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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Guided Walk up Ben Nevis from Fort William

Location: Fort William, United Kingdom
Duration: Flexible

From USD $57.68

Private Tour of Ben Nevis from Fort William

Location: Fort William, United Kingdom
Duration: 9 hours

From USD $59.16

Glencoe, Ben Nevis and Loch Ness Day Tour from Edinburgh

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 1 day

From USD $63.60

Ben Nevis Group Walk from Fort William

Location: Fort William, United Kingdom
Duration: 9 hours

From USD $102.06

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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 337 Reviews

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 days

From USD $332.79

5-Day Hiking in Glencoe and Lochaber from Fort William

Location: Fort William, United Kingdom
Duration: 6 days

From USD $590.16
From USD $989.51

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