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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Winter Mountain Courses Scotland Overall rating: ★★★★★ 5 based on 8 reviews.
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  • 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

    5 star rating Inn Pin and Sgurr Mhic Choinnich Tom our guide was wonderful with my wife Mairi,putting her at ease and encouraging her step outside her comfort zone on the Inn Pin and Sgurr Mhic Choinnich.Mairi found it so much harder on Choinnich especially when the weather turned with rain ,hail and snow which greased the rock up,but Tom was such a calming influence and a big help.
    Big thanks all round.

    Morrison_12 02 Oct 2020