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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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  • We biked under the Ben, taking in the 10 under the Ben courses. It was fun, despite the weather being grey and a bit drizzly. I would recommend this if you think that there will be no view from the go...  more »
  • Our intention was to get a good view of Ben Nevis; not to climb it. As you head out of Fort William towards Glen Nevis on the C1162, there is a small lay-by as you pass over a cattle grid. On a clear ...  more »
  • We stay in kilmarnock so went through glencoe.. was beautiful there aswell so stopped to take some photos . We went here last October 2015. The weather stayed clear and the sun was trying to come out ...  more »
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  • Great climb with a very well maintained trail. Although it is the highest Ben, it is not the most difficult to climb due to how well the trail has been developed. Leave early (before 6am) to avoid the crowds.
  • Probably the best weekend to date traveled over 1000 miles, 30,000 steps on under 10hrs sleep in 3 days. What an experience
  • Great hill to climb, fantastic views when it's clear.
  • Done it 3 times now, easy to park if you arrive early enough and good path to the summit.
  • Mountain was busy with lots of traffic, but the route was well marked.