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Ben Nevis, Fort William

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Put on your best hiking boots and charge your camera batteries for a great outdoor adventure at Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain. This impressive mountain towers 1,343 m (4,406 ft) above the town of Fort William, attracting over 200,000 climbers each year. Most visitors use the well-maintained Pony Track, which starts on the southern side of the mountain. Experienced mountaineers and ice climbers prefer the 700-m (2,300-ft) cliffs on the northern face of the mountain, which offer scrambles of all levels of difficulty. The summit features the ruins of an observatory building, which closed in 1904. The weather can change suddenly at various stages of the ascent, so it’s best to hire a local guide and carry appropriate equipment, food, and plenty of water. Take a look at our Fort William itinerary maker to schedule your visit to Ben Nevis and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • The ascent to Ben Nevis, beautiful views up until the halfway point (waterfall) then the weather closed in on us and visibility wasn't good with wind and rain in the mix. However I was still smiling w...  more »
  • As regular walkers in reasonably health in our 50's this was quite a challenge at 4 miles up (1,344 metres). We were exceptionally lucky with the weather but even though it stayed dry it was really co...  more »
  • you will fall in love with Ben Nevis, when you have your first look at it. when i visited in Jan 2017, it was full of ice and the view from the top was amazing.  more »

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Where to stay in Fort William

A B&B along the high street provides access to pubs and cultural life. However, luxury hotels set among idyllic countryside are outside the city center. Consider a stay inside a refurbished historical building at one of the handful of guesthouses. less expensive lodging is also available in scenic areas within walking distance of the high street, or main street.
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