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Ben Nevis Tours

Ben Nevis

Rising 4,409 feet (1,344 meters) above sea level, Ben Nevis is Scotland’s tallest mountain and a premiere destination for climbers. Once a massive volcano that exploded and collapsed inward, the summit is frequently shrouded in mist. In Gaelic, it is called the “mountain with its head in the clouds” and also “venomous mountain.”

The Basics
The hike to the summit of Ben Nevis can take up to nine hours round-trip, so it is only recommended for physically-fit hikers. If you’re interested in climbing Britain’s highest mountain, but don’t want to go it alone, join a guided hike from Fort William. 

There are also many ways to experience Ben Nevis without having to climb it: You can enjoy views of the mountain from Loch Eil or the Glen Nevis Visitor Centre, or take a scenic gondola ride at the Nevis Range Mountain Resort. You can see the mountain on day trips to the Highlands from Edinburgh or Glasgow, or you can choose a multi-day trip that stops at Ben Nevis, the Isle of Skye, Loch Ness, and other sights. 

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Make sure to pack proper hiking boots if you plan to hike Ben Nevis; the rocky path can be slippery.
  • Pack a hat and sunscreen as well as extra layers, gloves, and raingear. Weather can change quickly in the Highlands, and you’re likely to be exposed to both sun and rain.
  • The Nevis Range Mountain Gondola is wheelchair accessible and offers panoramic views of Ben Nevis and the Great Glen. 

How to Get There
Ben Nevis is located in the Grampian Mountains in the Highlands of Scotland, near the city of Fort Williams. Most visitors start the climb up Ben Nevis from the trailhead at the Glen Nevis Visitor Centre. To get there, head west out of Fort William on Belford Road and continue straight on C1162; you’ll arrive at the visitors center in 2 miles (3.2 kilometers).

When to Get There
The vast majority of climbers attempt Ben Nevis during the summer months, but even then you’ll want to be prepared for cold, wet, windy, and even snowy conditions. Ben Nevis is also a popular winter climbing spot for experienced mountaineers. 

Scotland’s Munro Bagging
“Munro bagging” is a popular hobby in Scotland. A Munro is a mountain in Scotland over 3,000 feet (914.4 meters) tall, and once you’ve reached the summit of any individual mountain, you’ve bagged a Munro. Once you’ve bagged all 282, you’re considered a Munroist. The list of mountains over 3,000 feet tall was first compiled by Sir Hugh Munro, in 1891, but he himself never actually reached all of the summits.


Address: Fort William PH33 6SY, Scotland
Admission: Free
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7 Tours and Activities to Experience Ben Nevis

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Group Walk up Ben Nevis from Fort WilliamHiking

Group Walk up Ben Nevis from Fort William

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Take on the UK's highest mountain and experience the best of the Scottish countryside on this 8-hour Ben Nevis hike from Fort William. Follow a guide along rugged trails to the peak of Ben Nevis, and gain insight into the wildlife and geology for which the mountain is famous. Along the way, admire spectacular views over the surrounding lakes, forests, peaks and valleys. Enjoy the feeling of achievement at the top, then perhaps finish your day with a refreshing pint back at base!
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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  • 6 to 8 hours

Ben Nevis Guided walksPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Ben Nevis Guided walks

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Your Guide will accompany you up and down the Ben Nevis Mountain path. They are there to provide you with advice and information about the path and the history and nature of Ben Nevis. Your Guide will know the mountain well and will be fully qualified and insured for the activity that they are leading.
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  • 5 to 9 hours
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$350.33 
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  • 5 to 9 hours

Private Tour of Ben Nevis from Fort WilliamHiking

Private Tour of Ben Nevis from Fort William

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Challenge yourself against Scotland’s highest mountain peak on this private 9-hour tour of Ben Nevis from Fort William. Hike along rugged trails up the flank of mighty Ben Nevis with a private guide. On route to the top, enjoy panoramic views over the Scottish Highlands’ soaring peaks and plummeting valleys. On arrival at the summit, discover features such as the ruins of a disused observatory. Take a break on the stony plateau, then enjoy the descent back to base-level below.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Fort William and Glencoe TourDay Trips

Fort William and Glencoe Tour

this is a set tour and a very busy day this is a private tour in a your own vehicle we can carry up to 8 passengers in our minibus
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures

Fort William and GlencoeDay Trips

Fort William and Glencoe

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Based in the Beautiful City of Inverness, we at Highland Tours 4 You, offer you the opportunity to join us on one of our prearranged tours taking in some of the magical sights and experiences available in this fascinating area. We currently offer One Day tours showcasing some of the most breath-taking scenery and stunning landscapes that the Highlands have to offer. Our 8 seater vehicle offers you that personal experience that we strive to give all our customers. If there is anywhere not shown that you would like to visit or if you would prefer a Private Tour just give us a call and we will do everything in our power to help meet your needs. Perhaps you fancy a Distillery Tour, a Golf Club Tour, Cocktail Tour, Island Hop, the list is endless, just let us know what you fancy, we are here to help. We offer a very convenience city centre riverside Pick Up Point.
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  • 12 hours
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Guided Rides - Mountain Bike AdventureDay Trips

Guided Rides - Mountain Bike Adventure

Ride some of the world's most incredible landscapes and trails! We bring a wealth of knowledge to our guided mountain biking trips in Scotland and can tailor rides to suit all abilities and desires.
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  • 3 to 8 hours
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  • 3 to 8 hours
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GHD Clan tour of Harry Potter in the HighlandsDay Trips

GHD Clan tour of Harry Potter in the Highlands

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One of the main things about the early Harry Potter movies was the magnificent backdrop that is the Scottish Highlands... george will guide you through some of the most spectacular scenes in Scotland.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 8 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures

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