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Hiking Ben Nevis - Which route will you take?

Wanting to hike Ben Nevis during your time in the Scottish Highlands? We have all the essential tips and recommendations to make you the tallest person in the UK!

Hiking Ben Nevis

You've decided to hike Nevis, but now unsure which route you want to take or want to know everything before you set off - here's our two best options for different hiking routes that you can take depending on your experience and ability.


If you're a beginner walker and you're looking to set yourself a challenge of hiking the highest peak in the UK, The Mountain Path may be the best option for you. I highly recommend taking a look through 'Walk Highlands' detailed guide on getting you to the top of the peak. Although, once you're on the path, it is hard to divert off of it!


You've hiked a mountain or three and you're a little tired of taking the main path, which at weekends and holidays are packed full of other mountain hikers. This can often be a little overwhelming, especially if your ability is higher. If this sounds like you, then Càrn Mòr Dearg Arête route is the route you need to challenge yourself with. Not only does this route offer you a nicer circular walk, it provides you with a much more diverse scenery, not to mention the incredible views of the North Face of Ben Nevis. This route will also offer you less traffic, we have only ever crossed paths with a handful of people when we have hiked this route! Check out 'Walk Highlands' detailed guide on how to get you up this route. My one piece of advice would be to take extra care on 'Stage 2' of the guide, the boggy path can be easily missed and if you refuse to go back on yourself, you may just find yourself scrambling up a part of the mountain that you absolutely shouldn't be!


You have surpassed your average hike and you're already an active rock climber, perhaps climbing the North Face of Ben Nevis is better suited to you? This is not something I have experienced previously, therefore I highly recommend doing your own research. Access to the base of this climb can be found here. If you have successfully tackled this climb, I would love to hear from you!


Either way, don't forget to take a picture at the top and tag us on social media, we love to see your adventures and if you're a guest at the lodge, you may just win yourself a free trip back to our A Frame in the Scottish Highlands next year!


Be prepared and plan ahead before you tackle the challenge of the tallest peak;

The worst part after leaving your car is knowing you've forgotten something and it's now too late to head back and get those things, only to find half way through your hike you are struggling and it turns what could have been an enjoyable experience in to one you can't wait to finish! I've popped a few things down here, but think of all eventualities and be prepared!

  • Hiking pack

  • Weather-appropriate clothing (think moisture-wicking and layers)

  • Hiking footwear

  • Plenty of food

  • Plenty of water

  • Navigation tools such as a map and compass

  • First-aid kit

  • Knife or multi-tool


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