Challenge yourself to summit Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest mountain.
DurationMultiple durations available
FoodSome provided. Details below
Difficulty Level3 Three
Take on Ben Nevis with either a guided day walk or join our all-inclusive weekend package. Whichever you choose our qualified mountain leaders will be with you every step of the way as you triumph over the UK’s highest summit.
Towering above the town of Fort William deep in the Highlands of Scotland, Ben Nevis is an incredible mountain and the goal of many hill-walkers. Standing at 1345m high, it’s a full day out to walk to the summit and back, and what better way to do it than with a supporting group and an experienced leader?
The total walk is just under 11 miles, with around 1350 metres of ascent and descent. We usually find it takes groups between 7-9 hours to complete the return journey.
We start from the Glen Nevis Visitor Centre, where the group will assemble at the entrance to the centre itself. We begin by crossing the River Nevis, and quickly start the uphill journey, gradually making 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.
Views from the summit are simply breath-taking. You’ll see over the islands of the Hebrides and the ocean and all around are peaks as far as the eye can see. 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 and have our picnic, we’ll begin the return journey, which will be down the same route. Our leaders will be able to point out interesting features now that the hard work is behind us and we can enjoy the descent.
We are with you every step of the way as you take on the challenge to the top of The Ben!
Day walk or weekend package?
This trip is available as a day walk or fully hosted weekend package. Our weekends run from Friday evening through to Sunday morning, with the main walk taking place on the Saturday. Package includes: two night’s accommodation, evening meals, continental breakfasts and a packed lunch for your challenge.
If your joining us for the day walk our guides will meet you at the foot of Ben Nevis for 7:45am ready to guide and support, you to the summit.
Both options are perfect for solo travellers, friends and couples who are either looking for a personal challenge or to raise funds for their chosen charity.
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:
- Friday 17th May – Sunday 19th May – Weekend Package
- Saturday 18th May – Day Walk
- Friday 7th June – Sunday 9th June – Weekend Package
- Saturday 8th June – Day Walk
- Saturday 15th June – Day Walk
- Friday 21st June – Sunday 23rd June – Weekend Package
- Saturday 29th June – Day Walk
- Saturday 13th July – Day Walk
- Friday 19th – Sunday 21st July – Weekend Package
- Friday 9th August – Sunday 11th August – Weekend Package
- Saturday 17th August – Day Walk
- Friday 13th September – Sunday 15th September – Weekend Package
This is by far our most popular option and allows you the chance to get the most from the trip, not only do you get to spend time relaxing and making new friends the night before but you get to share the camaraderie throughout the walk.
With the exception of our June 2018 package we will be staying at the 4-star Corran Bunkhouse, all of the warm and comfortable rooms are en-suite and we have the option for private twin and double rooms along with the standard shared rooms.
Situated on the shores of Loch Linnhe the bunkhouse enjoys stunning coastal and mountain views.
You are welcome to arrive at the hostel any time 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 group 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.
After breakfast, we’ll make our packed lunches for the day’s walk and head out for the foot of Ben Nevis. Please note our accommodation is about a 30-minute drive from the start location and we will all look to car share to get there. There is only one walk offered for today since the aim is Britain’s highest mountain.
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 hostel.
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.
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:
Corran Ferry Approach Road,
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.
DAY WALKERS MEETING LOCATION:
Glen Nevis Visitor Centre,
The Glen Nevis Visitor Centre is situated 1.5 miles along the Glen Nevis road from the Nevis bridge mini-roundabout. Your leader will meet you outside the Centre entrance/toilet block at 07:45 for an 08:00 start.
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions about this or would like clarification.
Age Limits – Due to the social nature of our weekend package all participants need to be 18 or over to stay with us. However, our day walks are open to anyone over 14, with all under 18’s being accompanied by a responsible parent or guardian.
Kit lists – You can view our kit lists here…
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
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
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