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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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  • I left Edinburgh with weather sealed with wet snow but the bus driver really excited with the tour of 12:00 that would have the front and laughing said "do not think that we will have a fiauem bad ride because we are in Scotland and the weather changes every minute". And it was true, despite cold Highlands, the sky is blue and we took beautiful pictures. I saw The Ben, just the base but with valleys (Glen) very beautiful. I intend to return in the fall or spring.
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  • Very busy on a Saturday in summer, not a particularly challenging walk and one to do if you want to say you've done it but for no other reason. There are better ones around. 
  • This is the highest mountain in Scotland. Climbed in one day. Climb was doing good. Very beautiful view along the way. In May we still had snow on the top!
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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.