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Start you day EARLY. Trail is popular and the later you go the more people you have to watch out for. It took me just over 2 hrs to get to the top. I was lucky the clouds cleared a bit and I did get...More
I stayed in Fort William when I did some software work in 1983 at the Wiggins Teape Paper Mill at Corpach, near Fort William in Lochaber (Now Closed, like many of the industries in Britain). I climbed Ben Nevis in late May, and the weather...More
Ben Nevis, the highest mountain of Great Britain is a paradise for adventure seekers. Climbers, hikers and people who just love the outdoors have all possibilities to do something here. But it is important that due to the weather and the area proper preparation in...More
We are not walkers but going up on the Gondola is a real treat. Once at the top the views are amazing (double check before you purchase your ticket that there is good visibility before you head up). There is a cafe and you do...More
We have been up a few times and I have to say I have enjoyed each one and each one has been different.
We have taken tours up on busy, bright sunny days and snow clad Spring days, each one has been an adventure and...More
Climbed Ben Nevis, hardest climb we've ever done, snow near the top made the walking conditions very difficult also the very strong winds. However it was the best day ever as my boyfriend took me by surprise & got down on one knee in the...More
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
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
I would say it is a long climb but not difficult. I have seen children aged about 8 at the top. You can start at Fort William which would mean about a 35 min walk to the Ben Nevis Car Park where most people set off from... More
I would say it is a long climb but not difficult. I have seen children aged about 8 at the top. You can start at Fort William which would mean about a 35 min walk to the Ben Nevis Car Park where most people set off from.
Don't over burden yourself with equipment just make sure you take a hoodie, something waterprooof, snacks and a bottle of water (I replenish mine on the way up). Good shoes/boots and an early start are essential.
Enjoy your climb and I pray its a clear day so you can take in the views.
Response from audjames30 | Reviewed this property |
From Fort William itself you can take the Glen Nevis road which leads you to the Glen Nevis Visitor Centre where you can park. From there, there are two ways you can start the climb, over the metal bridge and take the path... More
From Fort William itself you can take the Glen Nevis road which leads you to the Glen Nevis Visitor Centre where you can park. From there, there are two ways you can start the climb, over the metal bridge and take the path upwards or walk along to the Hostel and start from there. We chose to go upwards where there are some steep paths. The hike itself is hard going but well worth it. Make sure you have warm clothes and plenty food. Walking poles too will help nearer the top.
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
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 top. The last hr or so of hike is not really a path as much as a surface of big rocks, then closer to top there are stacked rock towers to help mark the way to the end. The shelter is not something you'd go in (well my husband did and disturbed someone trying to sleep in it and it's not enough for more than a person or two). We had no view, so going to top was more about completing the hike, which i recommend! I also recommend making a reservation for dinner at the lodge at base. you wont get a table w/o a reservation. you can probably park their for your hike if you have reservations, otherwise the main parking is a bit lower at the visitor center. you cannot drive directly between the tourism lot and the lodge lot without going all the way back in town and crossing a bridge, so make a plan ahead of time. if you park at the tourism and eat at the lodge, you will have a good hike back to your car. we parked at the tourism lot, walked back to it and drove back to lodge for reservation b/c we had time and it was really rainy and I didn't want to hike after relaxing for dinner.