Walkers attempting Ben Nevis on a cloudy day

Ben Nevis

Ben Nevis

Scotland’s most iconic mountain rewards you with idyllic views as far as the eye can see.

Climbing Ben Nevis can be a challenge depending on your levels of experience and fitness, but it is definitely one to tick off the bucket list!


If you’re seeking a challenging hike, climbing Ben Nevis is a great choice.

This difficult walk up the UK’s highest mountain offers wonderful opportunities for hiking, wildlife watching, and observing some of the most beautiful landscapes in Scotland.

Standing at an impressive 1,345 metres, a Ben Nevis walk is definitely not one of the fainthearted.

Note: Please take extra care in the winter months, as this walk can be very dangerous in snowy or wet conditions.


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  • Hiking
  • Bird watching


  1. Park at the Visitor Centre before crossing the bridge over the River Nevis. Turn right after the bridge following the riverbank before turning left at the sign, following the path between the fence and wall.
  2. Cross over the stile and follow the path towards the Ben Nevis Inn on the left. Turn right up the rising path.
  3. Continue up the path along the hillside. The path soon doubles back on itself to ascend the steeper, rockier slopes in a zigzag shape.
  4. Follow over the footbridges and curve round to climb above the valley of the Red Burn.
  5. Continue along the path to take a sharp left to reach the plateau that holds Loch Meall an t-Suidhe, keeping well to the right.
  6. Take the right of the fork in the path, crossing the upper Red Burn stream. Stick to the path following the well-worn route in a zigzag shape.
  7. Pass above the steep screes which fall to the right into the head of Five Finger Gully. (Be sure not to bear too far south here). See Càrn Dearg to the left.
  8. Reach the beginning of the summit plateau, soon passing closely to the top of the Tower gully and the top of Gardyloo gully.
  9. Soak in the views before following the same route back down to return to the Visitor Centre.


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