From parking to trail conditions, this itinerary has all the information you need to hike Ben Nevis from the Ben Nevis Inn in the Scottish Highlands.

Before you start

How to get there

The best way to get to the Ben Nevis Inn is by car. There’s parking there for everybody, but make sure you nip in to the bar for a drink after your hike.

Trail conditions

Most of the route to the summit of Ben Nevis is rocky with large stone steps and boulders. At the summit, mossy, slippery boulders cover the ground.

Camping rules

There are no designated campsites on this hike, however if you’re planning on wild camping on Ben Nevis do so at your own risk and remember to leave no trace.

The hike

Step 1

Beginning the route

From the Ben Nevis Inn head up the pony track towards the mountain ranges.

Step 2

Hop over the style

Clamber over the style and continue up the path.

Step 3

Switch back to the lake

The path begins to switch back and steepen. An hour into the hike you get to the “Halfway Lake”. This isn’t quite half way. Enjoy views of the lake along with solitude and boggy grasslands.

Step 4

Pass the waterfall

From the Halfway Lake keep right and continue along the path past the waterfall.

Step 5

Switchback cairns

The final stretch of the path is marked by large stone cairns. Switch back until the route begins to plateau.

Step 6

Summit Ben Nevis

At the summit there’s a large rocky plateau. Explore the landscape to find a small shelter, which sadly is filled with rubbish. Touch the stone obelisk marking the summit and enjoy views of the highlands.

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