Ben Nevis

Summary for Ben Nevis

Ben Nevis is a route in “The Nevis” region / range which is located in the Loch Linnhe to Loch Ericht area of the Scottish Highlands as defined by the Scottish Mountaineering Club.

On this route you return by same way

Sunrise 9:00 am
Sunset 3:34 pm
6 hours 34 minutes(s) daylight
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Ben Nevis - Tourist Route

DistanceAscentTime
14 km/ 8.7 miles1370 m/ 4494.75 ft4 hours plus
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Ben Nevis is Britain's highest mountain and this route is the busiest. The climb is somewhat tedious as the path zigzags round the shoulder of Meall an t-Suidhe (711 metres) upto the psychological half-way point near Lochan Meall an t-Suidhe.

The path then continues zigzagging eight times to the summit. The path vanishes on the higher rocky slopes and navigation can be problematic.

Route points for Ben Nevis

QGrid Ref.BearingDistance(km)Description
NN123732139° SE0.43 (0.43)Start from Ben Nevis Visitor Centre
NN12617291220° SW0.12 (0.55)Head up the path
NN12537283137° SE1.08 (1.63)Youth hostel path joins ours
NN13237201103° ESE0.79 (2.42)Look back at view
NN1399717843° NE0.89 (3.31)Head up the first zigzag
NN14647240178° S0.9 (4.21)Head up the second zigzag
NN1462715044° NE0.31 (4.52)Third zigzag
NN14857171150° SSE0.45 (4.97)Fourth zigzag
NN1505713121° NNE0.3 (5.27)Fifth zigzag
NN15177158166° SSE0.25 (5.52)Sixth zigzag
NN1522713443° NE0.31 (5.83)Seven zigzag
NN15447155161° SSE0.18 (6.01)Last zigzag
NN1549713898° E0.5 (6.51)Continue over rocky / boldery path
NN1598712895° E0.65 (7.16)The final stretch
NN1663711912° NNE0.06 (7.22)If visibility bad (300 days of year) navigate to the south of the summit to aviod drops
NN166712173° S4.73 (11.95)The summit Ben Nevis - 1344 ( metres)
Munros covered on Ben Nevis
Ordersort icon Height Munro Meaning Pronunciation
1 1344 Ben Nevis Possibly - Cloudy hill Ben Nevis