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Besuchermagnet Ben Nevis

Der Ben Nevis, von den Einwohnern des Gebietes um Fort William im westlichen schottischen Hochland einfach nur „Ben“ genannt, ist mit 1344 Metern der höchste Berg der Britischen Inseln. Dieses Gebirgsmassiv ...

Der Ben Nevis, von den Einwohnern des Gebietes um Fort William im westlichen schottischen Hochland einfach nur „Ben“ genannt, ist mit 1344 Metern der höchste Berg der Britischen Inseln.
Dieses Gebirgsmassiv ist im wahrsten Sinne des Wortes ein Besuchermagnet. Es hält für jeden seiner Besucher etwas Besonderes bereit. So können hier geologisch interessierte Leute sehr alte Gesteine aus der Zeit der Kaledonischen Gebirgsfaltung finden. Das Ben-Nevis-Massiv war einst ein Gebiet großer vulkanischer Aktivität. Deshalb stehen dort eine Menge Erguss- und metamorphe Gesteine an.
Biologisch interessierte Besucher hingegen können in den einzelnen Höhenstufen des Gebirgsmassivs selten gewordene Tier- und Pflanzenartenentdecken. So können sie im Verlaufe der verschiedenen Jahreszeiten solche Vogelarten wie den Wiesenpieper, den Steinschmätzer, die Ringdrossel, das Schwarzkehlchen und manchmal auch das Schneehuhn sichten. Auch kleine Eidechsen sind dort beheimatet. Dieser Naturraum ist auch reich an weniger bekannten subalpinen Gebirgspflanzen. Es sind vor allem verschiedene Arten von Steinbrechgewächsen. In der unbewaldeten Zone des Bergplateaus gibt es seltene Flechten und Moose, die auf Felsgeröll und Steinschutt wachsen.
Besucher, die sich speziell für Meteorologie interessieren, haben die Möglichkeit, spezifische Wetterphänomene zu studieren und vielleicht auch interessante Temperaturmessungen durchzuführen.
Laufsportler können jährlich am ersten Wochenende des Monats September im Ben-Nevis-Lauf ihre Kondition und ihr Können testen.
Geübten Wanderern in einem guten Gesundheitszustand eröffnet sich die Möglichkeit, auf einem Fußpfad in einer Halbtagestour zum Ben-Nevis-Plateau aufzusteigen.
Kletterer finden besonders an der Nordwand des Berges tolleKletterrouten, die es sich lohnt, einmal auszuprobieren. Besondere „Leckerbissen“ hält der Berg auch für Eisklettererbereit.
Der „große“ Ben im Land der anderen kleineren Bens weist einfach eine atemberaubende Landschaft auf. Auf seinem Gipfelplateau stehend, hat man bei schönem Wetter herrliche Ausblicke in Richtung des Glencoe, des Great Glen („Großes Tal“), tief hinunter zum Loch Linnhe und dem Loch Eil.
Das sind Eindrücke, die die Besucher in ihrem Leben nie wieder vergessen werden. Das Ben-Nevis-Gebirgsmassiv ist deshalb
von immer größer werdendem Interesse bei jung und alt. Das trifft auch auf Besucher zu, die sich für das Fotografieren und die Malerei interessieren. Hier gibt es tausende von wunderbaren Motiven, die einfach darauf warten, eingefangen zu werden.
Das Ben-Nevis-Massiv ist aber auch ein Naturreservat, an dem gegenwärtig beispielhaft demonstriert wird wie Naturresourcenumweltfreundlich genutztwerden können. Das betrifft besonders auf die Ressource „Wasser“ zu. In diesem Zusammenhang haben die Besucher auch die Möglichkeit, den Weg der Ben-Wasser bis zum „Lebenselixier Whisky“zu verfolgen und in der Whisky-Brennerei des Ortes einen „Dram“ des guten Dew of Ben selbst zu nehmen.
Apropos Wasser. Der Ben ist an seiner Westseite auch von Seen umgeben.(Loch Linnhe und Loch Eil). Nördlich vom Berg fließt der Lochy-Fluss. Parrallel zu letzterem erstreckt der berühmte Kaledonische Kanal.
All das ist auch ein ideales Gebiet für den Wassersport, insbesondere Segeln. Außerdem können die Besucher hier auch schöne Bootsfahrten unternehmen.
Übrigens die Winter im Ben-Nevis-Areal und in der Nevis-Range-Bergkette sind meistens schneereich. Das am besten ausgebaute Skigebiet ist dabei die Nevis Range. Eine Kabinenseilbahn bringt die Besucher in ein herrliches Skigebiet, hinauf auf 600 Meter Höhe.
