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1-Day Ben Nevis Hike in Scotland


Let certified mountaineering instructor Scott take you to the highest point in the British Isles on an adventure-filled day trekking up Ben Nevis in Scotland.

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Grampian Mountains

1 Day

May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep




Follow me to the summit of the highest mountain in the United Kingdom on this amazing day-hike! This trek is a must for anyone looking for an unforgettable experience in Scotland and  it satisfies the wanderlust in everyone searching for the perfect nature hike.

Ben Nevis (1,345m) is not only the tallest mountain in Scotland; it rises higher than any other summit in the British Isles! It is immensely popular among tourists and visitors, and offers plenty of outdoor activities all year round that will keep you coming back for more.

The views as you climb are captivating, and you will pass gorgeous landscape that is just as impressive when you are looking down from the top of the hike. There are even the ruins of an old observatory at summit, that was once used to collect valuable meteorological data.

You will have over 1,300 meters of incline and decline along your way, and you will rack up a total distance of about 16 kilometers by the end of the day. Taking anywhere from 6 to 9 hours, our journey up ¨The Ben¨ combines gentle walks and weaving footpaths for a perfect hike.

Our day begins around 8:30am, meeting at the Glen Nevis Visitor Centre carpark to prepare our journey. Leaving at 9:00am, we will start along some pleasant walkways before reaching the mountain trail.

We increase the difficulty as we climb higher to the ¨halfway lochain,¨ where the path levels off and we turn south. Zig-zagging our way further up the mountain will keep the trek manageable, and you will pass by inclines and gullies to the summit.

I will take you down the same route for our return trip.

While this summer program is available for everyone, it does contain steep aspects of hiking that require a moderate amount of physical fitness. You should be in reasonably good shape to take on this trek.

Wait no more and book this day-hike to the summit of Ben Nevis – the Scottish landmark towering above the British Isles!

If you are interested in a little more action, I have an outstanding intermediate rock climbing course! And I can also take you traversing at Cuillin Ridge on a 3-day program!

Price includes

- Guiding fee


More info

You are recommended to bring particular personal gear, including but not limited to: hiking boots, waterproof outerwear, clothes fit for the season and the weather, a first aid kit, an emergency survival bag, food and drink (one litre should suffice), and a rucksack with extra clothes, a hat, and gloves.

Meeting point

Please meet at the Glen Nevis Visitor´s Centre carpark, located by the bridge, at 8:30am. This will give you time for any last minute changes or adjustments prior to our 9:00am departure.

About the guide

I am a fully qualified Mountaineering Instructor based in Fort William, on the west coast of the Scottish Highlands.
I have been guiding in the UK for 10 years and chose the Scottish Highlands due to their remote feel and beauty. Rock climbing, Ice climbing, mixed climbing and more can be done in this area and it is all so accessible.

We offer a wide range of trips with Ben Nevis guiding, the Skye Cuillin ridge and Glencoe guiding amongst our more popular trips.




Fort William, Scotland

What people are saying about this trip

Ed Hyland


June, 2022

Levi was fantastic great guide and day out highly recommend Thanks a million When he gets a chance he might send me photos Thanks again Ed Hyland +353 87 9968181

Dominic Mcginley


July, 2019

Scott is friendly and very knowledgeable, if you’re looking to get into the mountains Scott’s the man, he’ll keep you safe while making you smile. First Class.

Beata H


July, 2019

I've done the Tower Ridge with Scott and he has been excellent from the start, prompt and professional to deal with to get it all organised, and a superb guide. Highly experienced and skilled, I did not have a slight slip in confidence along the way, despite weather conditions being far from ideal with rain and fairly high winds - I should mention that I really appreciated he was keen to take me up there in this weather (of course maintaining the flexibility to turn around at any point if the route could potentially become unsafe, but his judgement was just spot on). He also explains everything along the way, gives tips and is fun to be around. 5 stars, I wouldn't hestitate to book him again.



May, 2019

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



October, 2018

Great time walking up Ben Nevis with Kirk's help. It rained the entire time and was unbelievably gusty, but with Kirk's expertise I was able to complete the journey safely!!!


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