Towering above all other summits in British Isles, the mighty Ben Nevis is a bucket list peak for some 125k hill walkers a year. However its rural location can pose a challenge to those looking to reach and climb it. In this article we cover your options when travelling to, staying at and eating around Ben Nevis, making bagging this challenging munro a little easier.
Travelling to Ben Nevis
Public Transport to Ben Nevis
Even when travelling by train or bus from Edinburgh or Glasgow, public transport to and from Fort William (the town nearest Ben Nevis) can be infrequent and indirect – like much of the Scottish Highlands. Hiring a campervan in the Scottish central belt can be a convenient option when travelling to Ben Nevis, especially from Edinburgh or Glasgow.
Driving to Ben Nevis
Many walkers hire a car to make the journey that bit more straightforward. However hiring a campervan can be an easy solution when considering where to stay and how to get there. With ample storage on the move, hiring a campervan is perfect for transporting and storing all the essential clothing and equipment you’ll need for the unpredictable weather conditions.
Parking at Ben Nevis
If you opt for the Mountain Track (the best route for beginners), you’ll likely begin at the Glen Nevis Visitor Centre car park (convenient for those who have hired a car or campervan). Located at Achintee, on the east side of Glen Nevis, it is about 2km from Fort William town centre and approximately 20m above sea level.
Staying at Ben Nevis
Ben Nevis Accommodation
There are a number of places to stay near Ben Nevis, including The Ben Nevis Hotel, the Ben Nevis Inn & Bunkhouse, the Ben Nevis Guest House and the Glen Nevis Youth Hostel. However if you’d like to be a little more adventurous, the ‘Outdoor Capital of the UK’ offers a number of camping and wild camping options.
Ben Nevis Campsite
The picturesque Glen Nevis Campsite is located near the foot of Ben Nevis and is just a short walk from the start of the Mountain Track. With standard and fully serviced pitches for campervans and motorhomes, as well as a whole host of on-site amenities (including laundry, eateries and groceries), the Glen Nevis Campsite is the perfect choice for Ben Nevis campers.
Ben Nevis Wild Camping
If you’re tempted to wild camp on the Ben Nevis mountainside – please don’t. Its uneven terrain, busy paths and exposure to the elements make camping on the mountainside dangerous. However there are many beautiful spots to wild camp in the shadows of Ben Nevis.
Why not pitch up a tent on the grassy plains of the Steall Meadows, Upper Glen Nevis? This idyllic spot to set up camp lies in a sheltered glen which separates Ben Nevis from the towering ridges of the Mamores range. Many campervans also have the capability to wild camp.
Eating at Ben Nevis
Glen Nevis Restaurant
A 40 minute walk or short drive from Fort William is the Glen Nevis Restaurant & Bar, the perfect place to enjoy well-deserved pub classics, traditional Scottish fare and Asian-inspired seafood. The generous team welcomes visitors to leave their cars and campervans on-site while they explore Glen Nevis’ riverside and forest walks.
Ben Nevis Takeaway
If you’re looking for something quick on the go, the Ben Nevis Takeaway in Inverlochy is an affordable place to eat near Ben Nevis. It offers fish and chips, as well as pizzas, and has a home delivery service available.
Ben Nevis Self Catering
If you’d rather stock up on supplies and cater for yourself, what better place to do it than in a campervan. Hiring a campervan or motorhome gives you the freedom to cook and store your own meals on the go, ensuring you have the right sustenance for your mountain adventure.
A Final Word on Mountain Safety
Ben Nevis is the UK’s tallest mountain, yet the difficulty of its ascent is often under-estimated. The climb is long and arduous, the weather conditions changeable and visibility often poor – so always be prepared. Visit Scotland has expert advice on how to climb Ben Nevis safely which we would implore you to read before planning your journey.
Hiring a Campervan to Climb Ben Nevis
If you’d like to find out more about hiring a campervan to climb Ben Nevis, please contact Roseisle Luxury Campervan Hire, the home of 5-star luxury campervan and motorhome hire in Scotland. Our expert team would be delighted to help you plan your adventure >>
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Source: Visit Scotland
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