Scottish Highlands: Ben Nevis

After a busy few days in Edinburgh, Ryan and I continued our road trip and headed into the Scottish highlands.

Our first stop was the Famous Grouse distillery which unfortunately wasn’t open for another hour when we arrived! 🙁 But we took some photos and made a note to go back again at some point. In fact there are many things we want to go back and do in the Highlands.

We headed west towards Fort William and stopped off at a lovely cafe / hostel for breakfast on the way. Check out the stunning views we enjoyed while tucking into to our food. 😍

It was a very long drive up to Fort William but the scenery was beautiful! I tried to snap as many photos as I could while we drove up there, remember when I said I got better at taking photos in a moving car. 😉

1st attempt

2nd attempt

We stopped along the way to take photos at the falls of Kilnmorn before arriving at the Ben Nevis visitors centre. A lot later than expected and greeted by torrential rain which put a damper on our plans to hike up the mountain.

When Ryan and I hiked up our first mountain earlier this year – Sugar Loaf – I never dreamed that our second mountain hike attempt would the UK’s largest! But here we are; sadly due to the weather conditions it was dangerous and we only hiked up for an hour! 🙁

I was grateful for the hiking gear we brought with us! Especially the two base layers sent to us by Sub Zero * before our trip. They kept us warm and dry as we hiked up part of Ben Nevis.

The colours we had were orange (Ryan) and black (mine), the for wasn’t great, but the quality was superb. We were toasty wearing them. Regarding the fit, Ryan’s was a little tight and mine was baggy in the arms and very long(!).

The views from Ben Necis were stunning! When the rain and wind got too much we headed back down and had a picnic in the car. 🙂 Our intention was to have the picnic atop Ben Nevis but there’s always next time.

Bellies filled, we headed to our accommodation for the night. Glamping pods in Kinlochleven. They promised a mountain view from the pods and we were not disappointed.

Stunning! I think the Scottish highlands may be the most beautiful part of Great Britain I’ve ever visited.

Kinlochleven is a small village with local amenities (two pubs, a corner shop and a chopped, as well as a ski centre!).

There were hiking maps in the hostel next door and we found a short hike to the top of a waterfall which we decided to try. The weather was still pouring down so we changed into our second base layer and headed towards the waterfall.

I’d definitely recommend the glamping pods and hope I get to stay in them again soon. We’re more than likely taking another Scottish road trip for my big 3-0 next year.

Keep an eye our for the next part of journey : Nessie hunting on Loch Ness.
* I was sent two base layers for our trip to Ben Nevis but all opinions and love of hiking in the rain 😉 are my own.


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  • Karin

    December 21, 2017 at 14:00

    I visited Edinburgh and the Scottish Highlands a couple of years ago. We went up to Fort Augustus and stopped at the Commando Memorial on the way, so I’ve seen Ben Nevis, but only from a distance. Pity you had such bad weather, but still cool that you actually got to climb some of it! Everything looks beautiful, even in the rain! 😀
    I’m dying to go back to Scotland and explore the Highlands more. Would love to go on a hiking trip and climb just about every single mountain there 🙂

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