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Discover the beauty of the Scottish Highlands from the summit of its highest peak!

Take in the sublime beauty of Scottish scenery and enjoy great views year-round when you decide to head up to the top of Ben Nevis. Make a pretty easy summer ascent or challenge yourself and take on the elements during the winter! Compare and book a certified guide for your Ben Nevis Mountain Climbing trip with Explore-Share.com: 1500+ guides, 70+ countries and more than 8000 different programs to choose from. Take a pick from our Ben Nevis Mountain Climbing selection. The mountains are calling!

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FAQs: Mountain Climbing in Ben Nevis

What should I know about Mountain Climbing Ben Nevis?

Situated in the center of the Scottish Highlands, Ben Nevis is the tallest mountain in all of the United Kingdom. It is a quite popular mountaineering destination year-round, attracting more than 100,000 climbers each year.

The Tower Route is the most common route up to the summit of the mountain and is perfect for less technically skilled mountaineers. The Ledge Route is slightly more challenging, especially during the winter when the peak is coated in snow and ice.

A pretty good level of physical fitness is required to make it to the top, but no prior mountaineering experience is. However, previous experience is preferable for tougher routes up to the summit.

Why should I choose Ben Nevis for my Mountain Climbing adventure?

Stunning scenery

From the approach to the summit, Ben Nevis offers some of the most spectacular views in all of Scotland. Head through pasturelands, woods and lochs on the way up, enjoying the quaint Scottish countryside. From the top, take in spectacular views of the Western Highlands, including back down into Fort William.

Conquer Scotland’s highest peak

Rising to 1.345 meters above sea level, Ben Nevis is the highest peak in the Western Highlands and all of the United Kingdom. From the top you will feel like you are on top of the world. Don’t be fooled by its seemingly small height, you will be climbing from only slightly above sea level, meaning it’s a long way up. It will sure feel that way once you get the views from the top.

Year-round fun

Winter, spring, summer or autumn, Ben Nevis is always available for climbing. Make a fairly simple summer ascent via Tower Ridge or challenge yourself and climb through ice and snow to conquer the peak in the heart of winter. Regardless of when you come or how experienced you are, Ben Nevis is always available for a mountaineering adventure.

What can I expect from the weather during my Mountain Climbing trip in Ben Nevis?

The Western Highlands have fairly mild winters with cool and wet summers. The range does not get particularly warm and does experience more volatile weather patterns than the rest of the country. During a winter ascent, be prepared for snow and during a summer one, be prepared for thunder. The average mean temperature on the top of Ben Nevis is around freezing.

How do I get there?

Any trip to Ben Nevis will involve a flight into the international airport in Glasgow (GLA) From here, you can rent a car and make the few hours drive to Fort William. Buses are also available here, but take a bit longer.

Which language is predominantly spoken in the Ben Nevis region?

English, Scottish Gaelic

What's the country code for the Ben Nevis region?


What currency is accepted around Ben Nevis?

Pound sterling (GBP)

Best time to climb

Year-round, but most people make summer ascents from June to August.

What people are saying about Mountain Climbing | Ben Nevis



Scott is a great guide with excellent communication skills, local knowledge and technical expertise. The trip up the Ben was fantastic and throughout the whole experience Scott was always on hand to help or give assistance when needed as well as taking the time to teach me some new skills along the way. Thanks very much


We thoroughly enjoyed our summit with Andy. Scott was also easy to communicate with. The whole experience was one to remember and we feel so proud to have made it to the top in the time that we did. Although our hike started in poor weather, we eventually got to see amazing views on the way down. Andy provided helpful facts about the mountains which makes us confident we will be taking on another challenge soon.



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!



Mark was wonderful! He was extremely professional, knowledgeable and encouraged us throughout the hike to keep our spirits high! We would not have been able to do this safely and in such an enjoyable manner without him.



Private Guiding on the classic Tower Ridge, Ben Nevis North Face On two previous winter trips up Ben Nevis via the CMD route, I had marvelled at the majestic North Face and dreamt of fulfilling a route on it's flanks. This season, Ken helped me fulfil this dream by guiding me on the classic Tower Ridge (IV, 3). The whole experience was absolutely fantastic and Ken made sure to attend to every detail; from communications, equipment provision, weather and condition assessment and climbing advice on route. Ken's professionalism certainly enabled me to push my limits, as I felt completely safe within his guiding ability. I was fortunate to have moderate conditions on the day, and this enabled a fairly rapid and highly enjoyable ascent of the ridge in true Scottish conditions. I will definitely be back for more winter adventures

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