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Fondly called "Ben" by the locals, Britain's highest mountain towers 4,406 feet above the town of Fort William.
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
Fort William, Scotland
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Walks for any experience but need some level of fitness and be wise and check the weather. Wonderful views on a sunny day and can be made a challenge by avoiding tourist routes and having relevant experience

Date of experience: September 2018
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were quite lucky and we had such nice weather when we hiked good ol'Ben! But that's not a day to day occurrence so be prepared to abandon your plans if the weather is bad. Took us about 8 hours for the whole thing but...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank CristinaAriadna
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went up Ben Nevis in the gondolas. It had been snowing but was # clear and sunny at the time, the views were amazing. There is a cafe / restaurant up there.

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank Sozlovesholisays
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Climbed Ben Nevis for the first time in winter, Jan 31st with my 19 year old son and what an experience. We didn't quite make the summit, reached 4206 feet, due to a few reasons, snow depth and time left for light, being a couple,...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Last minute decision to Attempt to Conquer Ben Nevis 312 mile and 5 1/2 hours later i arrived at 8am Monday 28th January . Choose to stay at the Ben Nevis Hotel & Leisure club £40 B&B and because they had a pool , jacuzzi...More

Date of experience: January 2019
3  Thank CharlesJ430
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Did nevis with my mate in august for Derian house children’s hospice, raising almost £1000 , it started as a nice steady hike , the weather turned really nasty half way up , still an amazing day and experience,

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Co666
Reviewed January 12, 2019

Who couldn't help but feel they were part of the movie Braveheart while in the shadow of Ben Nevis? Being in this area was beautiful - as was most of Scotland. We wandered around for a while and Tom found a lovely steam beneath a...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Leanne B
Reviewed January 1, 2019

Ben Nevis fascinates! Ben Nevis mesmerizes! And of course it cannot but capture your heart and soul and stay there forevermore! The spot of absolute power and wonders. An absolute must !

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank KseniaLoveUBritain
Reviewed December 17, 2018

A must for all hillwalking and hiking lovers! The day I went had bad weather but I can imagine the views to be quite something on a clear day. Definitely still an accomplishment climbing the highest peak in the UK!

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Canadiangirl7649
Reviewed December 16, 2018 via mobile

In July 2017 I climbed Ben Nevis for the first time solo by the tourist track. Very straightfirward with good path throughout. A long hard ascent requiring care and respect. Descent as ever for ne was more difficult. Walking poles would help. Great atmosphere. Everyone...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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January 30, 2019|
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Response from LisaandRobC | Reviewed this property |
The path is obvious and there is no reason to "need" a guide, so it would be a matter of wanting someone local to talk with during the hike. My husband and I did the hike to top in Sept. It was cold and wet and socked in at... More
November 6, 2018|
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Response from 304susiec | Reviewed this property |
The main route is called the pony path but I wouldn’t recommend taking a donkey up it.
August 21, 2018|
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Response from luke s |
I would say july-august is best. You should be ok if the weather's good. Bare in mind the weather wind rain snow etc is a different world up there, especially when you get it wrong. And it's a long slog, about 5-6 hours. So... More
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Trip Plan. Help? (7 Replies)
Hello again, everybody. Thanks so much for your quick answers. We're planning to go to Scotland -for the first time-from 19th july till 2nd august. the fact is that we are still deciding what we want to see and do (we like hiking, animals and nature in general, but also castles and old villages). Anyway, I think I know, roughly, the areas where we will be staying. What do you think?Too many? not enough? By the way, we are going by car. Recommended routes?should avoid any? I'm a bit...More
May 11, 2006|
Response frommooseloose|
One way to plan your trip would be to visit Historic Scotland's website and look out the attractions that most appeal. I'd advise you purchase an annual Historic Scotland membership as you'll probably make your money after only visiting 3 of their properties and you'll get discounts in their shops etc. Hope you have a great time!
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Mixture of accommodation types for a small group (7 Replies)
Hi All, 1.)A group of about 10 are travelling to Fort William or nearby to climb Ben Nevis in October. Some want to stay in hostel type accommodation and some in hotel type. Are there are accommodations around Fort William that offer that accommodation. Preferably we would like to stay close enough together so that transport pick ups and drop offs will be simple. Any ideas anyone? What OS map numbers of the area do I need to get? I prefer the 1:50,000 scale.
September 11, 2007|
Response fromBryno|
Regarding the map, I found the OS website and have purchased a Landranger Map of the Ben Nevis area. That should be fine.
2 to 3 Day Sidetrips from Edinburgh in Winter? (12 Replies)
We've been to Edinburgh before and seen many sights there and in day trips to Stirling, Glencoe, Ben Nevis, Loch Ness, Falkirk, Lindisfarne, Alnwick, etc. Now we'd like to go further afield, by train or by car, possibly to Orkney, Skye, York, or the Lake District. But it's winter, the sun sets at 3:30, and many places are closed. Any recommendations?
December 13, 2015|
Response fromFrances-Jane|
Yes, stay in Edinburgh and enjoy Winter.