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At 1,345 meters, Ben Nevis is the highest mountain in the British Islands and a perfect hiking spot that, although foggy and cold, attracts many visitors year-round. It is located in the Scottish Highlands and at the western end of the Grampian Mountains. Stunning views of the Highlands and its lakes make it a top spot in the region. Compare and book a certified guide for your Ben Nevis Hiking trip with Explore-Share.com: 1500+ guides, 70+ countries and more than 8000 different programs to choose from. The mountains are calling!

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FAQs: Hiking in Scotland

What should I know about Hiking Scotland?

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.

Why should I choose Scotland for my Hiking adventure?

A hiking challenge

Ben Nevis is a popular hike in the region, however, you should not underestimate it. The rocky terrain and dense fog make even the most straightforward path in this mountain an exciting challenge. Additionally, there are also plenty of options for those that want to try harder routes as well.

Stunning landscapes

The Scottish Highlands are famous for their stunning beauty, and hiking to the top of its tallest peak is a great way to catch full sight of it.

A unique summit

The summit of Ben Nevis is the collapsed dome of an ancient volcano. It also features the ruins of an observatory which is now no longer in function.

What can I expect from the weather during my Hiking trip in Scotland?

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.

Which language is predominantly spoken in the Scotland region?

English, Scottish Gaelic

What currency is accepted around Scotland?

Pound Sterling

How can I get to Scotland?

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.

What's the country code for the Scotland region?


When is the best time to travel to Scotland for Hiking?

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

What people are saying about Hiking | Ben Nevis


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



Great day going up Tower Ridge with Scott Kirkhope. Loved it!!


What a fantastic trip ! This was my first time to use crampons and scrabbling. The pre walk information and communication was 10/10 Scott and Malcolm were extremely professional with a great knowledge of the mountain. I felt safe yet appropriately challenged throughout which made for an unforgettable day. The company was top class too. I could not recommend climbing Ben Nevis with Kirkhope mountaineering highly enough ! Thanks so much Paula



Fantastic climb of Tower Ridge under Ken's expert guidance. We felt safe, secure and confident every step of this breathtaking route. Ken's competence and knowledge left us in no doubt that we'd be more than happy to choose him and West Coast Mountain Guides in the future. Thank you!



Excellent guide Garry took time did not rush explained things points of nature and answered any questions enthusiastically Always take a guide when unsure and I recommend this

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