Ben Nevis

Ben Nevis is the tallest mountain in the United Kingdom, at 1345 metres (4413 feet) in height, and also therefore the largest of the National Three Peaks of Great Britain.

Ben Nevis summit, May 2016

Ben Nevis has one main path, the Pony Track or "Tourist Path", marked on the OS Explorer 392 Map (at the Three Peaks Shop). Unlike Snowdon and Scafell Pike, the path to Ben Nevis starts close to sea level, meaning much greater vertical ascent.

Ben Nevis Carpark Postcode

The postcode for the Ben Nevis Visitor Centre car park is PH33 6ST. Parking here is £3 for cars, and £10 for minibuses and coaches.

Accommodation at Ben Nevis

Ben Nevis Route

A main path runs up Ben Nevis, from Glen Nevis, which can be followed from either Glen Nevis Youth Hostel, or the Glen Nevis Visitor Centre. Early on the two paths join, and then continue to a Loch - Lochan Meall an t-Siudhe. From this half way point, the path follows a zigzag pattern to the rocky summit plateau. Large cairns mark the final ascent to the trig point which marks the peak - snow will often nearly obscure these cairns until around May each year.

Popularly known as The Pony Track, this route is 10.5 miles long, 17km, up and down, and includes 1352 metres of ascent.

The main route in red below shows the full route from the Glen Nevis Visitor Centre. The alternative start in blue shows the route beginning at the Glen Nevis Youth Hostel.

See the map of Ben Nevis in full screen.

Ben Nevis GPS/GPX route

Right click and 'Save As' here, to download our Ben Nevis route for GPS devices.

Transport to Ben Nevis

Train travel to Ben Nevis is very straight forward. The local station is Fort William, with a sleeper train available from the south, arriving at 9.54am.

Ben Nevis Maps

OS Explorer 392 map for Ben Nevis

Ben Nevis map cover, OS Explorer 392 map, Ben Nevis & Fort William

Buy the Ben Nevis map from the Three Peaks Shop

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