Holidays in Ben Nevis

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Ben Nevis which includes mountains, tranquil scenes and forests

Brave the conditions and climb to the summit of this mountain to see the ruins of an observatory from the 19th century.

Ben Nevis is the highest mountain in the United Kingdom. In the western portion of the Grampian Mountains, the picturesque giant dominates the skyline and overlooks several lakes. Join the many hikers and mountaineers who battle the elements year-round to conquer the mountain.

Enter the visitor center for information about weather conditions and paths. Purchase maps, snacks and souvenirs from the gift shop. Leaflets explain the geological formation of the giant rock.

Start your hike from Glen Nevis at the southern base of the natural landmark. The most straightforward route to the top is the Pony Track, so-called for its previous use as a path for ponies carrying equipment. Capture photos of the fields, hills and trees that make up the countryside.

Continue along the zigzagging path to find the Halfway Lochan, a small lake. Rest with a picnic beside the water, which stands at 1,900 feet (570 meters) from the base. The mountain peak is another 2,300 feet (700 meters) higher along stony terrain.

Although the path is not particularly steep, due to its many curves, weather conditions might limit the full ascent to experienced climbers. Bring full climbing equipment, including maps, compasses and appropriate footwear.

The cliffs on the northern face of the mountain attract passionate climbers looking for difficult rock ascents. Reach the mountain peak, at 4,409 feet (1,344 meters) above sea level, in 4 to 8 hours. At the top are the ruins of an observatory that was manned from 1883 to 1904.

The visitor center is open daily from morning until late afternoon. Note that it closes several hours earlier in winter. Entering the building and climbing the mountain is free.

Ben Nevis is 5 miles (8 kilometers) southeast of Fort William in the northwestern part of Scotland. It overlooks Loch Eil and other attractions, such as the Commando Memorial and Neptune’s Staircase. Embark on your climb from Achintee, just 1.5 miles (2 kilometers) from Fort William. Leave the car in the parking lot beside the visitor center at a small cost.

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The Garrison
The Garrison
4 out of 5
High Street, \N, Fort William, Scotland
The price is AU$76 per night from 28 Jan. to 29 Jan.
Situated in Fort William, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Loch Linnhe and 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Inverlochy Castle. Lochaber Geopark and West Highland Way are ...
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Glen Nevis Youth Hostel
Glen Nevis Youth Hostel
3 out of 5
Glen Nevis, Fort William, Scotland
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$122 per night from 1 Feb. to 2 Feb.
Situated in the mountains, this eco-friendly hostel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Lochaber Geopark, and within 3 mi (5 km) of Loch Linnhe and Inverlochy Castle. Neptune's ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (26 reviews)
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Reviewed on 17 Oct. 2021

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Ben Nevis Hotel & Leisure Club
Ben Nevis Hotel & Leisure Club
3 out of 5
North Road, Fort William, Scotland
The price is AU$104 per night from 30 Jan. to 31 Jan.
Situated in the historical district, this eco-friendly hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Lochaber Geopark, Loch Linnhe, and Inverlochy Castle. Ben Nevis Distillery ...
3.5/5 Good! (544 reviews)
"Staff lovely and very friendly, bar was lovely. And the rooms where nice and clean and looked good."

Reviewed on 14 Dec. 2021

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The Garrison
The Garrison
4 out of 5
High Street, \N, Fort William, Scotland
The price is AU$76 per night from 28 Jan. to 29 Jan.
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Glen Nevis Youth Hostel
Glen Nevis Youth Hostel
3 out of 5
Glen Nevis, Fort William, Scotland
The price is AU$122 per night from 1 Feb. to 2 Feb.
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Ben Nevis Hotel & Leisure Club
Ben Nevis Hotel & Leisure Club
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The price is AU$104 per night from 30 Jan. to 31 Jan.
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Inverlochy Castle
Inverlochy Castle
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Nevis Bank Inn
Nevis Bank Inn
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