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. Arrange your visit to Ben Nevis and discover more family-friendly attractions in Fort William using our Fort William road trip website .
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  • Great experience only if you are lucky with a weather. There is some cracking views all over the show in Scotland, however it is definitely worth to see Ben Nevis and reach the summit if you like a li...  more »
  • What an amazing if not hard experience. Did this on the 5th Aug and took longer than expected but it wasn't a race, weather was goid for the most part and the views are out of this world. Very busy mo...  more »
  • We were blessed with stunning views! It was day 2 of being a Mr & Mrs and a really special experience. 3 hours to the top and 2.5 hours down.  more »
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  • Absolute beauty of a hike. Bring warm and dry clothes though, because it gets quite cold at the top. The path was very nicely maintained. There is a constant stream of people going up the mountain, so don't bother going too early (we went right before 9,which is when the visitors center opens, meaning it was not too busy)
  • Might be the highest mountain in the 🇬🇧, but the hike is not as difficult as you think. Just follow the path and you can’t get lost. The only thing to watch is The Weather. Just check the forecast regularly. Even when you think,you should be ok ,still ask at the Info Centre which is located at the main car park.
  • Great hike, awesome views. Bring good hiking shoes because it is quite rocky the higher you go. The path is quite a bit rougher at 1000m (3000ft) than it is in the alps at 2500m sometimes (8000ft). Path is easy to follow, upper section can be bit trickier when there are not many people and the sight is limited due to clouds.
  • Bring waterproofs!! Make sure you have the right clothing because a clear day from the bottom can still be snowing at the top. Allow yourself 8 hours all together. Experienced hikers can expect 5-6 hours. It's a very busy path. Best time to visit in April. There are only 10 days of the year it's clear from the top.
  • We hiked this mountain in August. The weather was very nice. However once we got closer to the summit we were surounded by fog. This actually was an awesome experience because it feels like you are in another world. On our decent we got a beautiful view of the surrounding mountains as well. It took us about 2.5 hours to get to the summit, we took a few 5 min breaks. I would recommend to bring a hat and gloves. Once you get close to the summit it will be very cold. Enjoy your climb, we felt very accomplished once we were back down.

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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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