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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
+44 1397 705922
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Reviewed 5 days ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago 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
Thank Kathyxyz
Reviewed December 5, 2018

Arriving at base camp around 3:30am: not going to lie, I was feeling a bit peaky already. With the light of a full moon and a calm wind, it's so easy to forget how the bottom and top can be mountains apart. The climb is...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank BallsyBrew
Reviewed November 26, 2018

We didn't get the chance to climb to the top of Ben Nevis, but we took the time to admire and marvel at its beauty and majesty! It is the highest peak in Britain and there are a couple of different, good paths to the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Dimitris L
Reviewed November 14, 2018

A great trip that you can get a wonderful experience if you take your precautions and prepare yourself well. We started the trip from the bridge at 0900 and were down at 1800 - success was that we had enough drinks, a whole bread and...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank FrankPavelsPetersen
Reviewed November 12, 2018 via mobile

My partner and I went up on 8th November. We experienced all seasons in one day. It was cold and snowy at the top, but the view was worth it. The slog down is definitely harder than going up, don’t get complacent coming down, as...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Suziepamela
Reviewed November 11, 2018 via mobile

Great place to trek to the summit and the views are out of this world at about half way and at the top

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Mr w
Reviewed November 8, 2018

In all its profound beauty, this is an experience of a lifetime. But taking on this challenge is no breeze. This is not a walk in the park. Starting the climb at the Glen Nevis Visitor Center at some 20 meters (60 feet) altitude and...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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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
Tadas B
July 15, 2018|
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Response from Max A | Reviewed this property |
Your last hour or two may be a bit tricky as the sun will fade. We started at that time and it made it well before dusk however that was when the days were slightly longer
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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.