Ben Nevis
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Fondly called "Ben" by the locals, Britain's highest mountain towers 4,406 feet above the town of Fort William.
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  • Tim K
    Manchester, Connecticut2 contributions
    Hiking in the Scottish Central Highlands
    Kris Brown of AbootScotland provided me with an amazing 3 days weekend of hiking in the Scottish central highlands. On Friday we travelled to Glencoe and hike thru the Lost Valley. On Saturday we hiked up the North side of Ben Nevis up the Carn Mor Dearg Arête route. This was a challenging 10-hour hike including 3+ hours of scrambling. Thanks to Kris’s guidance and encouragement I was able to summit Ben Nevis. On Sunday, we took it a little easier and hiked thru the Nevis Gorge up to Steall Falls then most of the way up a mountain behind it. Kris also made me 3 short videos of my trip which was an extra bonus. Thank you, Kris, for giving me three great days of hiking in the Scottish central highlands.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written June 15, 2023
  • johnsonwallace
    Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom144 contributions
    Hard work but worth it
    The last of the 3 peaks for us and as hard as the rest. However paths much easier to follow. We had no view from top but so pleased we did it. I would say if you can do first half (up to where you cross the river) you can get to the top but take your time.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 26, 2023
  • T S
    Surrey, United Kingdom290 contributions
    A great achievement
    We climbed this on Friday, visability was poor but we were thrilled that we achieved it. It was also fun to watch the many people descending and ascending in inappropriate clothing and footwear . When we were about an hour from the bottom some guy coming up asked me if he was nearly there!!!!!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 4, 2023
  • Russell M
    South of Scotland, United Kingdom37 contributions
    Ben Nevis, the slog!
    Britain's highest mountain. A tough slog not to be underestimated. The top is rarely free of clouds, locals reckon only 30 days a year! It is also very cold regardless o the temperature at sea level! Very rocky track of variable quality. Really not suitable for dogs, witnessed young fit dogs just lying down and refusing to move. It's extremely hard on their feet. Sad to see the litter, remember "Leave only footprints, take only memories ".
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 5, 2023
  • Laura H
    3 contributions
    Amazing
    Absolutely amazing day, very difficult climb but you just have to keep pushing! The visitor centre at the bottom is great for an ice cream! Felt a real sense of accomplishment afterwards! Advice - be prepared and take plenty of breaks. Also - have an ice bath afterwards!!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 7, 2023
  • Joachim P
    Saltsjobaden, Sweden864 contributions
    Great hike, but be prepared for bad weather
    Hiked up the mountain with my wife and it took 5 hrs and 40 minutes in total. Beautiful trail and scenery, but it was raining most of the way and the fog prevented us from enjoying any spectacular views. Also getting closer to the summit it started to get a wee bit cold and the wind was picking up. Even so, we very much enjoyed the hike and would warmly recommend it to anyone who is a bit adventurous at heart and reasonably fit. No need to get a tour guide since there is only one track leading up to the sunmit and it is difficult to get lost. Please bring rainwear as well as a hat and gloves and a rain cover for your backpack. You can do without all of that - in fact we met some locals wearing shorts - but great to have if you want to feel reasonably comfortable.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 17, 2023
  • Chris N
    18 contributions
    Tallest Person in the UK For a Few Minutes.
    Last of the Three Peaks for us. Going up was ok, we started at 6:00am and climbed up through the clouds and were rewarded with beautiful sunshine. Got to the Trig at the summit and had it all to myself, until a fellow walker arrived to take my picture. Coming down is a real mission, it felt like forever, but the views were amazing. Get there early, avoid the crowds going up, smile and say hi to them on the your way down.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 18, 2023
  • Peter Brian Wakefield
    9 contributions
    Ben Nevis Moaners
    Not for the disgruntled and not for the feint hearted. There is never 4G in areas of outstanding natural beauty for obvious reasons: the main reason being you’d have unsightly and untidy telecommunications masts everywhere in an area of outstanding natural beauty. And you can’t have masts in AONBs or National Parks such as the Peak District. You can’t have developments such as.McDonald’s or a supermarket on Ben Nevis, as it’ll be an eyesore in an area of outstanding natural beauty. You shouldn’t climb Ben Nevis at 4413 ft above the sea level if it’s too high to go up. If you feel giddy then take a tank of oxygen with you but keep away from camping stove and hot places. Ben Nevis is not for the feint hearted, and no developments are allowed on the mountain itself because environmentalists would hit the roof about it.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 19, 2023
  • AdamGlenNoah-2
    Inverness, United Kingdom14 contributions
    Be prepared…it’s a mountain!!!
    Have climbed Nevis two and a half times..once had to turn around due to poor weather. You see and hear every kind of idiot who think it’s a Sunday stroll when it just ain’t. Do your research people and reward yourself with a McDonalds when you get down, could have one quicker if you get a trip down with Mountain rescue.
    Visited September 2022
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 19, 2023
