Nevis Range Mountain Experience

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Nevis Range Mountain Experience

Nevis Range Mountain Experience
4.5
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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NEVIS RANGE Mountain Experience is in the heart of the Highlands of Scotland, 7 miles north of Fort William. The Mountain Gondola will transport you to 650m on Aonach Mor where you'll find the Snowgoose restaurant & bar with awesome views, mountain trails and view point walks . In the winter, we're open for sledging, skiing and boarding. There's biking for all in Leanachan forest, plus bike wash, bike hire and a skills park. The NEVIS downhill track (with gondola uplift) hosts the Mountian Bike World Cup each year and is also home to the Top Chief Black Graded Enduro Trail. We hope you love it as much as we do!
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Malcolm M
Northumberland100 contributions
You need to pick a good day to make the most of the views that the gondola provides and from the two easy walking trails at the top. You can purchase tickets in advance and get a QR code to use on your phone - handy if you don't routinely travel with a printer in your luggage. If you are doing this as a family I recommend sending the codes to other party members or you'll end up standing at the gate swiping your phone and then scrolling down for the next code to let each person through before rushing through to catch the gondola yourself. The cafe at the top was very reasonably priced, but didn't start serving hot food until mid-morning (11 I think). The cafe at the bottom was a good place for lunch with outdoor seating where you can watch people jumping off and speeding down the mountain on their bikes.
Written August 29, 2021
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anjie320
Livingston, UK5 contributions
Couples
I have a fear of heights but decided to test that with a trip up in the gondolas. I need not have worried, as I actually felt quite safe and it was lovely seeing the views as we travelled up.

There are a couple of walks to choose from at the top of the hill and we did an hour long (round trip) walk to a viewpoint that was just amazing. We were extremely lucky to go on a day where it was so clear, I’m sure the view went on for about 100 miles!! According to dark skies app, it was also 11 degrees with little wind and we had decided to wear warm jackets and hats, so would definitely recommend packing for all seasons, even if just doing a short walk as you may find you need to take layers off!

A very enjoyable afternoon. Had a bite to eat at the pinemarten on the way down and the food filled a hole as we were both ravenous.

I will say one thing, aimed at the Cafe itself, is the bin system is a little confusing. I witnessed several people looking a little unsure where to put stuff once they’d finished eating and when I went myself, I had no where to put the foil from the butter and the half drank can probably shouldn’t go in the cans bin. Maybe need a general waste bin inside the cafe as well? Countless people had just dumped everything in the one bin rather than sorting it out which probably renders the recycling as “contaminated”? I took my half drank can with me, and I noted all bins outside were so overflowing with stuff, that people had just started dumping stuff around the bins. Maybe bigger bins needed!
Written May 29, 2022
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Hello, delighted to hear you had a great trip up to the top station and got to enjoy the amazing viewpoint walks! I will raise your comments on the bins with the catering team and we can hopefully make the process more streamlined!
Written June 10, 2022
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Sansunseeker
67 contributions
First of all I think that £22 for adults and £12.50 for kids is not a lot to spend on a family day these days as some of the reviews suggest. We booked online quickly and simply and travelled from Loch Lomond to do the scenic A82 drive up to Fort William which is breath taking and took us about 2.5 hours. The Range is just past Torlundy and is sign posted when you need to turn off. On arrival we parked up easily and made our way to the queue for the gondolas. The ride up was great and our 11 year old loved it! You can watch the mountain bikers speed down from the top and it is hair raising but great fun to watch.
On arrival to the top we did the 30 min walk which was indicated by the blue rope, very easy for those with no mobility problems but please wear sensible footwear, we saw some people in flats which is really silly as the path up is rocky and you’re going to end up with a broken ankle! Many people took their small children up so the walk is not challenging or difficult but very enjoyable when you reach the top and see the views.
The cafe was well stocked and although not the cheapest I guess they need to make their money whilst they can during tourist season. We only bought a drink and ice cream so not sure about prices on hot food.
The ride down was great too the scenery in the area is stunning, the weather on the day we went was hot and sunny so I guess this really helped our enjoyability factor so I’d suggest to try and book on the warmest day you can.
Written August 29, 2021
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Frosty Walker
12 contributions
Couples
We pre booked our slope pass and car parking the day before, to avoid disappointment. We chose the afternoon slope pass.
After a 3 hour journey north we didn't expect to be turned away from the car park (having just queued for some time)... having pre booked. We were told to try and park down the road. Now that's not what we paid for plus the lay by we parked in stated only 1 hour parking with no return within 3 hours. We got changed by the car and drove back up to drop off our bags and boards, getting back in the queue of cars. We were allowed through to the car park this time, thankfully, on the condition that we parked sensibly, which was fine... we always do. Sadly all this inconvenience resulted in us not getting on the gondola until 2pm. We got as much boarding in as we could, getting in the long queues for the lifts which we expected, before having to get back to the gondola for closing time, which we were aware was 4pm but turned out to be 4.30. The queue was ridiculously long so we went and sat outside the cafe to waste some time off our feet. We were there 30 minutes and the queue was just as long still, even though it was actually going down. So we thought we'd go get a hot drink while we continued waiting but no, the cafe stopped serving even though a mass of people were still waiting to get on the gondola. We gave in and joined the queue, shuffling along slowly as it started to get dark, windy and snow. Finally we were back at the car in the car park but the car park is covered in grey clay type powdery water and this got all over our clothes and kit... we weren't best pleased. Not the best overall experience at a snow resort.
Written February 21, 2022
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Our carpark is a large unsealed limestone carpark from a local quarry, this doesn’t normally present an issue though in this instance where the use of a lesser parked on area that is visibly quite wet would be likely to leave a grey residue. This will brush off easily once dry. Best Wishes Nevis Range.
Written February 27, 2022
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Raymond S
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Not worth the money.

