Scottish Winter Mountain Courses

Winter hillwalking, mountaineering and climbing in Scotland, and in particular on Ben Nevis, is world famous. We offer courses for everyone, whether you are just starting out or have years of experience under your belt.

Scotland is renown for its challenging conditions, which we are grateful for as they are essential to build up the ice and rime which makes winter climbing here so unique. Winter mountaineering, ice climbing and hillwalking activities are invariably affected by the weather and the current snow and ice conditions. To enjoy this challenging environment it is just as important to develop your skills and understand the hazards as it is to experience your dream route or develop your climbing technique.

All of our guides and instructors that work on our Scottish winter courses have excellent local knowledge accumulated over many years of personal winter walking and climbing. They are able to ensure that the most is made of every day in the mountains meaning anyone attending with us will gain useful insights on how to plan your day and get the best out of it, even during the most challenging weather.

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SCOTTISH WINTER SKILLS, MOUNTAINEERING & CLIMBING COURSES

Customer Reviews

  • 5 star rating Guided hillwalking. I found the process of booking easy and very quick.
    My guide, Tom, was knowledgeable and patient with me, I really enjoyed the experience.
    Highly recommended

    Wdy6691 11 Sep 2021

    5 star rating Absolutely brilliant We booked a guided trip to climb The Inaccessible Pinnacle. Communication with the company has been great throughout and our guide, Dave was absolutely brilliant. He was patient, encouraging and so positive all the way. The experience was really challenging and exhilarating. We would highly recommend the company and in particular Dave. We couldn’t have had a better experience. Thank you so much.

    taratP7427NC 10 Sep 2021

    5 star rating Guided walk - An Teallach, over the pinnacles I had an absolutely wonderful time on An Teallach and was so chuffed that I managed it all. We had a total inversion that lasted all day & saw a Brocken Spectre. What could be better, except to be guided by someone whose company was enjoyable, whose knowledge and experience was obvious, and shared willingly, as well as someone who explained everything so comprehensively and made us feel very safe.
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    633bernadettew 05 Sep 2021
  • 5 star rating Guided walk - An Teallach, over the pinnacles I had an absolutely wonderful time on An Teallach and was so chuffed that I managed it all. We had a total inversion that lasted all day & saw a Brocken Spectre. What could be better, except to be guided by someone whose company was enjoyable, whose knowledge and experience was obvious, and shared willingly, as well as someone who explained everything so comprehensively and made us feel very safe.
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    Bernadette W 05 Sep 2021

    5 star rating Awesome family day climbing in Glen Nevis We had a brilliant family day of climbing, abseiling and scrambling in the sunshine on Ben Nevis. We all loved it - mum, dad and 3 girls, aged 9, 13 and 15. Our guide was excellent. He checked what we were doing thoroughly, made us feel confident and safe and gave us the right levels of challenge and support, depending on our particular skills. We learnt a lot about the... read more

    Roam398999 25 Aug 2021

    5 star rating Strongly recommend our guides Our group of four was guided along the Cuillin Ridge across five days by Dave Fowler and Jack Morris. I and my group recommend them to the greatest possible degree.
    It was immediately obvious how experienced and qualified both guides were, they were also friendly, and engaged while never taking their eyes from our safety and adapting to the weather and our energy throughout the days.
    Together Jack and Dave carefully...
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    Luke_Farmer 22 Aug 2021
  • 5 star rating Mum & daughter day on the Curved Ridge with guide Sam I’d done a bit of reading about the Curved Ridge in advance and thought it might make a good day out to do with my teenage daughter, as we'd done the Buachaille Etive Mor tops by the tourist route earlier in the year. Descriptions varied wildly, from “easy”, through “easy if you know what you’re doing” to “you might need a rope” and “tricky to find the right route” then... read more

    J4655WPnicolad 22 Aug 2021

    5 star rating A thrilling and well-managed Cuillins course on Skye Excellent excellent excelent. Ee took two guides, Dave Fowler and Jack Morris, to do a five day Black Cuillins course. Our ages ranged from 61 to 23 and Dave and Jack looked after us and our mixed abilities brilliantly. Great company, full of local knowledge and clearly expressed advice, they were a pleasure from beginning to end. Thanks to Ken for organising them and us.
    Wonderful

    NaasLad 21 Aug 2021

    5 star rating Good overall experience Good overall experience. Very professional and competent, got us up and down the Inaccessible Pinnacle using ropes and harnesses which they provided. I wouldn’t recommend anybody go up there without a competent guide

    O5365HRsams 17 Aug 2021
  • 5 star rating Innacessible pinnacle made accessible Communication with Ken and the guide was good. Replies were prompt and we were provided with all the info that was requested. Booking was straight forward and easy.
    Contacted Dave a couple of days before as thunderstorms were forecast for the day. After a chat and checking logistics we agreed to bring the booking forward a day to increase the chances of a dry and successful day. Which it was....
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    Majy1979 16 Aug 2021

    5 star rating Guided ascent of the Inn Pin Booked a mountain guide through West Coast Mountain Guides to do the Inaccessible Pinnacle on Skye. My guide was Sam and we had a fantastic day. He was a brilliant and knowledgeable guide and I always felt in safe hands.
    Would recommend.

    pauljD2708OO 16 Aug 2021

    5 star rating Skye Cuillins I had the best experience doing the Cuillins last week which is all down to my guide Dave. Extremely knowledgeable, patient and all round great guy. I would definitely recommend Dave and West Coast Mountain Guides to anyone that was looking for a guide.

    Sandim1988 11 Aug 2021