Eine Kurzreise, ein längerer Urlaubsaufenthalt oder auch eine Studienreise würde dem Besucher die Möglichkeit eröffnen, die hier aufgezeigten zahlreichen Facetten des Gebirgsmassivs noch besser zu erschließen. Das könnte sehr lehrreich, ja aber auch erholend sein. Fort William bietet mit seinem Ben-Nevis-Gebiet ausreichend Möglichkeiten der geistigen und körperlichen Betätigung und Entspannung. Es hat dafür übrigens auch das richtige Reizklima.
Hier noch einige nützliche Links für Ihre weitere Urlaubsplanung oder Ihre Studienreise nach Fort William:
Anreise von Deutschland:
Empfehlenswerte billige Unterkunft:
Woodside B&B:
Selbstversorger- Unterkunft „Cedar Lodge“:
Weitere Urlaubsattraktivitäten in Fort William:

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Atlas Mountaineering | Ben Nevis Mountain Guide
Come join us at Atlas Mountaineering for a special experience on the UK's highest mountain. Being based in Fort William, the Outdoor Capital of the UK, at the foot of Ben Nevis, we are available on short notice for private or group mountain guiding and have great knowledge of the mountain its self. Atlas Mountaineering is now accredited by Visit Scotland and the Scottish tourism board as a four star activity provider! 5 Stars on TripAdvisor! Climb Ben Nevis now for only £69.00  PRIVATE VIA FERRATA GUIDING. BRAND NEW TO SCOTLAND AND BY FAR THE UK’S BEST VIA FERRATA.  TRIPS STARTING JUNE 2014!  BOOK NOW TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT! THIS WINTER! Ben Nevis trips, Winter skills training, Ice climbing and Winter walking! No experience needed! Whilst making a mountain out of a molehill is acceptable behaviour if you’re a bit of a drama queen, we can’t help but think it was a waste of time to bring our walking boots.Go bigger with the UK’s biggest mountain, Ben Nevis, and enjoy a guided tour with Atlas Mountaineering for only £69.00 Vital information• Guided tours of Ben Nevis and the surrounding area  • Private and public tours available • Rated 5 stars on Trip Advisor • Rated  4 stars by Visit Scotland • UK’s highest mountain • Suitable for ages 8+ Expert guides Even before you arrive, Atlas Mountaineering’s guides will be providing handy information by letting you know exactly what clothing and kit you should be bringing on the day. Once you arrive, you and your group will get ready to tackle the mountain. The guides know every twist and turn of Ben Nevis and have scooped a 5 star Trip Advisor rating as well as being rated 4 stars by the Scottish Tourist Board. Ben Nevis The UK’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis, stands at 1,344 metres above sea level at the western end of the Grampian mountains. As you climb, you’ll take in the stunning scenery of the peaks and greenery around you, along with bursts of Scottish heather. Suitable for kids from age 8, today’s deal is the perfect family adventure. Loved by Trip Advisor "Thank goodness we had a guide and Atlas Mountaineering to tell us to hire all the right equipment, otherwise we would have had to turn back and not reach the summit like so many other people had to do.” "Atlas and Connor provided an excellent organised trip with a top guide for the day in Rich …he was patient / informative / educational / humorous and allowed us all to enjoy a very challenging but rewarding day." "We had a brilliant time with Connor and Hannah, learning about how to be safe in the hills in winter. We learnt about winter navigation, route planning, basic Avalanche awareness, crampons and ice axes, along with getting some great hiking in! We will definitely be back and can't recommend Connor and Hannah enough as guides!" Walking the Wild Side  A very special way to see what Lochaber has to offer. One of our most popular experiences is our day and a half walk from Glen Nevis. We will set off at around 3pm and walk through the Steall Meadows and catch a glimpse of the famous Steall falls, from here we will walk up into the watershed of Ben Nevis and camp for the evening. As you watch the sun set around the surrounding mountains and wilderness you will begin to experience one of the UK’s true dark zones, this means that there is no light pollution! The stars are truly amazing here and it is not uncommon to see the odd shooting star, meteor shower or the aurora borealis. You don’t need to worry about dinner as it’s included in the price and we will fill you full of hot chocolate as you get ready to settle in for the most peaceful night’s sleep you will ever have. In the morning we will wake up, eat some breakfast and break camp. From there we will walk up on to the summit of Carn Mor Dearg our first Munro of the day and on to the Carn Mor Dearg arête. This arête is described by Walk Highlands as “the finest way to see Ben Nevis” and they are not wrong, the spectacular arête gives fine airy views of the 600m north face and it is not unusual to not see a soul until we reach the summit of Ben Nevis. It truly is the wild side! Once we have climbed Ben Nevis we will walk down to the Ben Nevis Inn and relax for the rest of the afternoon while you can look back on what we have managed over the past two days.  Rock Climbing this Summer Haven't tried it before, but always fancied it?  We run private rock climbing guiding for all abilities, only in small groups, perfect if you haven't tried before.  If you are looking at something more mountainous, how about the infamous Tower Ridge or some more classic rock climbing in Glen Coe? 
