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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!
Our tour will take you to the hidden side of Glen Nevis, our experienced local guides know all about the history of the Glen and where to get the best views. We can tailor the walk to your needs, either following the main path or for a little more excitment we can take the old drovers path up the side of the gorge. The views are spectacular and if we choose to cross the bridge and head back a different way we will have the chance to visit Samuels Cave on our way back to the start.
The 'Ben' is the highest mountain in Scotland and the UK rising to an impressive 1345m above sea level.
She sits proud above the lively town of Fort William in Lochaber and dominates the skyline when not shrouded by its usual crown of clouds.
Ben Nevis has an interesting history including being a victorian tourist destination with a hotel on the summit.
Today only ruins remain of the hotel but people from around the world still come most days to hike up and stand on the the highest part of the British isles.
The Ben Nevis tour will pick you up from Edinburgh or Glasgow and whisk you up to the highlands where we will have an introductory hike up the lost valley in Glen Coe. (Usually 2-3 hours )
We will then proceed to a camping site just below the mighty Ben, where we will eat heartily and then get a good rest before our big day.
On day two you will hike up the challenging 1345m over 17km (not so easy)
If we are lucky we might get a good view from the top too.
Sadly we cannot guarantee that the summit will be reached due to weather, conditions or fitness.
However we will make sure that we do everything possible to make you have a great experience.
Why not experience Scotland the way it was meant to be by visiting its largest and certainly its most wild national park.
Imagine walking for days with a pack on your back, through high sided valleys carved out by ancient glaciers, following tracks steeped in history and breathing in some of the freshest air imaginable.
On the way you will take in stunning views that will literally stop you in your tracks. The days can be quite long here so you will need to be up for a challenge that is rewarded by that feeling only an expedition can give you.
Are you up for an adventure?
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.
Our Guides have a great safety record and a wealth of local knowledge about the mountain, its history and wildlife. You'll hear the ancient tales of curses, lost battles and the baby who was hidden in a cave from the Clan enemies. This is a private booking just you and those you chose to bring with you. You can have up to12 people in your group.
I have lived and worked in this area for a number of years and know these hills very well. Due to my time guiding and working with the mountain rescue I can tailor a day to suit you and your group and offer the best advice to ensure you have a challenging but fun day out.
If I feel that what you want to do isn't suitable I will say and suggest a plan that will suit you better.
These are just some of the many skills you will gain during ‘Survive the Highlands'
Build & light a fire from scratch
Make emergency signal fires
Build a lifesaving emergency shelter and put it to the ultimate test!
Learn how to use a knife in a variety of survival situations safely
Learn to tie an array of survival & lifesaving knots
Develop navigation skills and basic map to ground techniques
Use Astro Navigation skills to complete a night exercise
Forage for wild food, grubs, insects
Wilderness first aid & emergency casualty evacuation training
Collect, filter and clean dirty water
Build a raft
Prepare and cook wild food
Experience extreme weather conditions
Cross a range of difficult terrain (rocks, rivers, mountains & gorges)
This is a chance to experience the majesty of the one the most iconic mountains in Scotland first hand with a friendly and experienced mountain leader. You'll hike to the summit(s) through amazing scenery and have a chance to see beautiful views in all directions, including the settings for many film sets such as Harry Potter, Skyfall and Highlander The challenge is tough at times but achievable to anyone with reasonable fitness.