Take on Ben Nevis with either a guided day walk or join our all-inclusive weekend package. Whichever you choose our qualified mountain leaders will be with you every step of the way as you triumph over the UK’s highest summit. Towering above the town of Fort William deep in the Highlands of Scotland, Ben Nevis is an incredible mountain and the goal of many hill-walkers. Standing at 1345m high, it’s a full day out to walk to the summit and back, and what better way to do it than with a supporting group and an experienced leader? The total walk is just under 11 miles, with around 1350 metres of ascent and descent. We usually find it takes groups between 7-9 hours to complete the return journey. The Walk: We start from the Glen Nevis Visitor Centre, where the group will assemble at the entrance to the centre itself. We begin by crossing the River Nevis, and quickly start the uphill journey, gradually making our way up the rocky but clear trail that skirts the slopes of Meall an t-Suidhe. Views ahead will be of the spectacular wooded Glen Nevis, and before long we’ll be half-way, marked by the famous ‘half-way lochan’ of Lochan Meall an t-Suidhe. Beyond this point, the trail begins to zig-zag upwards, leaving much of the vegetation behind as we rise up to the summit plateau. Despite being rocky, the path is clear for most of the way up and relatively easy walking. Views from the summit are simply breath-taking. You’ll see over the islands of the Hebrides and the ocean and all around are peaks as far as the eye can see. What’s more, you can gaze down the 700 metre North Face, one of the highest cliffs in the UK. The summit area was once the home to Britain’s highest building, a weather observatory that was built and manned by the Victorians – you can still see the ruins to this day. After taking time to celebrate on the summit and have our picnic, we’ll begin the return journey, which will be down the same route. Our leaders will be able to point out interesting features now that the hard work is behind us and we can enjoy the descent. We are with you every step of the way as you take on the challenge to the top of The Ben! We will be staying at the 4-star Corran Bunkhouse, all of the warm and comfortable rooms are en-suite and we have the option for private twin and double rooms along with the standard shared rooms.
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You are welcome to arrive at the hostel any time from 5pm, where your host will be busy preparing the evening meal. You’ll have the chance to meet your fellow walkers, grab a hot drink, and enjoy the local scenery.
We’ll have a group dinner at 8pm where we’ll go over the plans for the next day, including kit advice and a weather update. The rest of the evening is yours to prepare for Saturday’s adventure. Your welcome to relax in the hostel and sample from the cheese-board or head to a local inn for the evening and sample some of their extensive whiskey selection.
After breakfast, we’ll make our packed lunches for the day’s walk and head out for the foot of Ben Nevis. Please note our accommodation is about a 30-minute drive from the start location and we will all look to car share to get there. There is only one walk offered for today since the aim is Britain’s highest mountain.
After the walk, we’ll head back to the hostel to get changed and celebrate. There’ll be a homemade evening dinner at 8pm and we normally then find that people stay up re-living the adventure over a few drinks in the lounge of our hostel.
After a leisurely Sunday breakfast, it’s time to pack up and say our farewells. If you’re keen to explore the local area, then we can point you in the right direction for some valley walks.
You’ll be working up a sweat. Bring along a touch of enthusiasm and a little determination
4 star bunkhouse. You'll be sharing with others of the same sex.
Refund excludes processing fees. Alternate dates may be able to be agreed at no additional cost, but this is not guaranteed.
Fort William, UK