Challenge yourself to summit Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest mountain....
DurationSingle Day Event
Difficulty Level3 Three
Conquer Britain’s highest summit in a day…
If you fancy a challenge then walking to the top of Britain’s highest mountain Ben Nevis, affectionately known as Big Ben, is a pretty good one to undertake.
This lofty peak stands at 1345 metres high and takes 11 miles to get to the summit and back down to the foot of the mountain which makes it a great day challenge.
With an expert guide leading the way and a small group of fellow challengers providing camaraderie, morale-boosting and the odd jelly baby or two to get you through the tougher moments, the day becomes a whole lot more enjoyable.
This is where our day walks come into their own – yes you’ll have aching limbs but the sense of achievement that comes with scaling Britain’s loftiest peak will make the soreness ebb away.
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.
In a nutshell:
- Throw down your own personal gauntlet by taking on a tough but do-able day challenge.
- A full guiding service so you can feel totally supported.
- A chance to file away spectacular Highland views in your memory bank
- Forge new friendships as you scale the heights and/or raise money for charity.
Ben Nevis Guided Day Walk Dates:
- Saturday 25th July 2020
- Saturday 8th August
- Tuesday 11th August 2020
- Thursday 13th August 2020
- Saturday 29th August 2020
- Saturday 12th September 2020
The day itself:
8am – our guides will meet you promptly at 8am at the Glen Nevis Visitor Centre at the foot of Ben Nevis.
Importantly, please ensure you print, sign and bring along THIS FORM to hand to your guides at the start of the day.
After the paperwork’s complete, we strike out 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!
Good to know:
Glen Nevis Visitor Centre
Please meet your guide for 8am.
Age Limit: You must be over 12 to attend this trip, there is no upper age limit. Please note everyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
Dogs: I am afraid dogs are not allowed on this trip, unless they are registered assistance dogs.
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.
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What our members have to say...
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
“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