuing up North East Buttress, Right Hand... read more

    G5764WYphilg 26 Apr 2020
  • 5 star rating CIC HUT WEEK WINTER CLIMBING COURSE A truly fantastic week with Ken and Mark. I can't believe how much we got done and how kind the conditions were to us. The guides knowledge of the mountain and routes was outstanding, which allowed us to make the most of everyday. I always felt safe and found the climbing, conditions, views and exposure amazing.
    Definitely up there as one of my best climbing trips!
    I have previously...
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    Swillis72 16 Apr 2020

    5 star rating Guided winter mountaineering We booked 4 days of guided mountaineering. Booking was easy and Ken responded to all emails before booking concerning gear etc quickly. We had two guides, Niels and Mike. Both were professional, friendly and knowledgeable and went out of their way to ensure we got the most out of our days out. Highly recommend West Coast Mountain guides!

    Livinthedream102 10 Apr 2020

    5 star rating Excellent Grade II winter climbing and guiding We called West Coast a couple of weeks ahead of our planned long weekend on 14th-16th March 2020 and Ken was able to give us two different guides (Jamie and Jamie!) for both of our planned climbing days. We’re both coming back into climbing after a long time out so wanted to re-learn various skills and both of our guides were spot-on in their approach and choice of Grade II... read more

    StevieLeChamois 06 Apr 2020
  • 5 star rating Excellent couple of days guided winter climbing Had a great day in the Northern Corries, climbed 3 good routes in Sneachda. The next day was on the Ben climing V/6 on the Douglas Boulder. Tim's expertise meant we crammed in a lot of climbing, especially benefitial when navigating tricky avvy conditions on Ben Nevis.
    Really good 2 days and would highly advise booking through them if you're looking to maximise you're available time. Thanks again.

    324cameronr 06 Apr 2020

    5 star rating Just what I was after The weather didn't look promising but thanks to Jamie's local knowledge, expertise and judgement we cracked two quality IVs on the Minus face - despite howling gales and snow high up and rain all the way down from the CIC hut. Add to that some intelligent conversation and general happy blether and it was exactly the day I was after. Thanks Jamie and thanks West Coast Mountain Guides.

    stevebK6037NY 31 Mar 2020

    5 star rating Private Guiding with Ian Fowler Top notch service. Excellent and tailor made winter guiding with tough routes and summiting Ben Nevis and Cairgoms. Highly recommend!

    BorysD2013 31 Mar 2020


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