Day Tripper #3 – Ben Nevis
It’s the third in our Day Tripper series – Ben Nevis
With so much to see and do in the Highlands, we felt we just had to put together a list of our favourites. From the well-known attractions to the hidden little gems, we’ll guide you through the best that our little corner of Scotland has to offer.
This time we’ve decided to go hard – to the highest peak in the UK. Towering 4406ft (1344m) over the town of Fort William, Ben Nevis dominates the landscape. Just a scenic 45-minute drive from us here at Ballachulish, it’s number three on our Day Tripper list, and definitely one to tick off your bucket list.
With the climate up there considered to be similar to the Arctic regions, it’s best to tackle the trek in the coming warmer months. The route begins with a welcome sea breeze coming in from the shores of Loch Linnhe to keep you cool. But as soon as you hit that summit, conditions can change within minutes, and with this being Scotland, it usually means for the worst.
Don’t let a wee bit of cold put you off though. The spectacular views from Gardyloo Gully make the chilly conditions totally worth it. The view covers much of the Scottish Highlands, and it’s quite spectacular to peer down the north side of the mountain, across the massive cliffs.
Warning: Do not approach if there’s snow, it could collapse underneath you and bring a prompt end to completing that bucket list! 😢
The mountain’s Gaelic name, Beinn Nibheis, has been linked with words meaning ‘poisonous’ or ‘terrible’ so that gives you a clue about the mountain’s character and early Gaelic experiences on the trek… Nevis doesn’t suffer fools.
For the less experienced walkers, there’s the Ben Nevis mountain track, more commonly known as the tourist path. It takes around 3.5-5 hours to reach the summit and is the simplest route. For those still unsure, there are also guided walks and for the more experienced climbers there are harder routes too.
As long as you’re sensible and safe, anyone of a reasonable fitness level will be able to take on Ben Nevis in good weather conditions.
Once you’ve made your way back down, come and join us in the bar. We’ll be waiting with a hot drink for you to come back to, and you can tell us all about it.