Ben Nevis
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Fondly called "Ben" by the locals, Britain's highest mountain towers 4,406 feet above the town of Fort William.
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  • Joachim P
    Saltsjobaden, Sweden1,276 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great hike, but be prepared for bad weather
    Hiked up the mountain with my wife and it took 5 hrs and 40 minutes in total. Beautiful trail and scenery, but it was raining most of the way and the fog prevented us from enjoying any spectacular views. Also getting closer to the summit it started to get a wee bit cold and the wind was picking up. Even so, we very much enjoyed the hike and would warmly recommend it to anyone who is a bit adventurous at heart and reasonably fit. No need to get a tour guide since there is only one track leading up to the sunmit and it is difficult to get lost. Please bring rainwear as well as a hat and gloves and a rain cover for your backpack. You can do without all of that - in fact we met some locals wearing shorts - but great to have if you want to feel reasonably comfortable.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 July 2023
  • Chris N
    45 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tallest Person in the UK For a Few Minutes.
    Last of the Three Peaks for us. Going up was ok, we started at 6:00am and climbed up through the clouds and were rewarded with beautiful sunshine. Got to the Trig at the summit and had it all to myself, until a fellow walker arrived to take my picture. Coming down is a real mission, it felt like forever, but the views were amazing. Get there early, avoid the crowds going up, smile and say hi to them on the your way down.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 July 2023
  • Peter Brian Wakefield
    Liverpool, United Kingdom20 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ben Nevis Moaners
    Not for the disgruntled and not for the feint hearted. There is never 4G in areas of outstanding natural beauty for obvious reasons: the main reason being you’d have unsightly and untidy telecommunications masts everywhere in an area of outstanding natural beauty. And you can’t have masts in AONBs or National Parks such as the Peak District. You can’t have developments such as.McDonald’s or a supermarket on Ben Nevis, as it’ll be an eyesore in an area of outstanding natural beauty. You shouldn’t climb Ben Nevis at 4413 ft above the sea level if it’s too high to go up. If you feel giddy then take a tank of oxygen with you but keep away from camping stove and hot places. Ben Nevis is not for the feint hearted, and no developments are allowed on the mountain itself because environmentalists would hit the roof about it.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 19 July 2023
  • AdamGlenNoah-2
    Inverness, United Kingdom18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Be prepared…it’s a mountain!!!
    Have climbed Nevis two and a half times..once had to turn around due to poor weather. You see and hear every kind of idiot who think it’s a Sunday stroll when it just ain’t. Do your research people and reward yourself with a McDonalds when you get down, could have one quicker if you get a trip down with Mountain rescue.
    Visited September 2022
    Travelled with friends
    Written 19 July 2023
  • Carl M
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Britain's best walk
    My favourite walk in Britain. Particularly like leaving at 3/4am, it's the best time to go up. Peaceful, tranquil and enjoyable from top to bottom. Also the most fun thing in the world is walking back down and seeing all the people panting and blustering when they're 10% of the way up, asking if they're almost at the top yet. Brings me genuine joy. Please folks, remember this can be a dangerous environment and suitable shoes must be worn, water MUST be taken with you, and you WILL need food. It's imperative. Plus, a rainproof jacket and a fleece as the weather can change quickly!
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 21 July 2023
  • Traveding
    Selby, United Kingdom35 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Long hard slog
    I've rated this experience excellent but my god I did not feel excellent coming down. Whilst this is the biggest assent in the UK, it certainty isn't the hardest. For someone who is fairly fit, I would say this is a good long slog and a safe route with no scrambling. It is one of the most rewarding assents because you are at the top of the UK.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 17 August 2023
  • fal3
    London, United Kingdom51 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Enjoyable challenge
    Would say this is easy to complete given moderate fitness levels, although going down was painful on the knees and feet. It would also be fairly dangerous and slippery if it was raining. The weather was perfect when I went and the trail (mountain track) is well maintained. It’s a fun challenge and you are rewarded with amazing views of the Scottish highlands.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 22 August 2023
  • Bobkins82
    51 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great views during the climb
    Great views throughout the climb - we were very fortunate with the weather. Paths were relatively well maintained too. Getting to the top was pretty rewarding and there were some friendly hikers we passed too - but it seems in Scotland people are a fair bit more stand-offish.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 2 September 2023
  • Pau1_Drinkhall
    19 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Nice (but Achey!) Walk - Soak it in!
    If you're around Fort William, then what else is there to do? The walk takes about 7-8 hours including a nice 30 minute break at the summit. The first section was pretty and you can get v. close to some sheep! You then enter what I could only describe as Scottish Jumanji! You then reach a easy path with a beautiful lake. Up through some rocks and you'll pass by a waterfall - the highlight of the trip! And then you go through the switchbacks which was definitely the most tiring part of the journey. But straight after that is the final stretch and you'll reach the summit. What's cool is that you get to almost live through different seasons / climates: rural countryside, Jumanji jungle, wet waterfalls, and then misty mountains. A tip would be to not stop for too long in a single place. Otherwise, you'll find it hard to get back to the same pace and you'll feel even more tired and achey! Although, how much you enjoy Ben Nevis is vitally dependent on the weather. We were incredibly lucky: it was cloudy on the way up, and sunny at the summit and way down. I couldn't imagine doing Ben Nevis in the rain given some parts were already slippy with no rain!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 2 September 2023
  • rwheeler
    Santa Clarita, California823 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing downhill riding!
    Our whole point in visiting Ben Nevis was so our friend who was turning 50 could do some downhill riding here. He was so happy! Said it was the best riding imaginable. Most of the time it is raining at Ben Nevis but we happened to be there on a beautiful day. The mountain has a very limited number of bike rentals so I suggest renting in advance. The riding is not for a beginner. While the guys did their downhill riding, my friend and hiked the two trails at the top. The only hiking available is a gondola ride to the top. They are not intense trails. If it is foggy at the top give it a few minutes and it may clear to take a picture. The food is so so especially at the top. They were out of several items by the time we got to order. We purchased a hot mushroom cheese sandwich that was not hot and inedible. The food lacked flavor as well. I would recommend you bring your own food and have a picnic.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 September 2023
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valerie178
Drogheda, Ireland15 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Couples
Got a good weather window so went for it. It was a challenging hike but worth it. Beautiful views and scenery.
Wear suitable walking boots and clothing, bring spare clothes and plenty of water and food.
Have a map to refer to if weather changes and visibility is bad, the five finger gully at top has seen a lot of accidents.
Just keep pushing through and you will get there. Coming down mountain is tough on knees and feet with rough terrain underfoot.
Written 14 July 2024
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Angelina G
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Family
I dragged the family up Ben Nevis in the rain. We couldn't believe it when we got to the top and actually had some views as we were told this was very unlikely. It is tiring getting to the top and quite steep in parts, but the path is fairly obvious and if you wear the right footwear it is very manageable with a good level of fitness.
Written 13 July 2024
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Evab R
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
I went in December. Way too snowy and cold. Y’all should probably put some heaters all the way up specifically those industrial ones in the farmers depot.

