3.8 of 5 (4 votes)

The big one - Ben Nevis

A moderate walk (mountain (above 600m)) in Highland, Scotland, about 13.70km (8.51 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 8:00h (1 overnight stay). It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 1328m (4356ft)
Descent 1325m (4347ft)
Max. Elevation 1340m (4396ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 2653m (8703ft)
Start & End
Fort William Railway Station
Distance 13.70km
Duration ~8:00h
Car Free Walks TeamCreated by Timwoods on 07 Jul 2007
You can tackle Britain's highest mountain with a short walk in from nearby Fort William, which has train and bus services. This is a popular walk but also a serious mountain challenge - be prepared!

Walk Functions


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The walk starts in Fort William. There are several trains to the town, which is a popular destination for walkers and climbers - with a high number of outdoor shops to meet their every need. There are signposts to the Big Ben in the town.
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Follow the A82 through Fort William to the Junction at Nevis Bridge.
About 0.80 km (~0.5 miles) from
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Follow the most northernly of the two roads to Achintee House (not the West Highland way). From here you can join the footpath up Ben Nevis.
About 1.70 km (~1.06 miles) from
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At this point, you can take the zigzag path up to the summit - the easiest and most popular route - or take the longer and more challenging scramble via Carn Mor Dearg arete. This second option requires proper scrambling experience and equipment - it's not a walkers' route.
About 2.18 km (~1.35 miles) from
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Whichever way you go, you will find your way to the summit, the highest point in Britain! There are the ruins of an old observatory near the summit. Take a photo, have a snack and head down via the zigzag path. Bear in mind - you will need to take a bearing in cloudy or misty weather.
About 2.33 km (~1.45 miles) from
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It's back the same route to Fort William, for a night in the pub or a bus/train home.
About 6.56 km (~4.08 miles) from

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