GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Ben Nevis Mountain Track

11 miles (17 km)

Follow the Ben Nevis Mountain Track (or Tourist Route) up Britain's highest mountain on this spectacular walk. The walk begins in the Glen Nevis visitor centre car park in the town of Fort William in the Scottish Highlands. The visitor centre has a wealth of advice and information and is well worth visiting particularly if you are not an experience hill climber. This route is the most straightforward path up the mountain but is still strenuous with the upper section particularly rough and stony. As such you should prepare properly for the walk with good walking boots, extra clothing and plenty of food and water. It usually takes 7-10 hours for the ascent and descent so it is best attempted in the summer months when there is plenty of daylight.
After leaving the visitor centre you will cross the River Nevis before starting the climb. As you climb the path you will enjoy spectacular views of Glen Nevis, the Mamores and Stob Ban. You will also cross pretty streams and pass the tranquil Loch Meall. At the summit you will find several memorials, a trig point, and many cairns. The views of the highlands are truly magnificent. You then return to the start point by the same route.

Ben Nevis Mountain Track OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Ben Nevis Mountain Track Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

For an easier walk in the area head to the nearby Steall Waterfall. There's a lovely trail here through the beautiful Glen Nevis with riverside trails and the second highest waterfall in Scotland. The falls are located on the southern side of the mountain and have a handy on site car park. There's also the fun wire rope bridge over the Water of Nevis to try!

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Photos

Glen Nevis from Ben Nevis track

A view up Glen Nevis from the lower section of the Ben Nevis Mountain Track

Ben Nevis to Stob Ban and Glen Coe

A view south from the Ben Nevis Mountain Track, towards Glen Coe. The peak in the foreground is Stob Ban with the two more distant ridges on either side of Glen Coe.

Lochan Lunn Da-Bhra and Loch Linnhe from Ben Nevis

Lochan Lunn Da-Bhra visible in a glen to the east of Loch Linnhe

Lower Glen Nevis near the Mountain Track - geograph.org.uk - 64826

Lower Glen Nevis near the Mountain Track. The fenced path in the foreground is a detour from the main tourist track up Ben Nevis, leading down to River Nevis. The photo was taken at 17:57 on 5th April, 2003. The western slopes of Ben Nevis form the background.

The Tourist Route - geograph.org.uk - 52744

The Tourist Route. High above Glen Nevis on the euphemistically named 'tourist route' to Ben Nevis, looking North towards Achintee. The path cuts across the western slopes of Meall an t-Suidhe.

The Tourist Route - geograph.org.uk - 52746

The Tourist Route. Shortly before it levels out at the bealaich containing Lochan Meall an t-Suidhe the path takes a sharp turn to the left. Below is the Red Burn, while above and behind the cloud base is descending to obscure the zigzags which mark the route to the summit.

Walking up Ben Nevis via Tourist Path - geograph.org.uk - 675859

Walking up Ben Nevis via Tourist Path

Ben Nevis Summit - geograph.org.uk - 1372100

View of the top of the cliffs on the north side of Ben Nevis summit. The extensive view beyond shows Loch Eil pointing directly towards the island of Rum with Eigg just visible in front and to the left. To the right of Rum, on the far horizon, the peaks of South Uist in the Outer Hebrides can be seen - almost 100 miles away.

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Memory Map Route

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