Conquer Britain’s highest peak during a Scottish weekend away...
DurationMultiple durations available
FoodSome provided. Details below
Difficulty Level3 Three
It’s no mean feat scaling the summit of Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest peak, which is why our weekends based around the challenge are so popular.
Here’s the thing: hiking 11 miles with over 1300 metres of ascent and descent is a toughie – do-able but your muscles are going to know about it.
So our solution is to make a wee weekend of it with comfortable lodgings to relax in, plenty of time to bond with your fellow challengers and enough food on-tap to satisfy the most ravenous of appetites.
In a nutshell:
- Feel relaxed before and after tackling Ben Nevis
- Leave the route finding and support to our expert guides
- Feel elated when you reach the highest point in Britain
- Enjoy the sociable side of the weekend & soak up stunning Highland scenery.
Charity challenges & Group Packages:
If you work for a charity or are interested in coming with a group of 8 or more then please get in touch to discuss our group rates and charity packages.
Ben Nevis Dates 2020 – Glencoe SYHA
- Friday 29th – Sunday 31st May 2020
- Friday 19th – Sunday 21st June 2020
- Friday 18th – Sunday 20th September 2020
You are welcome to arrive at our lodgings any time from 5pm, where your Large Outdoors host will introduce you to the rest of the group before rolling up sleeves to prepare dinner.
Over dinner we go through the plans for the next day including dishing out some advice on the kit to take and an assessment of the weather.
Then it’s time to relax, perhaps helping yourself to one last slice of cheese from the cheeseboard or heading out to a local inn for a wee dram (but not too large a one given tomorrow’s challenge).
After breakfast, we’ll make our packed lunches for the day’s walk and head out to the start of the Ben Nevis route – please note there will be a 20 minute drive to the start of the walk and we will ask people to car share.
We start by crossing the River Nevis, and quickly start the uphill journey. Gradually we make our way up the rocky but clear trail that skirts the slopes of Meall an t-Suidhe. Views ahead will be of the spectacular wooded Glen Nevis, and before long we’ll be half-way, marked by the famous ‘half-way lochan’ of Lochan Meall an t-Suidhe.
Beyond this point, the trail begins to zig-zag upwards, leaving much of the vegetation behind as we rise up to the summit plateau. Despite being rocky, the path is clear for most of the way up and relatively easy walking.
Just at the point that your muscles are starting to make themselves known you’ll be boosted by glimpses of the summit and then, ta-dah, there it is, in all its glory!
On a clear day or through tantalising breaks in the clouds the views are jaw dropping. From the sight of the islands of the Hebrides and the ocean and across to the surrounding mountain peaks, the moment is quite humbling and deserves to be marked by sitting there eating a sarnie or two.
What’s more, you can gaze down the 700 metre North Face, one of the highest cliffs in the UK. The summit area was once the home to Britain’s highest building, a weather observatory that was built and manned by the Victorians – you can still see the ruins to this day.
After taking time to celebrate on the summit, we’ll begin the return journey, which will be down the same route.
By this point you’ll be a bit giddy having done the hard uphill work. However with steep descents still in the offing and tiring limbs you’ll be glad of the encouraging words from the guide and distractions provided by the group’s discussions which invariable veer towards what plate of food is going to be devoured that evening!
Once back at our base it is time to relax before we celebrate either with a dinner prepared by us or by heading out to one of the local hostelries for a meal accompanied, no doubt, by a few drinks.
After a leisurely Sunday breakfast, it’s time to pack up and say our farewells. If you’re keen to explore even more of the local area, then we can point you in the right direction for some leg-loosening valley walks before you make your way back home.
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.
Good to know:
WEEKEND PACKAGE ADDRESS:
- 2 nights hostel accommodation.
- 1 day guided walk on Ben Nevis.
- Welcome meal on the Friday plus Saturday night evening meal. Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday and then a packed lunch for Saturday.
- 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.
Don’t forget – Weekend Package Only:
- 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.
Age Limit: You must be over 18 to attend this trip, there is no upper age limit.
Dogs: I am afraid dogs are not allowed on this trip, unless they are registered assistance dogs.
Arrival Time: 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.
Solo Travellers: This trip is perfect for solo travellers and although couples and small groups of friends are always welcome the majority of people do attend on their own.
Alcoholic Drinks: We do not supply any alcohol for this trip but you are welcome to bring your own drinks to enjoy over the weekend.
Kit lists – You can view our kit lists here…
FAQ’s– For important information on what’s included with our standard trips, such as what food we supply, arrival times and answer to our most commonly asked questions please visit out our FAQ’s page
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What our members have to say...
“I didn’t really know what to expect on my first ever walking holiday and wasn’t very prepared if truth be known – lesson to all read the essential kit list especially waterproofs! It was great fun and what a lovely group of supportive and encouraging people, especially Gareth who did a great job looking after us all. I must admit at times I found it a bit challenging but what a great sense of achievement when we reached the top of the mountains (hills) I will definitely do this again.ElizabethMember Since 2016
Well, for a non-walker it was certainly challenging but my word was it exhilarating! The feeling of achievement after every day, was just fabulous. The group we went with were all strangers on day one, but firm friends by the end of the week. The comradery on some of the tougher walks, helped me to the top…..and wow what views. Anyone thinking of doing it - don’t worry….just go for it!ClaireMember Since 2016
My first Large Outdoors and (Ulster & the Giant's Causeway Walking Weekend) Irish experience was absolutely fantastic. Everything was organised perfectly and Gareth is a joy to be around. I loved every minute and will definitely book myself onto another trip. #toldallmyfriendstheyhavetocomeVanessaMember Since 2018