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Summit Britain’s highest mountain Ben Nevis, on this fully guided challenge & fully catered weekend. Enjoy local foods, mountain pubs and spectacular scenery.

From £155pp to £175pp
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  • Duration

    2 Nights
  • Accommodation

    Hostel
  • Food

    Some provided. Details below
  • Difficulty Level

    3 Three

The highest mountain in Britain, Ben Nevis (1345m) towers above Fort William and the surrounding peaks and valleys. It lies at the heart of the Scottish Highlands, overlooking the great sea loch of Loch Linnhe, and is surrounded by thousands of other peaks. We’ll be climbing Ben Nevis during this fully hosted and guided weekend, where you’ll join a friendly bunch of fellow walkers taking up the the challenge of standing on the Britain’s highest summits.

Besides the climb itself, we’ll have time to sample some of the local fine ales and we’ll be cooking up scrumptious meals for you.

We also have plenty of helpful advice on this site – from training guides through to kit lists – that will help you prepare for The Ben!

We are with you every step of the way as you take on the challenge to the top of The Ben!

2018 Dates:

15-17th June (Glencoe YHA), 20-22nd July, 27-29th July, 14-16th September and 21-23rd September.  

In a nutshell:

    • Climb Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in Britain.
    • Relax in our comfy accommodation, with hot drinks always available.
    • Enjoy our freshly prepared meals and get to know other walking enthusiasts.
    • Experience the Scottish Highlands via its beautiful valleys.
    • Perfect challenge for solo travellers, friends or groups.

Some of you will have come across Jo Milne on our events.. Jo was born deaf and is currently going blind. So with a bucket list of challegnes she wishes to complete we headed to Scotland for a day tackling Ben Nevis..

About the location

The Western Highlands

Centred around Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis, the Western Highlands of Scotland are a region of high peaks and deep valleys, bordered in the west by the Atlantic. There are several major mountain ranges, including the Mamores and the Grey Corries, and the great valleys of Glen Coe and Glen Spean, which cut through the region running east to west. The area is hugely popular with walkers, climbers, mountain bikers and kayakers, and hosts the towns of Fort William and Oban, as well as many villages. The world-famous long distance trail of the West Highland Way cuts through the region, running from Glasgow to Fort William.

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Itinerary

Friday

Travelling through some of Scotland’s most iconic landscape will have added to the excitement and anticipation of the weekend ahead as you arrive at our fantastic base.

You are welcome to arrive at the hostel from 5pm, where your Large Outdoors host will be busy preparing the evening meal. You’ll have the chance to meet your fellow walkers, grab a hot drink, and enjoy the local scenery.

We’ll have a sit-down dinner at 8pm where we’ll go over the plans for the next day, including kit advice and a weather update. The rest of the evening is yours to prepare for Saturday’s adventure. Your welcome to relax in the hostel and sample from the cheese-board or head to a local inn for the evening and sample some of their extensive whiskey selection.

A guided walking package to the summit of ben nevis scotland

Saturday

After a filling breakfast, we’ll make our packed lunches for the day’s walk and head out for the foot of Ben Nevis. There is only one walk offered for today, since the aim is Britain’s highest mountain.

Following the Pony Track, we climb steeply to the saddle by Lochan Meall an t-Suidhe (also known as the ‘Halfway Lochan’) at 570 m.

Rest-assured though, there will be plenty of view stops so you can savour the beautiful scenery that opens up before your eyes.

A guided walking package to the summit of ben nevis scotland

For the remaining 700 metres we zigzag our way up the stony west flank of Ben Nevis, taking care as there will be some loose scree and rocks that can make the route slippery.

Finally, after a number of false summits, the cairn marking the top comes into view, and we allow ample time for you to take in the fact that you have just bagged Ben Nevis (which in Gaelic is said to poetically mean ‘mountain with its head in the clouds’).

We then begin our return, a journey that shouldn’t be underestimated as it demands care and attention across the rocky surface and can be tough on the knees.

The ascent of Ben Nevis takes between 7 and 9 hours and is 10 ¾ miles long (17km), with 1340m of ascent and descent. It’s a fantastic day out, and the view from the summit is spectacular.

A guided walking package to the summit of ben nevis scotland

Late afternoon onwards

After the walk, we’ll head back to the hostel to get changed and celebrate. There’ll be a homemade evening dinner at 8pm and we normally then find that people stay up re-living the adventure over a few drinks in the lounge of our exclusive hostel.

Sunday:

After a leisurely Sunday breakfast, it’s time to pack up and say our farewells. If you’re keen to explore the local area then we can point you in the right direction for some valley walks.

Our Base:

15th June 2018 Weekend:  

For the weekend starting on the 15h of June 2018 we will be staying at the Glencoe YHA, Glencoe, Ballachulish PH49 4HX

All other dates in 2018 and 2019.

For all other dates we will be staying at the Corran Bunkhouse.

