At an elevation of 1,345 m (4,412 ft), Ben Nevis is the highest mountain in the British Isles; unsurprisingly therefore, it’s also one of the most popular with walkers and climbers. It is located in the Lochaber area of the Scottish Highlands close to the town Fort William.
Of the estimated 100,000 visitors who climb this mountain each year, around 75% ascend via the Pony Track from Achintee on the east side of Glen Nevis. This route consists of a steep climb to a height of 570 m (1,870 ft), then zig-zags up the stony strewn west flank to the summit for the remaining 700 m (2,297 ft). Although the path is maintained, conditions can be hazardous in places, particularly when wet.
The summit consists of a stony plateau with the highest point marked by a cairn and an Ordnance Survey trig point. There are also the ruined remains of an observatory from the late 19th century and a war memorial. As the highest point in Britain, the views are stunning, as you would expect. There are fine aspects out to the Torridon Hills, Ben Lomond and over to Northern Ireland on clear days.
The north face of Ben Nevis is famous for its 700 m (2,300 ft) cliffs and crags, which are a popular destination for experienced scramblers, climbers and mountaineers, as well as ice climbers in winter. Snow is often still present here in late April.