  • Carl M
    2 contributions
    Britain's best walk
    My favourite walk in Britain. Particularly like leaving at 3/4am, it's the best time to go up. Peaceful, tranquil and enjoyable from top to bottom. Also the most fun thing in the world is walking back down and seeing all the people panting and blustering when they're 10% of the way up, asking if they're almost at the top yet. Brings me genuine joy. Please folks, remember this can be a dangerous environment and suitable shoes must be worn, water MUST be taken with you, and you WILL need food. It's imperative. Plus, a rainproof jacket and a fleece as the weather can change quickly!
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 21, 2023
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Humphrey F
6 contributions
Aug 2020
We planned this trip about 9 months ago and have been very lucky. We did the climb on 15th August 2020 in fantastic sunny weather, but lets start at the beginning. We started out with breakfast at the Imperial Hotel (average but sufficient) at 07:30 and a quick trip to Morrisons for the days provisions (water, sandwich, energy bars). We arrived at the Nevis visitor centre at 0900 to find the car park full, so had to park in a lay-bye some 300m down the road. Very busy. The centre has public loo's which are handy before setting off in a procession with a lot of other people probably inspired by the good weather. There must have been 1000 people on the hill over the day.
I started in shorts and a polo shirt with baseball hat and carried additional layers just in case which proved a good choice as it was hot all day. Sun cream was essential, so even though you may not get these conditions, you need to be prepared.
The first stage of the climb is nice with well made steps until you get to about half way at the lake where the path deteriorates in the scree. The second stage to the top is hard but we made it and had to queue for our turn to get a photo on the cairn. Wonderful views all around and some wicked cliffs which could be hazardous in poor visibility. Took us 4.75 hrs up and 3.5 coming down. Very happy to make it but facilities at the bottom close at 4pm so I couldn't stick my head under a tap to cool down.
Fort William is a mixture of beautiful older buildings and modern, cheap, ugly buildings. The town planners have made a real mess of a great location with big potential. Finding a pub or restaurant with a sea view or beer garden (for sunny days and dog walkers) appears to be a step too far. maybe the locals dont appreciate the vistas on their door step. Waste bins on the pavement also seem to be the norm.......not an attractive look.
Written August 17, 2020
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Jo P
Brough, UK435 contributions
Sep 2020 • Couples
Easy to follow path all the way to the top, we set off just after 7am and were one of the first up there, so no one coming down on the way up. It's a varied climb and steep in places but no scrambling on hands in knees thankfully. 10 mile to top and back from Ben Nevis visitor centre which took us 6.5hrs with plenty of stops on way. We found coming down a lot worse on the knees.
Be aware it was mild at the carpark but it was a freezing cold mist at the top so make sure you take head coverings and gloves as they are required.
We visited the Ben Nevis visitor centre the day before £2 for hour parking to find out nothing! Basically a small shop which I understand due to covid however I'm sure they could put some form of up to date info outside. Also parking is £6 for the day (not £4 as mentioned on their website).
Overall this is achievable for most semi fit people as long as you check the weather and wear appropriate clothes
Written September 16, 2020
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Gary N
Kingston-upon-Hull, UK23 contributions
Jun 2021 • Family
Firstly may I say there are no McDonalds, Costa, m&s, gondola nor toilets on the route or at the summit. This is not Oxford Street. This is a wild mountain, the tallest in the UK, treat it as such, and with respect.
The pony track ( tourist) is the easier route but it is still very challenging and very busy. Lots of rocks, loose ground and snow to negotiate but worth every step with the views you will encounter on your accent. My son 9yr wanted to give up half way but the positive encouragement from fellow walkers ( thank you) spurred him on to achieve his goal, the summit, which we reached in 5hrs . The sense of achievement was quite welcome as were the panorama. We had a clear day and the views were spectacular. The descent was a lot easier and also it was our turn to encourage walkers making their way up. My son was elated at what he achieved and would recommend this to anyone who wants an achievable goal, something that I don't think you will ever forget. A great hard 7hr slog but worth every 36000 steps.
Written June 7, 2021
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Katie
United Kingdom20 contributions
Aug 2020 • Family
We started the trek at 6.30am. Plenty of spaces in the carpark ( £6 btw). The toilets don't open till 8.30am! First part of the walk is very steady and gradual. Steps within the track route. We were within the cloud for half the ascent so very drizzly and lots of pockets of midges that we passed through that like to nip! The clouds then cleared which left glorious sunshine and stunning views. Views from the top were stunning. Weather for the descent was hot hot hot! Descent hard on calf muscles and knees! We are still feeling achy and sore 3 days later ( we are all relatively fit). The whole climb took us 8 hour 15minutes..as a few stops for the kiddies! It was getting very busy on our descent with a steady stream of people climbing..I would definitely recommend going early and beating the crowds. We are pleased we did! We were able to enjoy a picnic at the top in our own little space, whilst taking in the views.

