Ben Nevis, Fort William

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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  • Went to the visitor centre. Gondola starts from here and takes you up the mountain. Pien Marten café is graat to have a coffee or even a meal. Always a favourite for mountain bikers. Various walks sta...  more »
  • Lovely morning view from the car park very nice view of the mountain and nice visitors centre and a lovely meandering river.  more »
  • So we thought we would challenge ourselves and attempt Ben Nevis in winter, it really is a force to be reckoned with. We got to five guys gully and due to the weather and lack of crampons and Ice axes...  more »
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  • Ben Nevis is a wonderful mountain to trek. It’s a relatively short climb to the top, around 4 hours if you have a good pace. It is pretty steep in places but totally manageable. The views of the Scottish highlands are breath taking and the locals and visitors are really friendly. You are guarantied a great day out!
  • Great climb up the mountain with views across many lochs. It's great fun ticking off mountains in the distance as you surpass their summits. the Summit was icy and extremely cold without gloves, so make sure you've packed warm clothes if you're fancying spending much time at the top. Very large area surrounding the trig on the summit and plenty of shelter from the wind in the form of ruined structures. Even has an emergency shelter right at the top!
  • Despite it's stature Ben Nevis is easy walking but be warned it does have a sinister side. It can and does kill people. The weather can change in an instant, you may set out in good weather but within a few short minutes you can be isolated in the mist/Fog. You can find yourself on Snow even very late into the summer. Rain is a constant companion sometimes and hail is always a possibility. You must be able to read a map and use a compass, the GPS is a useful addition to your tool kit but should never be the only tool in the kit. You need to know what you are doing in the hills and you need the right kit and boots. Just because it looks easy and you have been told it is easy, you can see the summit and 200 people went up and back down yesterday without incident, you have to be properly prepared
  • Highest mountain in the UK, there are some great route options. Mountain path (also known as pony track and also as alpine path by some) is easy hike in good weather but a tricky one in winters. CMD route, ledge route and numerous options on north face offer some adventurous options (please be safe and go with qualified leaders).
  • We had such an amazing climb up Ben Nevis. Visibility was very poor and very cold condition. It was such a great experience.
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