Welcome to ?Ben Nevis? the highest mountain in the British Isles, located at the western end of the Grampian Mountains in the Lochaber area of the enchanting Scottish Highlands! I decided to finally take a trip out of the city and escape the fast paced life in Glasgow in exchange for a mini holiday surrounded by the famous Scottish highlands! OK…so as an American, typically I was waiting for my dream stereo type of rugged, full bearded bag pipers passionately piping out “Scotland the Brave” on the peaks of Scottish mountains with their kilts blowing through the breeze; this did not take place but I was stunned by more than I bargained for! This trip was for the super nature lover in me and really allowed me to see the true beauty of Scotland outside of the busy British cities I was so familiar living in. Once we arrived to fort William, we decided to take the famous train ride on the The Jacobite! (ake the real Hogwarts express) through the highlands with glorious views of Ben Nevis & the awesome Glenfinnan viaduct.
?? The summit, which is the collapsed dome of an ancient volcano stands at 1,344m (4,409 ft) high was stunning! It was the start of winter so I did not get to hike the mountain on this trip but I did get a few tips from local climbers for anyone who may be interested. ? I was told it is estimated that more than 150,000 people climb ‘The Ben’ each year. The Mountain Track is around 16km (start to finish) so you should plan to take about 8 hours for an ascent of the Ben, depending on how fit you are as it’s a long slog! ??? This trip also brought out the cheeky whiskey lover in me as well! You can’t just head up to the Scottish highlands without getting your whiskey buzz on, come on! If you are feeling up for a nice drink of Scottish whiskey from one of the oldest licensed distilleries in Scotland post hike, The Ben Nevis Distillery is a single malt whiskey distillery at the foot of the mountain! ?? Fun fact: the water used to make the whiskey comes from the Allt a’ Mhuilinn, the stream that flows from Ben Nevis’ northern corrie! So you can take a piece of “The Ben” home after your hike! ???❤️