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Ben Nevis

Ben Nevis

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3,184 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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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 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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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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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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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.
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Amazing experience with spectacular views.
Hugh_A, May 2021
Group Walk up Ben Nevis from Fort William
Spectacular views all the way even at the summit. Craig my guide was brilliant, very knowledgeable and kept me going even though I felt at times as though the legs had given up. Highly recommended and if you are as fortunate as I was to such a great guide you've won before you've even started. Thanks for a great and and brilliant experience.
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Excellent Experience
shadi_R, May 2021
Glencoe, Ben Nevis and Loch Ness Day Tour from Edinburgh
One of the best tour we have done. our guide is CAITLIN she was incredibly knowledgable and told us all about the different areas we visited also give us a fantastic day and fun Highly recommended :) … Brilliant Tour… A brilliant guide …Amazing Experience
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Ben Nevis Experience
Maureen_S, Sep 2020
Group Walk up Ben Nevis from Fort William
The communications from the start of booking to completion of the walk was very good. The walk was unable to go ahead on the original date due to a yellow weather warning. We were delighted that through communication and negotiation the event organiser was able to rearrange the walk to accommodate our availability. The guide we were assigned to support us on the walk was first class. Would definitely recommend.
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Scot - Tour Guide
Robert_P, Sep 2020
Glencoe, Ben Nevis and Loch Ness Day Tour from Edinburgh
Scot our tour guide, driver and good singer. Great day out by all. Scot’s knowledge of tour was excellent and well worth booking a professional tour because of this Knowledge and expertise you would not have if driving to same locations. Thank you, Robert & Sharon - we will definitely recommend to family and friends.
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Amazing day trip !!!@
Cheryl, Aug 2020
Glencoe, Ben Nevis and Loch Ness Day Tour from Edinburgh
Our tour guide Caitlin was amazing....very informative..... it's a long day but worth going on to see the amazing Glencoe.... Loch Ness and Ben Nevis ... definitely recommend this day trip!!!!
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Full Scottish experience
Carole, Sep 2020
Glencoe, Ben Nevis and Loch Ness Day Tour from Edinburgh
This was a great day - Rich was a fantastic guide and his stories were entertaining. It was a long day but the sites were worth it.

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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