Private Mountain Guiding and Instruction

Hire your private mountain guide.
Our high levels of qualifications and experience, coupled with excellent local knowledge and friendly approach will ensure safe and rewarding adventures.

Engaging the services of your private mountain guide, at anytime of the year, is available as a popular alternative to attending a set mountaineering course with other people. Together we will design a bespoke itinerary that will meet your requirements and help you to achieve your ambitions, whether you are an individual or part of a group.  The duration and location can be tailored to your requirements.

One of the main advantages of private mountain guiding is that is is delivered entirely around your aspirations. A flexible approach enables the pace of the course and level of challenge to be easily adjusted to match your ability and experience. This ensures that skills are developed progressively and at a suitable pace.

All of the mountain guides, instructors and leaders that we employ for all of our courses are all very active mountaineers and climbers. All have climbed and walked extensively throughout the UK and many have been on adventurous expeditions around the world. With such a wealth of experience, we will make sure that we find the right professional for you.

West Coast Mountain Guides enjoy the challenge of accommodating even the wildest requests; allow us to help provide you a safe and enjoyable time in the mountains.

Private mountain guiding and instruction ratios will depend on the type of activity requested. Prices will reflect the location, duration and number of people who want to participate. Please see below for our pricing structure. If you would like some help with your request or wish to discuss ideas and options with an experienced instructor, please get in touch.

Some examples of private mountain guiding include:

  • One day of 1:1 guided winter ice climbing at grade V on Ben Nevis (e.g. Point 5 Gully or Orion Direct)
  • One day of 1:1 guided winter climbing on Tower Ridge, Ben Nevis
  • Two days of 1:2 learning to lead winter climbs in Glencoe (e.g. Dorsal Arete or NC Gully)
  • Two days of 1:2 mountaineering preparation for Island Peak, Nepal (one day of fixed rope and abseil training in Glen Nevis, followed by one day of winter mountaineering on Beinn a’Chaorainn)
  • Three days of 1:4 (with a family) guided winter mountaineering in Lochaber (e.g. Ledge Route on Ben Nevis, School House Ridge in Glencoe)
  • Two days of 1:2 summer mountaineering on the Black Cuillin, Isle of Skye (e.g. Clach Glas-Blaven Traverse, Sgurr Mhic Choinnich-Inn Pinn-Sgurr na Banachdich)
  • Two days of 1:4 winter skills and basic alpine ropework in preparation for the Chamonix to Zermatt Walker’s Haute Route (skills day on Aonach Mor, making use of the gondola followed by a ropework day in Coire na Ciste, Ben Nevis)
  • One day of 1:1 guided hillwalking expedition to the remote Corbett; Ben Adan in Knoydart.

Guiding Tower Ridge in Winter

One of the most popular options for private mountain guiding in winter is the magnificent Tower Ridge on Ben Nevis. The below video features Alan Kimber, former owner and founder of West Cost Mountain Guides, climbing and describing the ascent of Tower Ridge.

Customer Reviews

  • 5 star rating Tackling the Cuillin Ridge Munros over 3-Days When your take on the most technically challenging Munros you rely on expert Mountaineering Guides and I cannot recommend Ken and Dave highly enough. Both inspired confidence with their knowledge and professionalism and made the challenge an enjoyable and worthwhile experience. Despite a set-back due to the weather on the scheduled first day, the programme was compressed into the next 3-days and the guys successfully guided the group safely and... read more

    Alan W 30 Sep 2020

    5 star rating Cuillin Ridge, Skye You want to feel you're on an adventure, while having elements of serious risk mitigated. Most guide companies do this. You want to be encouraged, not judged or patronised, and sometimes you just want to revel in silence - WCMG are good at this. You want to have mountain experiences which will live as memories for a long time to come - this is where WCMG excel.

    dgm88keys 29 Sep 2020

    5 star rating Cuillin Ridge Traverse Another super trip for Scottish mountaineering with West Coast. This time Skye in summer weather. Great time with the super capable and chirpy Jack Morris. First class knowledge of the ridge and great companion, enabling us to complete the Traverse in under 2 days in good style. Thanks!

