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For the vast majority of people looking to climb Ben Nevis, the Ben Nevis Visitor Centre marks the starting point of their journey to the summit. The visitor centre contains a lot of information and useful resources for climbing up the mountain. Touch screens, quizzes and short films are made available at no cost, to give you some information about the mountain you’re about to climb. One of the more important reasons to visit the centre, is to check the weather, as this is provided inside. The weather on Ben Nevis can vary drastically, so it’s vital that you check…

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Scaling Ben Nevis while fully kitted out in the best hiking gear, can be a hard feat on its own. Yet, veteran fundraiser Lloyd Scott decided that donning a deep sea diving suit would be a great challenge to take on and climb Ben Nevis in.

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The below is a transcript of the video above. In the highlands of Scotland, it was race day last week. In the wake of the English Channel’s big swim came the Scottish mountains big climb. Ben Nevis, the highest peak of them all, was the target once again for a group of runners. 21 men had entered for a race that qualifies as Britain’s toughest race on foot. For everyone who completed it, there was to be a prize with a bottle of whiskey for the last man home. And on the firing of the starter’s gun, they set out…

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Seeing large groups of people trekking their way up to the summit of Ben Nevis isn’t an unusual sight. 13 people carrying a large and heavy load covered up on a stretcher, however, is not as common. These 13 people were seen carrying a 5ft sculpture up to the summon as part of a charity fundraising event. The team of volunteers departed bright and early at 9:30am for the daunting task of carrying the statue to the summit. Luckily, the weather was on their side and bright skies helped keep the motivation up. Once they reached the peak, they were…

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Grabbing the keys for a Ford Fiesta and considering a drive over the top of the rocky Ben Nevis is not something that slips into the mind of most people. Back in May 1911, the car manufacturer Ford decided that doing this, would be a great publicity stunt and would help sell them a lot of cars! The ‘Model T’ shown driving over the mountain, was a stunt by Ford to try and prove that this mass produced American car was far better, capable and superior than British made vehicles. Ford successfully managed the strange but interesting feat. It only…

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There are some that will tell you that the distilling of Scotch Whisky is purely a matter of science. That as long as you mix the proper amounts of water, barley and yeast together then you will always come out with the same results. Those who cherish the nectar of the gods though know this is just so much naff. True, the basic ingredients of all Scotches are barley, water and yeast but that is like saying all cakes are alike because they contain milk, flour, eggs and oil. No, every Scotch has its own unique flavours because every distillery…

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The Ben Nevis Race started all the way back in 1937. On the first Saturday of September, up to 600 participants compete, starting with a race roster based on a first-come, first-serve basis. The event begins and ends at the Claggan Park football field outside Fort William, and successful finishers complete 16 kilometres (9.9 miles)–with 1,340 metres (4,400 ft) of ascent. Record Holders Race records were set in 1984, when Pauline Howard and Kenny Stuart of the Keswick Athletics Club sped through the course at times of 1:43:25 and 1:25:34, respectively. These long-standing record lay ripe for the taking. Entry…

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We often have people contact us with general questions they need answering. We’ve compiled some of the most popular questions and answered them. If you have any questions that weren’t answered from reading over our website, or if your questions aren’t answered in the FAQ below, please contact us. How long will it take me to climb Ben Nevis? This is dependent on your fitness levels. As a rough guide we state the average person climbing via the mountain track, can do the climb in roughly 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 hours, during the summer months. It will vary though…

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