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Ben Nevis

Ben Nevis

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2,842 Reviews
Fort William, PH33 6SY

The Basics

The hike to the summit of Ben Nevis can take up to nine hours round-trip, so it is only recommended for physically-fit hikers. If you’re interested in climbing Britain’s highest mountain, but don’t want to go it alone, join a guided hike from Fort William.

There are also many ways to experience Ben Nevis without having to climb it: You can enjoy views of the mountain from Loch Eil or the Glen Nevis Visitor Centre, or take a scenic gondola ride at the Nevis Range Mountain Resort. You can see the mountain on day trips to the Highlands from Edinburgh or Glasgow, or you can choose a multi-day trip that stops at Ben Nevis, the Isle of Skye, Loch Ness, and other sights.

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Recent reviews from experiences in The Scottish Highlands

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Amazing
Abishag_T, Sep 2021
Glencoe, Ben Nevis and Loch Ness Day Tour from Edinburgh
It was organised and amazing. Tom was helpful accommodating and knowledgeable. Over all we had a great time in the highlands.
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Highland love.
Stephanie_W, Sep 2021
Glencoe, Ben Nevis and Loch Ness Day Tour from Edinburgh
Caitlin was the absolute best tour guide I have ever had. She brought the tour to life with her charm and knowledge. I would recommend doing this tour and seeing the highlands with Caitlin while she is still touring!
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Challenging and very rewarding
rachel_c, Aug 2021
Group Walk up Ben Nevis from Fort William
Well organised, professional guides - flexible - allowing the group to go at their own pace and plenty of breaks.
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Got there in the end!
Irving_J, Aug 2021
Group Walk up Ben Nevis from Fort William
Unfortunately, exceptionally hot weather meant I dropped out of this walk before halfway due to my age and carrying excess baggage but the guide was very understanding. Fortunately my partner was able to carry on and gleaned many tips which helped us when she and I climbed the mountain together in milder weather the very next day! A great experience in the end!
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Great trip
Tom, Sep 2021
Glencoe, Ben Nevis and Loch Ness Day Tour from Edinburgh
Tom was great at storytelling! And provided some excellent information about Scotland and the surrounding areas. Really loved it
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Good walk
Iwa, Jul 2021
Group Walk up Ben Nevis from Fort William
Scott, the guide, was very friendly and informative. Group was too slow for me but no one fault. Was good walk.
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Excellent
Teresa_B, Jul 2021
Glencoe, Ben Nevis and Loch Ness Day Tour from Edinburgh
Very good day, although 12 hour round trip. Unfortunately poured with rain as we pulled into Loch Ness. Our tour guide scot was very knowledgeable and had a great singing voice
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Excellent taster for the Highlands
Mark_S, Jun 2021
Glencoe, Ben Nevis and Loch Ness Day Tour from Edinburgh
Views were stunning, Scot was entertaining. Although on paper a long day, looking at the views and listening to Scots stories it flew by
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Informative, enjoyable hiking experience
Nicholas_C, Jun 2021
Group Walk up Ben Nevis from Fort William
Gary, the team leader, was extremely informative and friendly and was very sympathetic to our limitations! His focus was mature and he never rushed us at any time. He obviously enjoys his job and is really enthusiadtic
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Amazing
Sebestyen_G, Jun 2021
Glencoe, Ben Nevis and Loch Ness Day Tour from Edinburgh
The landscapes were magnificent and our guide gave many historical details about the places. I recommend for everyone this kind of trip around Scotland.
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Absolutely brilliant but hard work
ray_d, May 2021
Group Walk up Ben Nevis from Fort William
Although hundreds of people doing the walk without a guide I felt safer knowing someone was about knowing the mountain route
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Great Scottish Landscape tour
LMS, May 2021
Glencoe, Ben Nevis and Loch Ness Day Tour from Edinburgh
Caitlin was great and enthusiastic. The timings were perfect and the weather was great. The views were breathtaking. The coach was comfy tho the lunch was a little basic.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Make sure to pack proper hiking boots if you plan to hike Ben Nevis; the rocky path can be slippery.

  • Pack a hat and sunscreen as well as extra layers, gloves, and raingear. Weather can change quickly in the Highlands, and you’re likely to be exposed to both sun and rain.

  • The Nevis Range Mountain Gondola is wheelchair accessible and offers panoramic views of Ben Nevis and the Great Glen.

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How to Get There

Ben Nevis is located in the Grampian Mountains in the Highlands of Scotland, near the city of Fort Williams. Most visitors start the climb up Ben Nevis from the trailhead at the Glen Nevis Visitor Centre. To get there, head west out of Fort William on Belford Road and continue straight on C1162; you’ll arrive at the visitors center in 2 miles (3.2 kilometers).

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When to Get There

The vast majority of climbers attempt Ben Nevis during the summer months, but even then you’ll want to be prepared for cold, wet, windy, and even snowy conditions. Ben Nevis is also a popular winter climbing spot for experienced mountaineers.

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Scotland’s Munro Bagging

“Munro bagging” is a popular hobby in Scotland. A Munro is a mountain in Scotland over 3,000 feet (914.4 meters) tall, and once you’ve reached the summit of any individual mountain, you’ve bagged a Munro. Once you’ve bagged all 282, you’re considered a Munroist. The list of mountains over 3,000 feet tall was first compiled by Sir Hugh Munro, in 1891, but he himself never actually reached all of the summits.

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