• Winter Mountaineering & Climbing Courses for all levels

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

  • Ice Climbing in Hemsedal, Norway

    Climb some of the most beautiful icefalls Norway has to offer

  • 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 and Norway.

April 2021 COVID-19 Update:

•West Coast Mountain Guides Ltd. are open and taking bookings.
•For the 26th April and beyond, 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.

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 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 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 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.

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 Two cracking days in the hills – totally recommend! Totally recommend West Coast Mountain Guides for a cracking day out in the hills! Have used them a few times in last few years – they’re always super friendly, happy to tailor the day and suggest options to find the right mix of challenge, variety and fun. They have the options you see on their website and more up their sleeves too.
    Had the chance to pop out with Dave in...
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    emmalivingstonjones 19 Apr 2021

    5 star rating Excellent guidance on the Cuillin - even in terrible weather! Dave and I completed three days of scrambling and climbing on the Cuillin in place of a Traverse (impossible due to weather). Despite the rain and wind, I was totally at ease guided by Dave and enjoyed ticking off various amazing climbs and peaks on the ridge which more than made the best of the rough forecast. I cannot recommend WCMG enough and cannot wait to be back again in... read more

    Q1944CLkatem 30 Oct 2020

    5 star rating Great day on Sgurr Dearg and the In Pinn We booked with WCMG to do a one day guided ascent of Sgurr Dearg and the Inaccessible Pinnacle on the Isle of Skye. The two of us are novice climbers but our guide Dave was fantastic and got us safely up the mountain while teaching us a lot about scrambling and climbing. The actual climb up the In Pinn was exhilarating and completely safe with Dave taking care of all... read more

    7jhd0w 18 Oct 2020
  • 5 star rating Great scrambling guidance. Great guided scrambling. 3 days on the Cuillins and climbed all the munros on the ridge.
    Very friendly instructor Ken, and very knowledgeable.
    The path is very winding so I'd reccomend a guide for even experienced mountaineers, if a) want to get them done quick without hassle, b) if the weather and visibility is poor.

    marcofT4113KA 17 Oct 2020

    5 star rating Perfect day on Skye with WHMG! Dave and I took on the Clach Glas ridge on Skye. Dave put me at ease on difficult unfamiliar terrain and we completed the route taking in some of the best mountain scenery in Scotland! My first time on a guided trip and not the last- can’t recommend WHMG enough!

    DanielA454 16 Oct 2020

    5 star rating Very experienced, brilliant guide! I booked the Aonach Eagach ridge with WCMG without really knowing anything about the company. I was desperate to do the ridge but didn't have the confidence to go it alone. My guide was Scott and he was brilliant. He clearly has a huge (and I mean huge) amount of hiking/climbing/guiding experience in Scotland and beyond. He was great company and very good at explaining to me how to deal... read more

    TansyRLB 14 Oct 2020
  • 5 star rating Cuillin Ridge Traverse Booked a Cuillin ridge Traverse with West Coast Mountain guides. Unfortunately the weather wasn’t great, but Dave my guide for the 3 days was outstanding. We manage to complete some of the classic ridges (Pinnacle Ridge and Clach Glas) as well another Munro! Dave was excellent to work with and I would highly recommend him. I will definitely be back for the full traverse!

    johnfK9258DD 13 Oct 2020

    5 star rating Incredible Experience! Ken was amazing!
    Informed route selection: we went up Ledge—slightly more difficult and needs a guide—where we were entirely on our own. Going down, we took the Pony route for variety, where I realized there were hundreds of climbers on the day. Would’ve never known, or be capable enough on my own, to take Ledge. Great call!
    Informed and uncompromising on safety: this was my first mountain climbing experience and I felt...
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    MountainWalia 10 Oct 2020

    5 star rating Skye Cuillins 4 day course I would highly recommended this fantastic company!!
    Both guides were brilliant in gauging everyone's ability quickly and giving reassurance whenever I needed it. I felt completely safe throughout the 4 days. I have definitely come away with so much more confidence in my own abilities and would love to learn more about scrambling in the future!!

    chariyag 06 Oct 2020
  • 5 star rating Out again with WCMG! After an amazing few days doing winter mountaineering with Ken back in January, we booked again for some summer days. Ken was happy to adapt to Will and my climbing abilities, did some classic rock routes which was great! Learned lots, had a great time out. Cannot recommend Ken & West Coast Mountain Guides enough, there's really no better day out in Lochaber.

    manderswanders 04 Oct 2020

    5 star rating The Cuillin Munros I am just back from doing the Cuillin Munros with Ken and Ollie and had a fantastic experience. The communication was excellent from Ken particularly as it was such a short notice booking and the guiding was thoroughly professional and competent and put everyone at ease on the tougher Munros. Great guys and would use again.

    MountainArena 04 Oct 2020

    5 star rating The In Pinn. Finally! I first climbed Sgurr Dearg in 1992 but didn't (couldn't) climb that little fin of rock, the In Pinn, on account of not being a rock climber. 28 years later I managed it thanks to WCM. This was my penultimate Munro and had proven to be a bit tricky. Anyway, Ken at WCM was very helpful in helping arrange a guide for me at short (two days) notice. All... read more

    270keithr 02 Oct 2020


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