At 4,409 feet (1,344 meters), Ben Nevis is the highest mountain in the British Isles, a status which makes it a popular destination for climbers. The most frequently used route to the summit is via the Pony Track which begins at Achintee, just outside of Fort William, but even that takes up to nine hours for a round trip and is not recommended for complete beginners.

Thankfully the area also offers a huge range of less arduous activities, including fly fishing, golf, mountain bike riding, pony trekking, kayaking and lowland walking. Pick up a guide in Fort William and set out on one of the numerous well-marked paths, many of which will offer majestic views of Ben Nevis. There's also a popular cycling route along the Caledonian Canal.

Practical Info

Fort William, the closest town to Ben Nevis, can be reached from Glasgow via the scenic West Highland Railway.

Tours & Tickets

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Private Tour of Ben Nevis from Fort William

Private group tours up Ben Nevis, the UK's highest mountain with a fully qualified local mountain guide.

Location: Fort William, United Kingdom
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $63.38

Ben Nevis Group Walk from Fort William

Scheduled group tours up Ben Nevis, the UK's highest mountain. A great day out in the Scottish Highlands for all the family.

Location: Fort William, United Kingdom
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $109.34

3-Day Isle of Skye Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 295 Reviews

Immerse yourself in the wild beauty of the Scottish Highlands and Isle of Skye on this 3-day small-group tour from Edinburgh, with accommodation and round-trip ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $356.54

5-Day Isle of Skye, Loch Ness and the Jacobite Steam Train from Edinburgh

4.5 star rating: Recommended 28 Reviews

Explore the Highland beauty of Scotland's west coast and the Isle of Skye on a 5-day excursion from Edinburgh. This in-depth tour of Scotland’s classic ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 5 days (approx.)

From USD $901.65

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