In the north west Highlands, near the town of Fort William and part of the Grampian Mountain range, the famous peak attracts 125k walkers a year. Whether you're an avid ambler or you just love beautiful landscapes, bagging 'the Ben' is likely to feature near the top of your Scottish bucket list.

An ancient giant of the land, Ben Nevis was once a massive active volcano which exploded and collapsed inwards on itself millions of years ago. At the summit, there is evidence of an explosion in the form of light-coloured granite. The name itself has two translations from the ancient Gaelic language, meaning 'mountain with its head in the clouds', thanks to its iconic mist-shrouded peak, or it can also mean 'venomous mountain' – you can decide which translation you prefer after the climb!

There are two main walking routes up Ben Nevis. The Mountain Track (sometimes called the Tourist Track or the Pony Track) is used by most walkers, whilst the Carn Mor Dearg Arête route presents a more challenging climb for more experienced hikers. 

Ben Nevis

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Further information

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Access year round

It is recommended to plan your climb during daylight hours for safety reasons.




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Useful information


There are limited facilities on the mountain. It is essential to be prepared with proper hiking gear, including sturdy footwear, warm clothing, and sufficient food and water.

Accessibility info

Ben Nevis is a challenging mountain to climb, and the ascent requires a good level of fitness and experience. It is not recommended for inexperienced hikers or those with mobility limitations.

Food and drink

There are no food and drink facilities available on the mountain. It is advisable to carry your own provisions.

Visitor centre

Glen Nevis Visitor Center


Dogs are allowed but should be kept on a lead and under control at all times.

Rock Climbing

Ben Nevis has steep jagged cliff edges which are 600m high in places and perfect for rock climbing. There is a variety of routes to choose from, including the Ledge Route and Tower Ridge. Read more about rock climbing experiences you can have on Ben Nevis

Rock climbing experiences

Mountain Gondola

You can also take in the sights aboard a Nevis Range mountain gondola ride.The journey takes approximately 12 -15 minutes, and each gondola car can take up to six people.

The gondola cars are wheelchair accessible, and you can also bring your dog and take them for a walk along one of the mountain viewpoint trails.

Nevis Range website