I visited the Nevis Range in July 2021 having previously been there many times before but with the last time being in 2013. I was immediately surprised by the car park fee which was free on my previous visits. On doing some research it appears that these fees were introduced in 2016 with the "intention" of upgrading the car park. I believe this was a £3.00 fee at that time which has been later increased to £4.50. I can say the car park looks NO different to when I was last there in 2013 with exception to the barriers and ANPR camera system. The car park is still gravel and leaves a nice trail of dust on what was a clean car before visiting. It would appear local residents get free car parking but are charged an admin fee. If I was local I wouldn't pay on principal. I was wondering what was next.

I soon found out when purchasing two tickets for the cable car at £22.00 each. I cannot remember exactly how much it was in 2013, about £13.00 maybe £15.00 perhaps but a considerable rise from my previous visit. I was wondering what improvements have been made. I found none with exception to the lower cafe which I don't think was there before. The point though is to go up the mountain and not stay at the bottom.

We decided to eat and tried to ignore the high prices in the cafe and although our burger was extremely nice, the chips looked liked they had been warmed up many times and I left mine. Luckily we had our own drinks as they were expensive also. Only the hot food side was open and considering this was peak season and with social distancing due to the pandemic, it was easy to find a seating area. I think that speaks for itself across lunchtime.

The rest benches on the walks to the mountains at each side have seen much better days and the one that is closer to Ben Nevis is rotten and looks like it is going to collapse. We always thought there wasn't enough rest benches and there are no more than they were 8 years ago.

On our many visits to the Nevis Range we always liked to watch the mountain bikers taking on the course. This was the last week of July, peak season and we struggled to find accommodation in Fort William and had to venture further afield, yet the mountain bikers were scarce. Perhaps the high cost has put them off too. I saw just 6 maybe 8 bikers in the 4 hours or so we spent there. There would have been others whilst we were out waking but waiting in the queue to come back down the mountain we only saw two bikers.

The views are exceptional but there are so many views in Scotland that offer the same for free. My advice is give it a miss as the cost just doesn't justify it. We shall be going back to Scotland and Fort William, but we shall not be visiting the Nevis Range again.
Written September 16, 2021
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Hi Raymond, Thank you for your review. However we would just like to clear up a few points that you have highlighted. Carparking charges were introduced in 2016, this was to generate income for the upkeep of the carpark as well as walking and cycling routes that are assessed through the carpark and a free of charge for anyone to use. Despite the base station walking and cycling routes producing no direct income we have a year-round team employed who maintain these tracks and trails. You are correct that over the course of the last 8 years our pricing has increased, the rate of increase is less than £1 per year. The Snowgoose Café at the top does only have one open side now. The reason for this is it allows us to operate a one-way system and offer a safer environment during the pandemic. Bike spectating isn’t an activity we include in the ticket price, however unless we were winded off there was no day in July when we had less than 50 riders a day on the gondola. So it surprises me that in a 4 hour period you only say 4 on the tracks. We don’t hide our prices or our offering. All of our Gondola, Parking & Food Prices are available on our website for our customers and visitors to research prior to coming. Thank you for your review and in future we would ask that you looking on www.nevisrange.co.uk for all the latest information prior to your visit. Many Thanks, Nevis Range Management Team
Written September 28, 2021
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GMR8584
Edinburgh, UK43 contributions
Solo
Arrived in Fort William on a Monday afternoon about 2.30. Decided to check out Nevis Range so I knew where I was going the following day to mountain bike.

