Ben Nevis140 Votes Currently Open
- Address: Ben Nevis, Fort William PH33 6SY, UK, United Kingdom
- Timings: 24-hrs Details
- Time Required: 10:00 Hrs
- Tags: Family And Kids
Standing at a height of 4411 feet above the mean seal level, the Ben Nevis is the highest mountain in British Isles and one of the top tourist attractions in the region.
The name “nevis” comes form the Gaelic word “nibheis” which translates multiple meanings including “venomous”- indicating just how hard the climb to the summit. Poetically, the mountain is also called the “mountain of heaven”!
Rising from the shore line at Loch Linnhe, the mountain has a couple of tracks used by hikers according to their expertise. The Pony track from Glen Nevis is one of the most commonly used hiking trails. Even though reaching the summit is a challenge like none other, the main attraction of Ben Nevis are the cliffs on the northern face of the mountain that touch a height of 2000 feet and are loved by climbers (especially ice climbers), skiers and mountaineers.
Ben Nevis is actually the remains of a volcano that became dormant 350 million years ago. You can still find basaltic lava veins, the main collapsed dome and schist and dykes around the terrain but most of its landscape is currently shaped by the glacier.
The observatory at the summit dates back to 1883 and was operational till 1904 and even though now only in ruins, it has become the highlight of the hike. The view of the cascading streams on the lofty mountain range, the valley river and the clouds that form patches in the blue sky, only scratch the surface! The best part about the mountain is even though it attracts thousands of visitors every year, it still maintains its rustic terrain. You can find scenic spots almost everywhere on the hiking trail and if you are visiting during winters, the snow capped mountains justify the name- “heaven”!
Ben Nevis Travel Tips
- Carry bottled drinking water and food items.
- Wear sturdy shoes, comfortable clothes and make sure you have a first aid kit juts in case.
- The hike to the top will take around 3 hours to 5 hours while the descend will take shorter. Carry resources accordingly.
- If you can, carry tools like maps and a compass to make the hike easier.
How to Reach Ben Nevis
- By Taxi
- By hiring a Car.
- By renting a Bike/ Cycle.
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Ben Nevis Reviews & Ratings
Very pleasant and straightforward climb. Overall time took 4 hours up and 3 hours down including stops. Waterfall halfway up is a refreshing stop. Be cautionary if the gullies, observe from a distance. The top is cold and cloudy and a grey achievement. Be prepared for achy knees for the decent.
Great climb, even better views. Gets very busy so make an early morning start. Remember and pack correctly for all weather and wear appropriate clothing and footwear.
Mr Hadlow has climbed Ben Nevis in July. There was still snow on the top. When you get there, you know you have climbed the highest mountain in Britain. Truly immense!
Great fun and quite a challenge. Climbed it after walking the west Highland way which is quite a popular thing to do. My legs don't half hurt today!
Best thing I've personally ever done is conquer been Nevis on my birthday. Dress for the top, take good hiking shoes, waterproof jacket and crampons. flapjacks or high protein energy bars and plenty of water are essential. In total it took us about 7 and hours to get to the top and back.