Hiking trips – Ben Nevis

Hike to the top of Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the British Isles! Take a pick from our Ben Nevis Hiking selection.

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At 1,345 meters, Ben Nevis is the highest mountain in the British Isles and a popular hiking and rock climbing destination in the Scottish Highlands. The 16km hike to the summit via the normal route is not technically demanding, however, the rocky terrain and thick fog make climbing Ben Nevis a unique and thrilling mountaineering challenge. Experienced climbers and mountaineers can enjoy the more daunting north face of the mountain with 600m cliffs and trying scrambles. At the foot of Ben Nevis is Fort Williams, a charming town overlooking Loch Linnhe.




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Ben Nevis is foggy and cold, year round. Winter months are the foggiest and coldest with average temperatures of -5 °C. Average temperatures in summer round 7.1°C.


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How to get there

The closest airport to Fort Williams at the base of Ben Nevis is in Glasgow. From there it is approximately a 2 hour drive. Buses and trains also stop at Fort Williams.

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Best time to visit

For hiking, the best time to visit Ben Nevis is during the warmer months between May and October.






What People are Saying

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Great day going up Tower Ridge with Scott Kirkhope. Loved it!!
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Chris Jagget
Our mission was to hike up Ben Nevis but not along the main footpath. We hoped for something a bit more challenging. ..and we got it. Uncertain of what we’d be facing, Scott expertly assessed our ability during the first part of the hike and enthusiastically confirmed that we could handle the trip up the back. Knowledgeable about about the area, geology and flora, Scott was an excellent guide and fun to spend the day with. He offered us tips for managing the terrain and kept the pace that would give us the adventure we were looking for. We came away feeling that the investment in a guide was well worth it. We would not have tackled that route without his guidance. Recommended without reservation! Thanks Scott.
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Carol A
I contacted Kirkhope mountaineering looking for a guide to take me along a more adventurous route up Ben Nevis. Scott responded to my voicemail very quickly and was able to talk me through the various options and offer guidance on difficulty, exposure etc and on the required equipment. This along with all the other communucation during the trip was courteous and efficient. All the guides are MIC qualified so you know you are getting the real deal. My guide was friendly, efficient and extremely knowledgeable which made me feel safe and confident throughout the whole trip. I throughly recommend Kirkwood mountaineering to anyone wanting a first class guiding experience. Excellent.
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