The Mountain Track: Ben Nevis

Ben Nevis

Hike the Highest Peak in Scotland

Hiking Moderate

14 km
1.3 km
1.3 km
4-5 hrs
Low Point
34 m
High Point
1.3 km
The Mountain Track: Ben Nevis Map

The most popular route up Ben Nevis is the Tourist Track. It is the most straightforward and direct route up the mountain, from Achintee in Glen Nevis to the summit cairn.


The route is also variously known as the Tourist Track or Pony Track – probably because it goes up a mountain and the path is well enough made that you could take a pony up it. There may be more serious historical reasons behind the names, but it helps you get an idea of the path: compared with the more demanding CMD (Carn Dearg Meadhonach) scramble ridge, it’s the simple option.

Ben Nevis is purportedly the hardest mountain (and highest peak) of the Three Peaks Challenge. That’s why people tend to do it first. You get a great feeling of accomplishment as you make it to the summit and can kind of convince yourself that it’s all downhill from here… taking in the highest peak in England and highest peak in Wales kind of way!



Hiking along trails with some uneven terrain and small hills. Small rocks and roots may be present.

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