Ben Nevis, Fort William

4.7
#1 of 168 in Parks in Scottish Highlands
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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  • We began too late in the afternoon to make it to the top, but thoroughly enjoyed two hours of trail walking.  more »
  • Sadly it was very wet so much of the mountain was shrouded in cloud but it was certainly majestic! The gift shop was filled with nice quality items too.  more »
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  • Tough going up and even tougher going down but what a sense of achievement!
  • Amazing views. Great day of walking and climbing
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