Ben Nevis Scottish Highlands Walking Holiday
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Come and join us or for what will be a special Ben Nevis Scottish Highlands walking holiday. Based in the idyllic location of Glen Nevis at the foot of Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest peak, you are in for a real treat.
Three memorable walking days including Ben Nevis, the Devils Staircase (part of the West Highland Way) and the Lost Valley of Glencoe, offering some of the finest walking trails complete with stunning valley and mountain scenery.
- Fully guided Scottish Highlands walking weekend
- Ben Nevis and West Highland Way mountain views
- 3 days of scenic guided walks
- Lost Valley of Glencoe
- Breath taking scenery
- Enjoyable group social evenings
Accommodation at Glen Nevis Hostel
Just a few months ago in 2018, Glen Nevis Hostel reopened after major refurbishment works, the result being that it looks amazing. The new-look 5 star VisitScotland accredited hostel, just outside Fort William, is located at the foot of the UK’s highest mountain Ben Nevis. We have reserved number of male and female shared bunkrooms. Accommodation is for 3 nights, including breakfast.
A deposit of £50 per person, or full payment, is required at the time of booking. To pay a £50 deposit please select the ‘Direct Bank Transfer’ payment option at the checkout.
Friday – (Optional) Walk & Welcome Evening
Check in at Glen Nevis Hostel is from 3.30pm and the Friday Welcome Evening (optional) is 8.30pm at the hostel. It’s a chance for everyone on the holiday to meet and the Country Adventures tour leader will be on hand to answer any questions about the planned walks. If you’re unable to make it to the Welcome Evening, the booking confirmation will detail everything you need to know about the weekend.
At 3.45pm from Glen Nevis Hostel there is an optional low level (4 mile) Country Adventures guided walk on a section of the Great Glen Way incorporating Old Inverlochy Castle and a visit into Fort William.
Saturday - Walk Day
The high level walk of the day is Ben Nevis summit via the Mountain Path (Grade 4), but there will also be an easier ‘Ben Nevis’ Grade 2/3 guided option:
Grade 4 option – Ben Nevis 8.75 miles (14km), with 4435 ft (1352m) of ascent
Grade 2/3 option – The North Face of Ben Nevis and the Allt a’ Mhuillin 7 miles (11.2km), with 2316 ft (706m) of ascent
Sunday - Walk Day
Grade 2 – Glencoe & Devils Staircase 7 miles (11.2km), with 1400 ft (9427m) of ascent
Monday - Walk Day & Departure Day
Grade 2 – Lost Valley of Glencoe 2.5 miles (4km), with 1099 ft (335m) of ascent
In the morning of the last day, we’ll enjoy a short walk into the Lost Valley of Glencoe, a historical Scottish Clan hideaway. The walk is quite steep in places with dramatic landscape all around. We plan to finish the day back in Fort William by 1pm, where there will be an opportunity to spend a little time in the town even explore the highly regarded West Highland Museum in the town square. The holiday will officially finish approximately 3pm.
The (optional) accommodation for the walking holiday is Glen Nevis Hostel. Rooms are shared male and shared female bunkrooms and the package includes 3 nights with a cooked breakfast.
Food & Drink
Meals included during the holiday: All breakfasts.
Glen Nevis Hostel has a well equipped self catering kitchen with fridges and storage space to enable you to store snacks you wish to bring on the holiday for your own personal use.
For evening meals there is a local Inn nearby to enjoy an evening at, plus will also have an evening in Fort William where there is a wide variety of places to eat and enjoy a group social evening.
For guided walking tours that require transport from the meeting point to the start of the walk, we use a minibus or where necessary local transport. There is no extra charge for this, it is included in the tour price.
Our walks are by no means designed to be endurance tests where everyone sets off at a blistering pace. Far from it, it’s about a fine day in the hills in good company enjoying the best of fell walking with exceptional views but it is important to state that for everyone’s walking enjoyment walking does require a minimum level of fitness and stamina. Hill / Mountain walking experience is not essential as long as you have a reasonable level of fitness. For the higher level graded walks (i.e. Challenging Grade) it is advisable that you are someone who enjoys regular cardio exercise or have experience of mountain walking and have the stamina/ leg strength in order to be better prepared for longer sections of uphill & downhill walking associated with higher mountain treks.
Walking Grades Explained
Grade 1 (Leisurely) Normally 5-8 miles, may include gentle ascents and descents of up to a total 1100ft of ascent and similar descent over a day’s walk. Easier scenic walking at lower altitudes along paths and tracks.
Grade 2 (Moderate) Normally 6-10 miles on paths and tracks, between 800ft – 1700ft of total ascent and similar descent. Longer walks, on hills and moorland.
Grade 3 (Moderate Mountain) Normally ranging from 6-10 miles, between 1700ft – 2600ft of ascent, similar descent. Longer walks, over higher ground with possibly steeper ups and downs on paths and tracks.
Grade 4 (Challenging) Normally ranging from 8-13 miles, between 1500ft – 3000+ft of ascent, similar descent, over undulating mountain terrain, walking at higher levels with steep ups and downs. Suitable for people with a good level of fitness.
What you need to bring with you for the walks
- Good, comfortable walking boots with a cleated sole and good ankle support are essential.
- Waterproof jacket and over-trousers.
- Warm, dry walking clothing. Unsuitable clothing includes Jeans or cotton tracksuit bottoms and cotton t-shirts (cotton is a poor insulating fabric and when wet it takes a long time to dry, which can lead to a rapid loss of body heat as well as being uncomfortable).
- A number of thin layers are better than one thick/ heavy jumper. We suggest a fleece for extra warmth especially when we stop on the hills for lunch.
- Hat and gloves (even in summer – any wind chill on the mountain tops will lead to cooler temperatures).
- Sunglasses, sun cream.
- Hot or cold drinks (i.e. a minimum of 2 litres of water).
- Plenty of food and drink for lunch and snacks.
- A rucksack large enough to carry it all in (20-30 litres), ideally with a waterproof liner.
- Any medication you need.
- Thermos flask. We recommend bringing warm drinks with you, as even on sunny days it can occasionally feel cooler, especially on the summits of the higher-level mountain walks.
- Walking poles (if you use them).
- A towel.
We want you to enjoy your time with Country Adventures and have the best possible adventure experience. Please be aware that if any participants are not properly equipped for the walk (i.e. with walking boots and waterproofs), at the guide’s discretion we reserve the right to not allow them on the walk for reasons of safety for both the individual and the group. If you need clarification any of the equipment requirements, please don’t hesitate to ask.
Tour Schedule & Activity Meeting Times
Please ensure you give yourself plenty of time to get to the meeting point at the required time. The transport for our day walks will leave promptly at the stated time and due to the nature of scheduled tours, we are unable to provide refunds if unfortunately, you miss the departure time.
Welcome Walk – 3.45pm at Glen Nevis Hostel
Welcome Evening – 8.30pm at Glen Nevis Hostel
Address: Glen Nevis Hostel, Glen Nevis, Fort William, Inverness-shire PH33 6SY