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There is no escaping the fact that reaching Ben Nevis is a long journey...
For the majority of our Ben Nevis weekends we stay in and around the village of Glencoe. This is about 40 minutes south of Fort William which means getting there and returning home is slightly shorter.
Getting there by road:
Head to Glasgow and then it’s around 2.5 hours’ drive to Glencoe. However the stunning scenery after Glasgow will produce smiles as you eat up the miles! Driving along the side of Loch Lomond, across one of the largest areas of Scottish wilderness at Rannoch Moor and then heading into Glencoe past the iconic peaks of the Three Sisters, will certainly work their wonders.
If you have time, either on the Friday or on the way home, take a trip to the Glencoe Ski Centre. Here you can get a chair lift to the summit for great views over Rannoch Moor and Buachaille Etive Mor.
We recommend stopping at the Real Food Café in Tyndrum, about 1.5 hours after Glasgow. It’s right on the main road and has a great selection of food including homemade cakes, far better than many road services.
As well as the café, there are also toilets in the centre of Crianlarich, a few miles before Tyndrum. To reach them, head to the train station instead of taking the bypass, and the toilets are on the right under the railway, opposite the Best Western Hotel.
Getting there by coach:
Getting the coach from Glasgow to Glencoe is the next best option to driving. Citylink runs regular services from both Glasgow Central and the airport direct to Glencoe. Please double check on the event information or contact the Large Outdoors office to find out the best place to get off the coach.
Generally speaking, if you are on one of our hostel-based weekends, then you need to disembark at Glencoe Crossroads. Let us know in advance which bus you are going to be arriving on and we will arrange to meet you at the stop. On Sunday we can drop you back at the stop to get the coach back.
You will need to book your tickets in advance rather than just being able to flag the bus down and jump on. Also, please remember that the tickets are only valid from the stop you have booked.
Getting there by train:
Unusually this is the longest way to reach our base as you need take a train from Glasgow to Fort William and then hop on a local bus for a 30-minute ride to Glencoe.
All-in-all it takes around 4-5 hours and you need to remember that the Sunday services are more infrequent.
However, on the plus-side, the train journey is often described as one of the best in the UK, travelling through some amazing scenery. Again, if you let us know the time your bus is due to arrive, we can come and collect you as it’s about a 30-minute walk from the bus stop.
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