Ben Nevis

Ben Nevis summit, May 2016

Ben Nevis, the highest of the three peaks at 1345 metres (4413 ft), has one main path, marked clearly on the OS Explorer 392 map. 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 maps

Ben Nevis route

A single 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 peak.

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

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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.

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