Definitely walking shoes/boots. Trousers/shorts that have some give in them, layers and midgey spray! Plenty of fluids and snacks to keep you going!

As for the current COVID situation, paths can be narrow so social distancing can be tricky and non existent despite best attempts.

We have also done Scafell Pike and felt that Ben Nevis despite being higher was easier to climb! Just Snowden to encounter now!
Written August 19, 2020
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Sally S
London, UK89 contributions
Aug 2020 • Friends
Climbed on a beautiful August day and well worth the hike. Parked at the visitors centre (cost £6 for the day and worth it, we felt very happy upon our return that we’d invested in this rather than missioning it down the lane to free parking options (few spaces available) or walked from town). We arrived at 8.30am as had many others, you probably wouldn’t want to arrive much later for a parking space on a sunny Saturday in August.
We were geared up appropriately, walking shoes/boots, plenty of water and snacks, layers, gloves, buff, hat for the top. And most were used/needed.
It took us 3h with a couple of stops to summit. Well worth the hike for beautiful views between hazy clouds which moved to reveal new views. A nice orderly queue at the top to get pics by the weathervane, a few pics at the top and then we started our decent to slightly warmer altitudes for lunch.
A more gentle return to the foot of the Ben and to the Inn for a well deserved drink in the beer garden (very warm and sunny) before returning to the car and back to our B&B.
Stiff legs the next day but worth it. Lots of negativity around this climb on the web, you can’t do it unless you’ve climbed others etc. If you’re fit and healthy you can climb it, it’s hard work but it’s a walk over uneven ground at a gradient, it’s not ropes and karabiners!
Written August 9, 2020
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Cheryl S
Sheffield, UK44 contributions
Jun 2021 • Family
We went on the 1st of July 2021. It was forecast to be 23c and sunny all day, so thought this was the best chance to go.
If you have any weak joints, especially knees then do not do this hike. As even the easy route is difficult. The terrain is mostly rocks which you use as steps, but they are all uneven and lose. Meaning one missing footing and you go sliding. The closer to the top you get the smaller and loser the rocks get.
We took with us 12 bottles of water between 3 humans and 1 dog and we could have done with more. This was because it was extremely hot and in direct sunlight for 90% of the walk. We’d pack layers as we’d been told the weather could change at the moments notice, which I definitely recommend, but for us it wasn’t needed.
If you do this hike make sure you wear hiking boots, have plenty of water and food, a first aid kit and at least longer trousers and a rain coat, if you are going when the weather is hot. It was shocking how many people were attempting it, and having to turn back as they were wearing sandals or trainers, had no water or food, and then were struggling in the heat.
We took our dog with us. I highly recommend using a halti lead that you can wrap around your waste. There were lots of streams for her to go in to cool down. She’s a year old cockapoo and managed the walk fine. I just had lots of treats to give her throughout the hike. If your dog is smaller and can’t manage a flat 10 mile walk, then this isn’t for them.
Despite what some reviews on here say, there is no cafe at the top. There is one with toilets and the bottom.
It took us 8 hours 30 minutes with about 2 and a half hours of breaks.
This hike is not for tourists just wanting to pop out for the day. You need to be prepared for all weathers and have the right equipment. Also set off before 10am
Written July 3, 2021
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DC
5 contributions
Aug 2021
Ben Nevis is a proper long walk (9hrs)and I’d recommend you get some walking miles into your legs before taking this on if you are a softy southerner. Take plenty of water as there is only really one waterfall on the way to get a top up if you run low and it’s just beyond mid way. There are zero amenities at the top.
Views are amazing if you choose the right day which we did. Felt like we were in the alps. Even our crisp bag puffed up due to the air pressure difference. Glad I’ve done it and have the pictures to prove it.
Written September 4, 2021
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annette r
Virginia Water, UK53 contributions
Aug 2020 • Family
A very, very long walk for me. Took 10.5 hours with an extended stop at the summit to bask in the glory of my achievement, and another delay at the end an hour or so from the base, when a man in front of me was air lifted off. Of course we had to watch the drama unfold in full. The path is fairly arduous with many steep sections, and towards the top a series of zig zags which make you feel like you will never reach the top😓. Great when you do! My teenager sprinted around like a gazelle, my old hips were somewhat slower, and my husband wasn’t too much livelier! We took a “short cut” on the way down, probably wouldn’t recommend unless you are much younger and fitter than me. Practically slid down a very steep section on loose stones, should have stayed on the path, it was very slow going having to carefully pick every footstep!

