Ben Nevis & The Scottish Highlands

Ben Nevis & The Scottish Highlands, photo by Nilfanion
Ben Nevis & The Scottish Highlands (photo by Nilfanion)
 

The Scottish Highlands is a rugged mountain area located in western Scotland.

The most significant peak is Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the British Isles (4,409 ft, or 1,344 m) and one of the most popular hiking and climbing destinations in the UK.

Most hikers choose to take the Pony Track from Glen Nevis, which is regularly maintained but includes loose scree and slippery areas.

Climbers gravitate toward the 2,300 ft (700 m) cliffs of the north face of Ben Nevis, which offers diverse scrambles and rock climbs of varying difficulties. Ben Nevis is also the principal location in the UK for ice climbing.

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Overall Atmosphere: Natural
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Natural Interests tend to be:
(a) outdoors-oriented, and therefore more dependent on weather conditions
(b) less easily accessible and more physically demanding than other destination categories.

In some cases (eg, rafting and climbing), this includes a significantly increased degree of adventure (or danger, depending on one's viewpoint).
Featuring mainly outdoors-oriented natural attractions.
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Shelbeck

Shelbeck is located in Fort William, 6 km from Ben Nevis. Free private parking is available on site. Rooms have a flat-screen TV. You will find a kettle in the room. The rooms come with a private bathroom. Shelbeck features free WiFi . Average score from 98 guest reviews: 9.3/10.

$86

 
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Inverlochy Villas

Located in Fort William in the Highlands Region, 6 km from Ben Nevis, Inverlochy Villas features a sun terrace and ski storage space. Free WiFi is provided and free private parking is available on site. Average score from 190 guest reviews: 8.0/10.

$49

 
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Inverlochy Castle Hotel

Set amongst the beautiful Scottish West Highlands scenery, 19th-century Inverlochy is an award-winning luxury hotel and restaurant. Fort William town centre is just 6.4 km away. Average score from 132 guest reviews: 9.4/10.

$360 - $721

 
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Glenmoidart

Glenmoidart is a holiday home located in Fort William, 7 km from Ben Nevis. The property is 1.5 km from Glen Nevis and free private parking is offered. There is a dining area and a kitchen complete with a dishwasher, an oven and toaster. Average score from 451 guest reviews: 8.4/10.

$137

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Cruachan Hotel

Situated in the shadows of Ben Nevis and overlooking the picturesque Loch Linnhe, this hotel offers bed and breakfast accommodation 5 minutes’ walk from the centre of Fort William. Average score from 28 guest reviews: 7.8/10.

$70 - $196

 
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See all hotels in Ben Nevis & The Scottish Highlands.
Hotel NameRooms FromGuest Rating
Lochview House Apartment

Lochview House Apartment

Offering free WiFi and a garden, Lochview House Apartment is located in Fort William. Ben Nevis is 7 km away. Free private parking is available on site. All units have a flat-screen TV and DVD player. There is also a kitchenette, fitted with an... Average score from 3 guest reviews: 9.8/10.

$79

$799.8
Lochview House

Lochview House

Situated in a quiet location on the hillside above the town of Fort William, Lochview House has panoramic views over Loch Linnhe and offers cooked breakfasts and free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is served in the Garden room from 8:00 until 09:30. Average score from 583 guest reviews: 9.5/10.

$84 - $110

 
$849.5
Ben Nevis Guest House

Ben Nevis Guest House

At the start of Glen Nevis, 10 minutes’ walk from Fort William town centre and 1 mile from Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain, this guest house offers Scottish breakfasts and rooms with free Wi-Fi. Average score from 17 guest reviews: 9.5/10.

$95

 
$959.5
Torcastle House

Torcastle House

Situated 5 miles away from Fort William, Torcastle House Bed and Breakfast offers free parking and easy access to the nearby Ben Nevis Mountain, only 10 miles away, where guests can enjoy mountain biking, trekking, and skiing. Average score from 192 guest reviews: 9.3/10.

$79 - $98

 
$799.3
Shelbeck

Shelbeck

Shelbeck is located in Fort William, 6 km from Ben Nevis. Free private parking is available on site. Rooms have a flat-screen TV. You will find a kettle in the room. The rooms come with a private bathroom. Shelbeck features free WiFi . Average score from 98 guest reviews: 9.3/10.

