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