    Holmfirth H 24 Sep 2020
  • 5 star rating Epic Cuillin Ridge Traverse Pete guided me brilliantly on an epic traverse of the Cuillin Ridge in September 2020. He very quickly assessed my ability (or lack thereof!) and knew exactly when he needed to rope me up, when a belay was required, and when I was competent enough to go it alone. An excellent guide whose services I would be more than happy to use again.

    793stephanp 23 Sep 2020

    5 star rating Cuillin Munros We had a great 4 days with Ben tackling some of the Cuillin Munros. We had only had 2 days rope training in advance, but Ben improved our skills and confidence to such an extent that 6 Munros were achieved with the In Pinn on the last day a never to be forgotten experience. Ben was extremely knowledgeable both in terms of rope skills and the difficult route finding in... read more

    Roy W 23 Sep 2020

    5 star rating Great days, great ridges, great fun After a great experience with WCMG in January winter mountaineering we can back to do some classic rock routes. The weather lined up perfectly and we tackled some fairly sizable ridges that required the conditions. Ken was great as always, helping us move quickly and providing helpful advice along the way that we can take to our next experiences.

    WillB1345 22 Sep 2020
  • 5 star rating Highly recommnded I had a guided ascent of the In Pinn with Tom and it was excellent. He was highly qualified and made me feel comfortable at all times, notwithstanding the foggy conditions! Would highly recommend and look forward to booking with West Coast again.

    MHester 22 Sep 2020

    5 star rating Climbing the Cuillin Munros Ken & Mike were excellent guides on our Cuillin adventure. We were lucky with some excellent weather most days but throughout I felt safe with Ken and Mike. The Cuillins are not for the faint-hearted - our group found Sgurr nan Gillean west ridge more challenging than the Inn Pinn. The other main challenges for me were some of the down climbing and the steep scree slopes. Great patience from... read more

    E1771DCandrewm 21 Sep 2020

    5 star rating Excellent guided days in the Cuillins My friends and I have had two trips to Skye with West Coast Mountain Guides guiding us on the Cuillins. Both outings were excellent. The booking and organizing process was well organised, informative and seamless. Our guides were excellent, on our days with them we felt we were looked after by really skilled professionals. They were always good humored and very encouraging to some of us (me!) that needed... read more

    kulrajb 16 Sep 2020
  • 5 star rating Top notch, relaxed, well delivered. The Skye Munros - a ronseal trip, it did exactly what it said on the tin. No messing about, despite inclement weather you never felt at risk. Experienced, knowledgeable guides who knew the Cuillin well. I would definitely recommend to anyone with a sense of adventure or the munro bagger who needs to tackle the dangerous peaks on the Cuillin with the assurance of being guided by professional climbers.

    Colin C 15 Sep 2020

    5 star rating Skye Cuillins munros Fantastic week on Skye with west coast guides Ken and Josh up on the cuillins. Both guys were fantastic and knew the mountains and provided top notch tuition and equipment. They both instilled confidence and enabled me to tackle some of the toughest mountains I have ever had the pleasure of walking.
    Their banter and chat was good too

    284katien 15 Sep 2020

    5 star rating Super guides for Skye Cuillin Ken and Tom led us on a 4 day Munro-bagging course on the Cuillin in Skye. They did a great job of making us feel safe throughout despite the nerves, and showed us a great variety of terrain. They were upfront about potential limitations due to weather forecast, but still gave us the option to head up to the ridge anyway in case the forecast was wrong.
    Would definitely use again.

    DaveP3458 07 Sep 2020

Private Mountain Guiding in the UK

All prices are per guide per day.

Year Round Hillwalking and Skills (no ropework involved)

  • 1:1
    £220.00
  • 1:2
    £240.00 (£120/person)
  • 1:3
    £260.00 (£87/person)
  • 1:4
    £280.00 (£70/person)
  • 1:5+
    £300.00 (£60/person or less)

Year Round Mountaineering and Climbing (ropework involved)

  • 1:1
    £250.00
  • 1:2
    £270.00 (£135/person)
  • 1:3
    £290.00 (£87/person)
  • 1:4
    £310 (£75/person)

Please get in touch if you have any specific requirements or would like prices for larger groups.