On arrival it was such a nice afternoon, I decided to get the gondola up the hill to check out the views. Although I’d looked at prices beforehand, I still thought it was very expensive for what it was, even with a student discount (even more so in that I’d only have about 50 minutes up top before the last gondola down). It would be much better if passes lasted 24hrs rather than by the day, to accommodate people who can’t get there earlier in the day. I only had time to grab a quick take away drink and speed walk to one of the view points before needing to rush back for last gondola at 4pm - had the pass been for 24hrs, I could have gone back up the following day and gone to the other view point. I certainly wasn’t going to pay for another ticket on the Tuesday just so I could take in the other view.

Tuesday morning mountain biking in the snow was great fun however and I would definitely recommend it. Can’t wait to come back in May to watch the mountain bike World Cup.
Written January 4, 2022
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Hello, Thank you for taking the time to write us a review! Your comments regarding price have been passed onto our senior management. It is great to hear that you enjoyed your day mountain biking. We look forward to welcoming you back for the World Cup weekend!
Written January 11, 2022
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Helen T
worcester21 contributions
Family
Paid in advance for gondola tickets, arrived on the morning & on attempting to scan tickets to get on there was a barrier over the ticket scanner. No sign explaining a closure etc. So walked back out to the ticket booth and saw a A4 piece of paper in the window, reporting gondolas wouldn’t be functioning until 12. So long wait around…wasting precious holiday time. Sat in the cafe until 12.
Walked back to ticket booth at 12 to see A4 sign now changed to ‘gondolas closed all day’. No announcements, no large signs, no staff on the floor explaining to customers. Surely a place of this size should have a tannoy to put out announcements?? A whole morning wasted.
I get breakdowns of the gondolas and that these things happen, but one A4 sign explaining what’s happening is terrible, especially as those like us with pre-booked tickets could bypass the ticket booth. I would expect staff to be at least visible to explain things to people. Had we had sufficient information then we could have potentially altered our plans so we could have attended another day, but to sit in a cafe waiting until 12 to find out at that time they were actually fully closed..:very disappointing communication. Shame as we looked forward to this all trip. Communication could have really helped!
Written April 22, 2022
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Hello, I'm sorry we were winded off on the day you visited. We are looking into signage for the Pinemarten Cafe that will inform guests of the current gondola operation status so we can avoid future situations like this one! We hope you are able to come along and visit Nevis Range again in the future!
Written May 9, 2022
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mummyofaandw
Chelmsford, UK10 contributions
Family
Did not book online in advance and just took a chance on the queues. Was a beautiful hot sunny day and although there were plenty of people, including some coach parties, we just paid for tickets and jumped on a gondola. The views over the Nevis range and the bike tracks were fantastic. Although the gondola stopped a few times (for no more than a few seconds) as we ascended and descended which they warn you about, it never felt unsafe. My kids had had food from the cafe at the top which was quite pricey but they enjoyed it and the service was very friendly. They also went biking and had a great time. We were there with other family members who are based in Scotland and are ‘regulars’ for the ski season and walking - they were disappointed that there’s now a parking charge but that’s my only negative comment.
Written September 1, 2021
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Hello, Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We are pleased to hear that you got a good day for your visit! Nevis Range has charged for parking since 2017. We have just recently changed this to a barriered system.
Written September 6, 2021
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Becky S
Street, UK45 contributions
Fab time on the cable car with our twin 10 year olds and our Airedale Terrier!! I hate heights but made it up and back in one piece! So glad that I did it. Did the 30 minute walk once up there and took some amazing photos. Loved watching the fearless mountain bikers going down the slopes - crazy! The restaurant at the top has amazing views also (a little pricey we felt but still good quality) would recommend this to anyone of any age no matter what your capability and definitely take you dog to the top - they love it!!
Written August 8, 2021
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Hi Becky, Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. It is great to hear that you and your family enjoyed your visit!
Written August 16, 2021
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Carolinecje29
Rochester, UK21 contributions
Family
An excellent afternoon out - we got the gondola up the mountain around midday so decided to have lunch at the cafe at the top before exploring. We had been told that there was only a “light lunch” offering (sandwiches, soup, sausage rolls) which was fine, but the staff seemed totally overwhelmed by the numbers of people. Totally disorganised and I truly felt sorry for the few staff struggling with orders.

The 2 signposted walks from the top are well worth doing - each offering amazing views.

This is an expensive trip out for a family of four, but overall we felt it was worth it for the fabulous views and clean mountain air! I would recommend checking the webcams on the website before your visit to check weather conditions.
Written November 1, 2021
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Hi Caroline, Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. Your comments regarding the service in The Snowgoose Cafe have been passed onto our Commercial Manager. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit and the views from our viewpoint walks!
Written November 8, 2021
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