Thurs 30th June 2022
Date
3 Walking Days
Duration
Scotland
Location
4,3
Grade
18
Min Age

Ben Nevis Scottish Highlands Walking Holiday

Come and join us or for what will be a special Scottish Highlands walking holiday featuring Glencoe and Ben Nevis.

Based in the central location of Fort William, it’s the ideal place for some exceptional guided walks and memorable social evenings.

Highlights

  • Fully guided Scottish Highlands walking holiday
  • Spectacular Ben Nevis & Glencoe walks
  • 3 days of scenic guided walks
  • Breathtaking scenery
  • Enjoyable group social evenings
INCLUDED
3 days of scenic guided walking Social evenings
Experienced guide Trip leader throughout
Transport for the walk(s) Accommodation
NOT INCLUDED
Spending money
Drinks & some meals

 

Accommodation at the Alexandra Hotel

Part of the very fabric of Fort William since 1876, the Alexandra Hotel provides traditional Scottish Hospitality at its best.  We have reserved a limited number of single ensuite and twin ensuite rooms. Accommodation is for 3 nights, with breakfast.

Alexandra Hotel, Fort William (Photo credit Alexandra Hotel)

 

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Thursday – (Optional) Welcome Evening

Check in at the Alexandra Hotel is from 3pm. The Friday Welcome Evening (optional) is 6.30pm in the hotel, where we can have a drink and evening meal together. It’s a chance for everyone on the walking holiday to meet and the Country Adventures trip 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 Trip Notes detail everything you need to know about the holiday.

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Friday - Walk Day

Grade 4 – Buachaille Etive Beag 6 miles (9.6km), with 2952 ft (900m) of ascent

There’s no better way to start a Scottish Highlands walking experience, than a hike in Glencoe. It’s simply an explosion of magnificent mountains, rich in breathtaking mountain and valley landscape.

Buachaille Etive Beag, a good 6 hour round-trip walk, is an amazing introduction to the Glencoe massif, offering good routes to the summit ridge (wide, rocky, and stepped mountain footpaths), with panoramic vistas of Loch Etive and the surrounding Glencoe mountain range. You can see why this region is so revered by outdoor enthusiasts.

Group transport from Fort William to the walk, and return transport, is included.

In the evening, a social evening is planned in Fort William, where the group can meet up for a drink and enjoy an evening meal together.

3

Saturday - Walk Day

Grade 4 –  Ben Nevis 8.75 miles (14km), with 4435 ft (1352m) of ascent

Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest mountain is a wonderful day’s hike. The route is on good stone paths, stepped in places, and you’ll feel a real sense of achievement reaching the summit. The officially named ‘Mountain Path’ is our route up and the way down, with the downhill trail giving the opportunity to view the surrounding scenery you ultimately don’t notice on the ascent.

On average, the hiking time to complete the walk is 6 to 9 hours, but with summer days we have more day light and time to savor the hike and mountain landscape.

In the evening, a social evening is planned in Fort William, where the group can meet up for a drink and enjoy an evening meal together.

4

Sunday - Walk Day & Departure Day

Grade 2 or 3 –  Steall Falls & Nevis Gorge, Cow Hill, or Lost Valley of Glencoe

You may have chosen to extend your trip to the Highlands to visit other places, however today is our last day of the trip and we have a guided (grade 2 or 3) walk planned. We will keep our options open, but with three excellent shorter day walks to choose from, it will be a fine walk.

The walking holiday finishes in Fort William between 3-4pm.

Essential Info

Accommodation

Accommodation is included as part of this trip. We have reserved a limited number of single ensuite and twin shared rooms at the Alexandra Hotel, Fort William. All breakfasts are included in the price of the trip.

The Alexandra Hotel sits within its own grounds and offers ample free parking. The hotel is just off the main high street into Fort William, and the Train Station is a 3-minute walk to the hotel.

If you prefer to book alternative accommodation, but still enjoy all the other elements of the trip, you may find the following links useful:

Booking.com search for accommodation in Fort William, Scotland

Food & Drink

For the walk(s) please bring with you a packed lunch and refreshments. Occasionally on some guided walks (Grade 1 to 2 walks) we may pass a country inn or tea room where if we have time we can call in, however having a packed lunch with you gives the group the freedom to have lunch wherever we are on the walking route. In Fort William there are ample food stores and a Morrisons supermarket to purchase lunch items.

On Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening, an optional social evening in Fort William is organised by Country Adventures, where the group can meet up for a drink and enjoy an evening meal together.

Transport

For guided walking holidays 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 trip price.

Fitness Levels

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.

Kit List

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).

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 on any of the equipment requirements, please do not hesitate to ask.

Trip 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 trips, we are unable to provide refunds if unfortunately, you miss the departure time.

Meeting Point

Alexandra Hotel Check-in is available from 3pm

Welcome Evening – 6.30pm at the Alexandra Hotel

Walking Days – 8.45am at the Alexandra Hotel

Address: Alexandra Hotel, Parade, Town Centre, Fort William PH33 6AZ

Reviews

At Country Adventures we’re very proud that time after time our customers enjoy our walking weekends, holidays and adventure breaks. We thrive on customer feedback, it helps to ensure our trips continue to be the best they can be.

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A great walking experience

Joe always delivers a great walking experience and together with fabulous weather, scenery, accommodation, restaurants and other walkers, it was another winner!

Karen T, Ben Nevis Scottish Highlands walking holiday July 2019

Country Adventures Twixmas Walking Holiday
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2019-07-18T11:12:54+00:00

Karen T, Ben Nevis Scottish Highlands walking holiday July 2019

Joe always delivers a great walking experience and together with fabulous weather, scenery, accommodation, restaurants and other walkers, it was another winner!

Great trip, great people

Great trip, great people, well worth the long trip up to Scotland. Would highly recommend one of Joe’s walking trips.

Heather, Ben Nevis Scottish Highlands walking holiday July 2019

Country Adventures Twixmas Walking Holiday
5
2019-07-18T13:59:22+00:00

Heather, Ben Nevis Scottish Highlands walking holiday July 2019

Great trip, great people, well worth the long trip up to Scotland. Would highly recommend one of Joe’s walking trips.

We had such a fun time

Joe organised this trip to Ben Nevis for my 60th and did a brilliant job of getting us up & down! Views on the walk from Glencoe to Kinlochleven were spectacular. All in all well worth the long journey to Scotland. We had such a fun time.

Sarah, Ben Nevis Scottish Highlands walking holiday July 2019

Country Adventures Twixmas Walking Holiday
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2019-07-19T13:13:42+00:00

Sarah, Ben Nevis Scottish Highlands walking holiday July 2019

Joe organised this trip to Ben Nevis for my 60th and did a brilliant job of getting us up & down! Views on the walk from Glencoe to Kinlochleven were spectacular. All in all well worth the long journey to Scotland. We had such a fun time.

Amazing walks, people, weather and scenery

A fabulous weekend spent in Scotland. Amazing walks, people, weather and scenery. Lots of fun and laughter thrown into the mix too. Thanks to Joe for organising another great trip - really enjoyed it.

Claire, Ben Nevis Scottish Highlands walking holiday July 2019

Country Adventures Twixmas Walking Holiday
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2019-07-23T22:03:07+00:00

Claire, Ben Nevis Scottish Highlands walking holiday July 2019

A fabulous weekend spent in Scotland. Amazing walks, people, weather and scenery. Lots of fun and laughter thrown into the mix too. Thanks to Joe for organising another great trip - really enjoyed it.

Everything was exceptional

Great holiday with Joe in the Scottish Highlands! Joe is a fantastic guide and made our holiday unforgettable! Everything was exceptional. I met some old and new friends on this tour. We all had a great time.

Nikki, Ben Nevis Scottish Highlands walking holiday July 2019

Country Adventures Twixmas Walking Holiday
5
2019-07-25T18:50:20+00:00

Nikki, Ben Nevis Scottish Highlands walking holiday July 2019

Great holiday with Joe in the Scottish Highlands! Joe is a fantastic guide and made our holiday unforgettable! Everything was exceptional. I met some old and new friends on this tour. We all had a great time.
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