At 1,345 metres (4,413 ft), Ben Nevis is the highest mountain in the UK and dominates the local landscape.
Located just outside Fort William, Ben Nevis is approx. 15 mins from Springburn Farmhouse. The mountain is a popular destination, attracting an estimated 125,000 walkers a year, around three-quarters of which use the Pony Track from Glen Nevis Visitor Centre.
Whether you’re an avid ambler or you just love beautiful landscapes, ‘bagging the Ben’ is likely to feature near the top of your Scottish bucket list. But, remember, it’s a tough climb taking between 6 and 8 hours, with variable weather possible at the summit, so suitable clothing and a decent level of fitness is required.
The summit, which is the collapsed dome of an ancient volcano, features the ruins of an observatory which was continuously staffed between 1883 and 1904. The meteorological data collected during this period is still important for understanding Scottish mountain weather.
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