Corran Bunkhouse,
Corran Ferry Approach Road,
Onich,
Fort William
PH33 6SE

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions about this or would like clarification.

  • Good to know:

    Good to know:

    • This venue supplies bedding but you will need a towel.
    • If your staying at Corran all of the rooms are en-suite.
    • If traveling by public transport the Citylink coach is the most convenient way to get there.
    • There is a short drive to the start of the walk on Saturday morning, we do not supply transport, normally everyone just car shares.
    • You are welcome to bring your own alcohol to drink on this trip.
    • I am afraid dogs are not allowed on this trip, unless they are registered assistance dogs.
    • Please note there is limited mobile phone signal or wifi at this venue.
    • This trip is open to anyone over 18 years of age and there is no upper age limit.

    Arrivals:

    You are welcome to arrive any time from 5pm onwards and settle in before we serve an evening meal at about 8pm. Please let us know if you intend arriving after 10pm.

    Foods and Drinks:

    For this weekend we provide the following meals:

    • Evening meals on both Friday and Saturday.
    • Breakfasts – Our standard breakfast is a selection of cereals, yoghurts, fruit and toast.
    • Packed Lunch for Saturday – We supply sandwiches, fruit, cereal bars / biscuits and crisps. However, we do not supply any drinks so please ensure you have a water bottle with you.

    As well as meals, we also provide a variety of complimentary soft drinks and beverages – tea & coffee which includes herbal, fruit and decaffeinated options and fruit squashes.

    We do not supply alcohol but you are welcome to bring your own

    Vegetarian or Vegan:

    We will always supply a vegetarian of vegan meal, however due to the remote locations of our venues these must be booked in advance. Simply complete the dietary section during the booking process or if your dietary needs have changed email the office and we will update your records.

    We are unable to offer Halal or Kosher meals but will be happy to supply a vegetarian alternative, please ensure you request this when booking.

    Allergies, Intolerances & Gluten Free.

    Please ensure you list any allergies and intolerances clearly during the booking process, with notice we are able to offer gluten free meals and can accommodate most allergies. However, please note that due to the shared nature of the kitchens we cannot eliminate the possibility of cross contamination. If you have any questions then please contact the office.

    If you have further questions please view our FAQ’s page or email the main Large Outdoors office.
  • Traveling to our Ben Nevis Weekend:

    Travelling to Ben Nevis:

    There is no escaping the fact that reaching Ben Nevis is a long journey, so why not make it all part of the adventure and follow some of our top travel tips for easing the way. On Saturday morning we will need to make the short drive to the start of this walk. We normally ask people to car share.

    Read our blog on how to get to our Ben Nevis Trips here..

    By Coach:

    The quickest and easiest way to get here by public transport is to hop on the Citylink coach direct from Glasgow. This regular service must be booked in advance and takes about 3 hours from Glasgow centre or airport.

    Corran Bunkhouse: 

    Get off at Corran and you’ll find yourself around 100m’s from the front door.

    Glencoe Scottish YHA:

    Get off at Glencoe Crossroads, from here the hostel is about 1 mile away, however if you let us know in advance what time your due in we will come and collect you.

    By Train:

    This is the longest and most inconvenient way to get to either of these locations as you will need to get the train to Fort William, from Glasgow central its a short walk to Queen’s Street station and then its about 4 hours to Fort William. From here you will need to get a bus or taxi back out to Corran or Glencoe.

    By Car:

    Corran Bunkhouse:

    This venue is about 2 hours north of Glasgow and about 8 miles south of Fort William. Simply follow the A82 through the highlands. When you reach Corran turn towards the ferry the bunkhouse is on the left.

    Glencoe Scottish YHA:

    From Crianlarich and the south come through Glencoe on the A82 and take the right hand turn signposted “Glencoe Village”, “The Clachaig Inn” and “Glencoe Independent Hostel”. You will now be on an old singletrack road, continue on this past the Clachaig Inn and for a further mile, on the left.

  • Ticket / room types and deposits:

    Shared Room

    This is our standard ticket ideal for solo travellers, individuals and small groups of friends, we will place you in a suitable same sex room, sharing with others. This will vary on the venue and can be twin rooms up to dorm style rooms on our hostel based trips.

    If you make one booking for a group of people we will do our best to accommodate you all in one room. However, if you and your friends have made a series of separate bookings but wish to be together, simply email us with a group list.

    Private Rooms

    Whenever possible we will always offer any single or twin / double rooms as available. Please note single rooms are very popular and sell out quickly. Private twin rooms will have two single beds or a bunk and a double room will have a double bed.

    Deposits:

    You can secure your place on this trip with a 50% deposit, the balance is then due no less than 12 weeks before you travel. Failure to pay your balance on time could result in you losing your deposit and place on this trip. If the trip is within 12 weeks then you will need to pay in full to secure your place.

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