Guidebook

Best Hiking Trails Near Ben Nevis, Britain's Highest Mtn

8 beautiful and challenging hiking routes around the UK's highest mountain.

Description

From day hikes to challenging circuit ridge walks, marathon routes and multi-day long-distance trails, there are plenty of hiking options around Ben Nevis. Meander through wild landscapes and deep forest plantations, climb to the clouds, circle highland lochs, and ramble over unspoilt marshlands. Follow paths through ancient Caledonian forests and scramble up steep ascents to reach the summit of Britain’s highest mountain. Hiking in the Scottish Highlands is nothing short of glorious.

Something to keep in mind: being the UK, its likely to be poor weather conditions in the winter and autumn months, so be prepared, or better, plan your hikes for the summer! Always check the weather conditions before attempting to climb Ben Nevis, as it is often impassable for hikers due to snow. You can check the weather forecast for Ben Nevis using the Mountain Weather Information Centre.

West Highland Way 7: Kinlochleven to Ft.William
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West Highland Way 7: Kinlochleven to Ft.William

Glencoe
5 - 6 hrs
24.7 km
701 m
702 m
This final stage of the route nicely rounds off the WHW, running from the attractive wooded shores of Loch Leven and over the desolate high pass of the Lairig Mor beneath the southern flank of the Mamores.
Moderate
Private
Ben Nevis via the CMD Arete
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Ben Nevis via the CMD Arete

Ben Nevis
5 - 6 hrs
14.6 km
1,019 m
1,627 m
A contender for the title of grandest ridge walk in the country, the Carn Mor Dearg (CMD) Arete straddles that fine line between rambling and scrambling.
Extreme
Private
Great Glen Way

Great Glen Way

Ben Nevis
1 day +
143.3 km
3,626 m
3,617 m
114km/71 miles Fort William to Inverness in 6 days
Difficult
Private
Ramsay Round

Ramsay Round

Ben Nevis
1 day +
90.6 km
7,841 m
7,841 m
24 munros, 24 hours, over two marathons with an elevation gain of 28500 feet/8686.8 metres
Extreme
Private
West Highland Way 6: Kings House Hotel to Kinlochleven
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West Highland Way 6: Kings House Hotel to Kinlochleven

Glencoe
3 - 4 hrs
14.1 km
408 m
639 m
There's a lot to be said for this fairly short stage of the West Highland Way.
Difficult
Private
East Highland Way

East Highland Way

Ben Nevis
1 day +
136.4 km
2,050 m
1,848 m
83miles/134km, 4-8day walk Fort William to Aviemore
Difficult
Private
The Grey Corries from Glen Nevis
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The Grey Corries from Glen Nevis

Ben Nevis
1 day +
24.6 km
1,728 m
1,809 m
A long and challenging classic ridge walk with a feeling of remoteness.
Extreme
Private
Stob Ban and Mullach nan Coirean
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Stob Ban and Mullach nan Coirean

Ben Nevis
4 - 5 hrs
10.3 km
1,046 m
1,056 m
With a smattering of scrambling in summer and more than a hint of mountaineering in winter, this is a shorter, easier alternative to the neighbouring Ring of Steall - but no less worthwhile.
Extreme
Private