My wife almost slipped and fell and her pants went flying off. But luckily there wasn’t anyone behind us except for the one dude named Geronimo.

Are they trying to copy Mr Everest because a lot of snow. Especially for December! There was a guy covered in human waste screaming for help. We kept walking because we got scared.

We never found her pants. What a waste of £25 trillion. We found a dude at the top asking to find his brother who had gotten lost after going to the bathroom. I had no clue what he was talking about.

The natural healing ponds were not warmed and were iced. Terrible coustomer service not a single worker up the mountain.

I couldn’t even log on to tik tok because terrible 2g internet. It’s the 21st century y’all should at least try to add some free WiFi.
Written 2 July 2024
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JFWhite
Moncton, Canada5,828 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Beautiful hiking trail, very well maintained, clean which offers very nice views. Not made for the physically limited individuals. Trail takes on average 6-7 hours, so pack a lunch and pleny of water. Car park costs a few pounds, payable by credit card.
Written 22 June 2024
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Simona Lee
Sleaford, UK26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
We was very lucky to have a trip on very sunny and warm day. This was amazing experience. Every single corner - the most of beautiful scenic view.
I wish to come back again, this is the place where never will be enough.
Written 21 June 2024
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AlLouLondon
Leigh-on Sea, UK62 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
We climbed the ben after walking the Great Glen in three days so legs were pretty tired already. It’s a tough but incredible experience. I’m not great with heights/sheer drops but it was okay. I had some wonderful people around me and the camaraderie up-and-down is great. My first ever mountain and what a great one to choose. I’m glad I took some warm clothes for the top and plenty of water.
Written 5 June 2024
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Simon S
20 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
I was told about free accommodation at the top of Nevis and after an arduous climb, it fell well below expectations. There was no one at reception to welcome us, the room was small, metal and covered in stickers, there were also no basics like bath robes, a hairdryer or an iron. Disappointing.
Written 1 June 2024
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Angela V
Lancashire, UK73 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
We climbed Ben Nevis in May 2024.
10 of us. Mixed fitness and ages 15 years to 60.
It is steep / tiring / tough climb (I run regularly and found stamina is needed +++).
Pathway is very easy to follow but the top is not!
Pack for all weathers / we had rain /cloud / hail and snow on top!
Visibility was poor on the top and the path here is not so straight forward so please be very careful!
The climb down can feel tougher - especially the final steep /clambering parts but worth every step!

Happy 21st birthday Lucas - you’ll always be in our hearts ♥️
Written 31 May 2024
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Rebecca S
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
Awesome day out, fantastic achievement. Pick your days as it is freeeezing at the summit. We were prepared but other hikers, not so. Coat, gloves definitely needed
Written 28 May 2024
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blodwin52
Derby, UK378 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
This was a tough walk but so worth the effort. It is easy to find the start point and you can park in a pay and display car park with toilets. Well signed but you should take a compass, map and whistle as the weather is so changeable. We had the best weather with amazing views from the top. Very cold at the top with snow so pack a fleece, coat and woolly hat. Everyone climbing extremely friendly and helpful. Could barely walk the next day but so glad I did it.
Written 22 May 2024
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