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Ben Nevis, Fort William

#1 of 171 in Parks in Scottish Highlands
Must see · Mountain · Nature / Park
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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  • Amazing experience. Began at visitors centre and walked up pony track/mountain track. First half up to the loch half decent path of gravel, rocks and stone steps. Second part was more trickier and...  more »
  • After 5 days West Highland Way we wanted to climb the Ben Nevis on the 6th day. Unfortunately the weather was very bad with heavy rains. So did not manage to the top. Hopefully next year! Had a nice.....  more »
  • 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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