More than 4400 feet high, Ben Nevis is Britain’s tallest mountain and, at 2000 feet long and over 2 miles wide, its north face could well be the most impressive mountain face in the British Isles. The mountain holds snow into the early summer and its height helps to offer you some of the most reliable winter climbing conditions in Scotland. Classic climbs on the mountain include the committing Long Climb, the three Great Ridges (Tower Ridge, North-East Buttress and Observatory Ridge) and the the quintessential ice climb, Point Five Gully. If you are a hill walker looking for an exciting and atmospheric route to the summit, the Carn Mor Dearg Arete gives a wonderful day out with stunning views.
To the east of Ben Nevis, you will find more winter climbing on the high cliffs of Aonach Mor and Aonach Beag. In contrast to the long and arduous approach to the north face of ‘The Ben’, these mountains have been fitted with a convenient skiers’ gondola that will take you way above 2000 feet before your legs have to go to work. Further east are the remote peaks of the Grey Corries, where you can wander for days without seeing a soul. To the south of the mountain is a beautiful range of hills and summits called the Mamores, home to the classic hill walking horseshoe The Ring of Steall and its exciting traverse of the Devil’s Ridge, between the peaks of Sgorr an Lubhair and Sgurr a’ Mhaim.