$86

 
$869.3
Cuil Na Sithe

Cuil Na Sithe

Conveniently located in historic Fort William, with panoramic views of Ben Nevis and surrounding mountains, Cuil Na Sithe offers elegant rooms with free Wi-Fi, free parking, and easy access to the town centre, 5 minutes’ drive away. Average score from 219 guest reviews: 9.3/10.

$86

 
$869.3
MacLean Guest House

MacLean Guest House

MacLean Guest House is located on the main road and is less than 5 minutes' walk from the town center and train and bus stations. Plenty of free parking is available on site. Each room comes with a flat-screen TV. You will find a kettle in the... Average score from 90 guest reviews: 9.3/10.

$89

 
$899.3
Ardlinnhe Bed & Breakfast

Ardlinnhe Bed & Breakfast

Situated in Fort William, on the edge of Loch Linnhe, this guest house offers cosy accommodation in the Highlands of Scotland. There is free Wi-Fi in every room, and free parking on site. Average score from 215 guest reviews: 9.3/10.

$98

 
$989.3
Glentower Lower Observatory

Glentower Lower Observatory

Glentower Lower Observatory offers bed and breakfast accommodation with stunning views of Loch Linnhe and the Ardgour Hills. The centre of Fort William is only 5 minutes’ walk away. Average score from 733 guest reviews: 9.3/10.

$98 - $122

 
$989.3
The Willows

The Willows

The Willows is a 3-star family-run bed and breakfast in Fort William, by the shores of Loch Linnhe and with views of the Ardgour Hills. Average score from 292 guest reviews: 9.2/10.

$86

 
$869.2
Thistle Cottage

Thistle Cottage

Quietly situated just 3 miles from Fort William, the pet and family-friendly Thistle Cottage offers free Wi-Fi throughout and free onsite parking. The Nevis Ski Range is also just 3 miles away. Average score from 359 guest reviews: 9.1/10.

$79

 
$799.1
Blythedale Bed & Breakfast

Blythedale Bed & Breakfast

This 4-star B&B is in a quiet area overlooking Loch Linnhe, approximately 1 mile from Fort William town centre. It has a garden, guest lounge and pleasant rooms. Fort William Train Station is a 24-minute walk away. Average score from 209 guest reviews: 9.0/10.

$86 - $103

 
$869.0
Moorings Hotel

Moorings Hotel

Moorings Hotel lies alongside the banks of the Caledonian Canal at the famous Neptune's Staircase. A 10-minute drive from the centre of Fort William, it offers a choice of dining options, free WiFi and free parking. Average score from 58 guest reviews: 8.8/10.

$86 - $330

 
$868.8
Glenlochy Apartments

Glenlochy Apartments

Set on extensive grounds on the banks of the River Nevis, Glenlochy offers self-catering apartments just a 10-minute walk from Fort William Rail Station, town centre and restaurants. Free parking is provided and there is free Wi-Fi. Average score from 115 guest reviews: 8.8/10.

$86

 
$868.8
Burnside Lodge

Burnside Lodge

Located in Torlundy, Burnside Lodge is a cottage boasting a barbecue. It provides free private parking. The kitchen is fitted with a dishwasher and an oven. Towels and bed linen are provided in this self-catering accommodation. Average score from 14 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$86

$86-
Fyvie Cottage

Fyvie Cottage

Located in Fort William in the Highlands Region, this holiday home is 7 km from Ben Nevis. Providing free private parking, the cottage is 2.7 km from Glen Nevis. The unit is fitted with a kitchen. Towels and bed linen are available in this cottage. Average score from 4 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$95

$95-

Highlights:

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Natural
Lowland Mountains
The summit of Ben Nevis comprises a large stony plateau of about 40 hectares (100 acres). The summit, which is the collapsed dome of an ancient volcano, features the ruins of an observatory which was continuously staffed between 1883 and 1904.

The surrounding Scottish Highlands contains some of Europe's most extensive wilderness areas.
Hiking and Trekking
The mountain is a popular destination, attracting an estimated 100,000 ascents a year. A route popular with experienced hillwalkers starts at Torlundy, a few miles north-east of Fort William on the A82 road, and follows the path alongside the Allt a' Mhuilinn.

The summit of Ben Nevis comprises a large stony plateau of about 40 hectares (100 acres). The highest point is marked with a large, solidly built cairn atop which sits an Ordnance Surveying point.
Also of Interest:
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Castles and Forts
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Biking
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