Summit Britain’s highest mountain Ben Nevis, on this fully guided challenge & fully catered weekend. Enjoy local foods, mountain pubs and spectacular scenery.
FoodSome provided. Details below
Difficulty Level3 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!
In a nutshell:
- Climb Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in Britain.
- Relax in our comfy accommodation near the dramatic valley of Glen Coe, with stunning loch views.
- 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.
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.
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, Corran Bunkhouse.
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.
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.
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 of Heaven’).
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.
After the walk, we’ll head back to the hostel to get changed and celebrate in the local pub. 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.
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 accommodation:
We’ll be staying at the 4 star Corran Bunkhouse. All rooms are en-suite, there are a limited number of twin and Double rooms available. Otherwise rooms are allocated on a single-sex shared room basis. Bedding and towels are provided. This hostel also has free Wi-Fi.
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.
Read our blog on how to get to our Ben Nevis Trips here..
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What our members have to say...
Since my first Large Outdoors weekend I have rediscovered my love for the countryside, met so many great people and had a whole lot of fun. I've sailed around the Inner Hebrides on a luxurious yacht, climbed the 3 national peaks Snowdon, Ben Nevis and Scafel Pike, danced my socks off at the Halloween and New Year celebrations and fallen in love with the beautiful Isle of Skye. Every trip has been amazing fun and I have met so many lovely people and made friends for life. Cheers Large Outdoors!Karen RobertsMember Since 2012
I thoroughly enjoyed the experience from beginning to end. The host Kendra was very welcoming upon arrival at the youth hostel, all walkers and climbers were friendly and we got on great as a group. The home cooked food was amazing and the idea of 'kitchen angels' worked really well. The rock climbing instructor and his son were brilliant and helped us all, providing constant guidance and encouragement.Penny GraingerMember Since 2016
I have attended Large Outdoors weekends for the last two years , achieving many challenges in the British countryside. Every weekend has been very well organised, in beautiful locations, wonderful walks, nutritious food with lovely people.
I have learned new skills and gained confidence in the outdoors from the mountain leaders. I thoroughly enjoy every weekend and always look forward to the next.Elizabeth BrooksMember Since 2014
I have been joining Large Outdoors on their outdoor adventures for many years now. I wasn’t always an active person and as a self-confessed city dweller I never thought I would appreciate so much of what is on offer when you leave the suburbs behind you. Large Outdoors has not only made me appreciate what natural beauty is on our door step, it has also given me the confidence to challenge myself and see things differently.Shad EverettMember since 2009
I love the concept of the Large Outdoors weekends and I like to have at least one or two booked for the future, to have something to look forward to. A weekend trip finds me visiting some fabulous parts of the country: Northumberland, Dorset, Brecon Beacons, Lake District, North York Moors... hills, mountains, moors and coast - all well covered by the amazing choice of locations to pick from, with decent (or lovely!) accommodation, great food and qualified walk leaders. They're also very good value.Sue LangfordMember since 2008