Ben Nevis

Ben Nevis, Fort William: Address, Phone Number, Ben Nevis Reviews: 4.5/5

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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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1-2 hours
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Joey D
3 contributions
HIKE AHOY
Nov 2021 • Friends
A great place to hike with your friends. Al thought it can be tiring it is very nice and great few days out in the highlands. Next we will try harder
Written November 23, 2021
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TheoSox10
Lowestoft, UK598 contributions
3 peak challenge in 24hours , mountain number 1
Sep 2021 • Friends
We were part of a big group organised by "active mountaineering" We were doing the national 3 peaks challenge in 24hour. This was the first mountain we had to do. We started at 0838 and took the heart attack Hill route up and then joined the main trail to the Summit and followed the same route back. Completed this mountain in 4hours 38mins. Which was a reasonable pace set by the organisation owners, Chris and Nic. We stopped a fee times on the way up and down to regroup, layer up and snack. We had a few photo opportunities to take photos at the top before heading down
Written October 30, 2021
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Lyndon80
Glasgow, UK24 contributions
Ben Nevis - Amazing experience
Oct 2021 • Friends
Amazing experience. Began at visitors centre and walked up pony track/mountain track. First half up to the loch half decent path of gravel, rocks and stone steps. Second part was more trickier and lots of rocks and even boulders at times to go over. At times the path was not easy to identify and in poor visibility or snow it would have been very difficult. At top part the stone cairn markers are a real help. Done it during October and it was dry when we started however at the top it was very wet and cold. Used walking poles which really helped especially on the way back down. Took 1.5 litres of water and drank about half of this and some high energy snacks. Walking boots a must as the terrain is difficult at times. Good waterproofs essential. I would do it again however wouldn’t fancy it on my own. One of our party got an injury on the way down and it was a tough and long descent.
Written October 14, 2021
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Sallochy2016
Veghel, The Netherlands1,837 contributions
Fantastic scenery!
Oct 2021 • Friends
After 5 days West Highland Way we wanted to climb the Ben Nevis on the 6th day. Unfortunately the weather was very bad with heavy rains. So did not manage to the top. Hopefully next year! Had a nice beer in the Ben Nevis Inn! Enjoyed the beautiful Scottisch scenery!
Written October 10, 2021
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Christina W
Bristol, UK107 contributions
The real review
Jun 2021 • Couples
Now everything you read will be pretty accurate. Apart from the decent.

This is an exceptional hike, this was our first time and second time climbing a mountain. The views are fantastic, the climb is nice and steady until about half way.

You will get to a point where your asking the people on their way down "how much longer" but keep at it. Its either 20 minute or 2 hours. Either way..keep going!!

The summit is stunning and a true example of adrenalin kicking in. I was exhausted and then boom...I could have ran to the summit. But there was so much snow. I was elated at the summit. It is SO worth it.

Now..m the decent! Honestly harder than thr climb, don't try a short cut either - they're dangerous. But your legs will kill if you don't have poles and your feet will burn!!

I advise parking by Glen Nevis car park. It s steep climb first off to meet the normal mountain path. But it will save you 2 miles on your way down. The other parking is the Ben Nevis Visitors Centre.

There are of course other paths. We did the mountain track. Alot easier than scafel pike I reckon.

Lucozade sports are a must, plenty of water. Don't wear trainers...your feet will get wet when cross the river. And it's ankle sprain city and some points. Get some proper boots in a nut shell. Incredible, lots of snow, really incredible, long (8 hours it took us). And beware the decent!
Written October 5, 2021
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Daugtanion
Wakefield, UK116 contributions
Conquering The Ben!
Aug 2021 • Family
Conquered The Ben in late August with my 9 year old daughter - proper wanted to give up after the first hour but glad we carried on, great sense of achievement at the top (though visibility was poor).

The route is tough, make no mistake, it’s steep in places, unrelenting and exposed to the elements - which make the achievement all the greater. Parts of the path are just loose rocks and it was fortunate that the day I was born I was visited by the Mountain Goat God who blessed me with mountain goat skills in traversing tricky paths - my daughter wasn’t so fortunate, as when she was born I chased the Mountain Goat God away, mistaking the Diety for a common goat - hence she tripped and stumbled several times.

I can’t recommend this enough for those adventurous souls who want something more out of life - climb The Ben!!
Written October 3, 2021
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laurac65
Yeovil, somerset7 contributions
Hard work - but worth it
Sep 2021
We climbed Ben Nevis the last weekend in September , the weather started warm , but within an hour or so we were layering up and starting to get wet.

We stomped up the mountain in 3hrs 20mins - it was far too cold to sit and eat at the top , and actually none of us were hungry anyway - running on 1 energy gel and a load of cashews! so we raced down the mountain in 1hr 58mins.

Although it is pretty much up hill the entire way (there was 1 flat section) the downhill is far harder on your body - my calves and thighs are just about recovering now - 5 days later.
I am not a hiker , but had got in a few hikes in the weeks running up to this , and felt that Ben Nevis was easily achievable - but everyone is different - and don't attempt without at least a couple of weeks training up/down hill! your body won't appreciate it if you don't!

Also there weren't really any scary ledges - which was one of my worries!
Written September 30, 2021
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Kirsty Roberts
Ashford, UK3 contributions
unreal achievement.
Sep 2021 • Couples
climbed 19th sept, hardest thing i have ever done but there is a real sense of achievement when you reach the top & can say you have climbed the tallest mountain in GB! the conditions at the top were brutal however we came prepared with extra layers, clothes & coats! if you are thinking of doing this, i would say prepare for the longest walk, you’ll likely want to give up many times but just keep going!
Written September 24, 2021
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SamS462
uk84 contributions
Brutal but amazing sense of achievement
Sep 2021 • Couples
My husband and i, along with our 2 dogs I climbed ‘The Ben’ yesterday. We got to the summit and down in 6hrs 40.
It was amazing amazing experience although I found it brutal! We were lucky with the weather- only having rain for 30 mins on our descent. The path is clear to follow. Everyone on the same org is encouraging which helps. Lots of short stops and plenty of water and snacks helped. Really feeling it in my legs today!
Written September 21, 2021
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russell e
Huntingdon, UK57 contributions
Not the break we expected!
May 2021 • Family
On a short visit to Scotland my wife and daughter were descending Ben Nevis after they had walked just over half way to the summit. It had briefly rained and although with all the correct walking gear my wife slipped on a rock and broke her left fibula.
Unable to walk my daughter called 999 and the mountain rescue team were called.
I was at the bottom of the highest peak in Scotland and saw the rescue team arrive and set up. It had taken my wife some hour and half to get where she had fallen but this team of 12 said they would be there in 20 mins!!
After about an hour they all appeared again with my wife on a stretcher and had taken it in turns carrying her over the rocky parts.
A most impressive piece of coordinated and rapid rescue from a dedicated group of volunteers who do this in practice each week and rescue about another two per week.
All our thanks go to the Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team.
An hour or so later my wife was in plaster and we continued our tour of Scotland adapting to the disablement.
Written September 20, 2021
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