We attempted the summit 6 years earlier, in not such favourable conditions. My son (then aged 9) and I turned back then about an hour or so from the summit when the weather changed and we were lashed by rain and biting winds. So pleased the weather was kind to us this time. Definitely triple check the forecast before you go, it makes a huge difference. We felt like conquering heroes this time around, but nothing could tempt me back up again!
Written September 7, 2020
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Munrobaggins
Forres, Scotland, United Kingdom18 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
We walked up this on a beautiful summer day. We had a rucksack full of gear, just in case ! We met hundreds of people !! Wearing jeans, sandals jelly shoes and carrying a bottle of water , no jackets or extra layers or extra water given the temperature at the bottom🥵🥵 onward we went we met loads of people coming down cos it was too hard, too hot or their kid couldn’t cope with it. We left the numpties behind at the halfway lochan and went on the Carn Mor Dearg before heading over the arête !! We stayed on the highest part of the ridge and the cloud covered Nevis and the North Face. There was no one else on the path we had chosen and we reached the end of the arête before a quick scramble up Nevis where we were greeted by hoards of people 🤬🤬🤬🥵🥵🥵 was like Sauchiehall st . We went straight to trig no way was i waiting in a queue for summit selfie 😂😂 some guys were already there taking ages to get a photo I was up and down in 10 seconds no messing about , just get on with it fools! Then we headed home again meeting hundreds of people heading up Ben Nevis at 5 pm ??? How long do they think it takes. If going up Nevis be prepared , it snows , it’s windy and cold and cloud makes it hard to see where you are going or have been. Please don’t think it’s called tourist track that it’s easy. It really isn’t . You could actually die but so long as you get a good photo it doesn’t matter 🙊🙊🙊 take extra clothes wear sensible boots take water and food.
Written April 7, 2022
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BeccaKracken
5 contributions
Aug 2021
One of the hardest things I have ever had to complete in my life. Both mentally and physically draining. I'm so proud of myself for not giving up.
Don't underestimate the walk. It took me a whole days hike and some of the path isn't path and does involve a bit of tactical footwork.

It is definitely worth going up. The sense of achievement is wonderful and even if you cant see much, the clouds might just move over so you can get a glimpse of the wonderful and astounding views.

Be aware there is no toilets (obviously) and a lot of tourists during the time I went, so going to the toilet is a hardship. I held it in till I got back to the bottom. There are toilets and a gifty shop at the bottom with medals to say you've completed it too.

Good Luck if you're going up and well done if you've been up.
Somebody did it in 90 minutes and here's me at 9 hours!!!!!
Written August 24, 2021
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