Ben Nevis

Ben Nevis is the UK's highest summit at 1,345m and it towers above Fort William and the surrounding hills of the Mamore's and Grey Coires. The Ben, as it is more commonly know, is one of Lochaber's main tourist attractions with over 150,000 people a year making their way to the top for the opportunity of some of the best views in the country.

The poet John Keets wrote in 1818 "Upon the Top of Nevis Blind in Mist! I look into the Chasms and a shroud Vaporous doth hide them."

Ben Nevis - Mountain Track

The Mountain Track, the easiest route which should not be underestimated starts just above sea level and climbs around the Southern flanks of Meall an t-shuide and climbs up to the halfway lochan and then on to the Red burn, which marks the real halfway point. From here the path zig-zags its way up the upper part of the mountain to reach the vast moon-like andesite lava plateau. It's not over there though, a short walk from the start of the plateau and you'll reach the summit, with its trig point and the ruins of the observatory which were manned 24 hours a day, year round between 1883 and 1904.

 

Ben Nevis - Carn Mor Dearg Arete

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Ben Nevis - Scrambles

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