Watch the sunrise from the highest mountain in the UK...
DurationSingle Day Event
Difficulty Level3 Three
It’s an experience like no other, climbing a mountain in the dark with a supportive group and an experienced leader to wait on the summit for the first hints of light, and then to watch the sun come up and reveal the landscape. We’re going to be doing just that, and on the UK’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis (1345m).
On the west coast of Scotland, right in the heart of the Highlands, the views from Ben Nevis are spectacular, from the hundreds of other summits visible from the top, right over to the Atlantic and the western isles.
After greeting the sun (we recommend bringing a hot drink!) we’ll head back down, where you can gaze out at all the scenery hidden at night. Arriving back in Glen Nevis you can celebrate not only climbing Ben Nevis, but doing it in a way few other people do.
Ben Nevis Sunrise Experience Dates:
- Friday 21st December 2018 – Winter Solstice
- Friday 21st June 2019 – Summer Solstice – meet at midnight
- Sunday 23rd June 2019 – meet at midnight
- Sunday 14th July 2019 – meet at 00:15am
- Sunday 11th August 2019 – meet at 01:00am
- Sunday 15th September 2019 – moat at 02:15am
Special mention to the Solstices too!
Visiting Stonehenge for the Summer Solstice is so passé! Instead celebrate the longest day of the year on the top of Be Nevis – Friday 21st June 2019.
Similarly if you’re looking to mark the shortest day of the year and the prospect of the nights drawing out, then make a beeline for our Winter Solstice Summit Ben Nevis experience – Friday 21st December.
You’ll meet the group and your leader at the Glen Nevis Visitor Centre, just down the road from Fort William (pay and display parking of £5). The postcode for the centre is PH33 6PF. Your leader will meet you outside the main building by the footbridge over the river.
The times we meet and start the walk vary depending on when sunrise is that day. To find out the meeting time for your walk please see the list below.
The ascent usually takes around 4 ½ hours, and the descent 3 ½.
Please note that these trips take place over Saturday night into Sunday morning, with the exception of the Summer Winter Solstice Walk which is on a Friday morning. The date is for the Sunday and you should aim to meet your guide in the early hours of Sunday. You should be down and back in Fort William for around 9am.
You can find the kit list here. Please make sure you have extra warm clothes for the night-time walking, and the wait on the summit watching sunrise. A head-torch is also essential, and without one you will not be able to start the walk. You can read more about head-torches on our blog here.
Good to know:
Glen Nevis Visitor Centre
Age Limit – This trip is open to anyone over the age of 16. However all under 18 year olds must be accompanied by an adult.
Dogs – Unfortunately 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.
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...
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