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Lochaber Guides
At Lochaber Guides we pride ourselves in offering our clients a unique and unforgettable experience in the Scottish Mountains. From meeting you at the start of your trip to taking the final few steps, our highly experienced, professional and qualified guides will be there to look after you and give you a trip to remember! We specialise in guided ascents of Ben Nevis: For those wishing to take a walking route to the summit, we can guide you on the Mountain Track or the more challenging but spectacular Carn Mor Dearg Arete. We also offer guiding on some of the classic mountaineering/scrambling routes on Ben Nevis such as Ledge Route and the outstanding Tower Ridge ! For those wishing to do some rock climbing on the UK’s highest mountain, North East Buttress  and Observatory Ridge are fantastic routes to the summit. In nearby Glencoe, the spiritual home of Scottish Mountaineering, we can offer guiding on some of the areas classic scrambles such as Curved Ridge on Buachaille Etive Mor or the (in)famous Aonach Eagach Ridge! As well as these technical routes, we can guide you on walks in Glencoe to suit all levels of experience. We run courses in Hill skills, for those taking their first steps into the hills, as well as courses in scrambling, for the walkers who wish to become mountaineers! We also offer courses in Rock Climbing for all levels, ranging form beginners, to those wishing to lead multi-pitch climbs.   Further afield, we can guide you on the mighty Cuillin Ridge on Skye with days ranging from bagging the Munros, some classic scrambles or the full Cuillin Ridge Traverse. Winter We offer a full range of winter courses, from Winter Walking to Winter Mountaineering and Winter Climbing. -Guided Ice and Winter Climbing and well as instructed courses -The popular Ben Nevis in Winter trip -Guided Munro walking -Winter Skills Courses- 1 day or 2 day or tailor made -Ben Nevis Winter Weekend- a day of skills followed by a day climbing the UK's Highest Peak in Winter! Lochaber Guides is run by Dave Anderson. Dave holds the WMCI (Winter Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor) Mountain Training UK's highest qualification. More importantly though, he is super friendly and has a true passion for the mountains and his enthusiasm shines through. Whether you are new to the mountains or experienced we are here to help you fulfil your goals in a safe, friendly and professional way. Adventure Awaits... www.lochaber-guides.co.uk     
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River to Sea Scotland
Guided canoe & kayak journeys (and hire) in the Scottish Highlands. There’s a reason the West Coast of Scotland is one of the best paddling destinations in the world.  We have beautiful white sandy beaches, crystal clear waters and picturesque islands; all with an abundance of wildlife and set in a landscape of mountains and forests. River to sea Scotland offers a great choice of guided paddling journeys, with families, groups and individuals all welcome.  All trips are exclusive to you and your party (no mixed bookings) and are tailored according to your experience.  Day Trips Our canoe trips range from exploring the mountain fringed lochs and coast, to tackling white water rapids.  With sea kayaks we can share the water with a variety of marine life including seals & porpoises. Or for thrill seekers, take on our ‘Ultimate White-Water Experience’ with our inflatable river kayaks.  Expeditions Planning and executing an overnight paddle trip can feel daunting.  In reality, if you book with us, there are only a few simple steps standing between you and a memorable journey through breath-taking scenery, which we can make as relaxing or as wild as you like.  With morning coffee on an island shores and evenings filled with campfires and stars, we guarantee if it’s your first paddle expedition, it will not be your last.  We work with you to plan the perfect exclusive itinerary and advise you every step of the way.  Canoe & Sea Kayak Hire For those that can already paddle, we have a fleet of canoes and sea kayaks available for hire, with all the associated kit.  We can help you with your planning so talk to us about your ideas and we will help you create an itinerary that meets your needs.  We want you to make the most of your hire time, so we will take care of the logistics for you.  We will meet you at the your start location with all your hired kit, and pick it up at the journey’s end, eager to hear your stories.  Make it and adventure, from River to Sea. Find out more here.
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Active Highs
Ranked as the No. 1 outdoor activity attraction in our area on Tripadvisor in 2015, Our staff ensure that your activity is a fun and memorable holiday experience that you and your family will remember for life! We are based in the heart of the Great Glen on Loch Oich and the Caledonian Canal in between Fort William and Fort Augustus. Active Highs is a modern Outdoor Activity and Adventure Company with a team of friendly and highly professional instructors and guides that love what they do! White Water Rafting On The River Garry - Grade 3& 4 Dam Release Water, March to October! Our white water rafting trips on the River Garry are the best guaranteed white water rafting in the U.K. due to the weekly releases of water from the dam when all other rivers can be low or even dry. The River Garry offers grade 3 & 4 white water which is suitable for first time rafters, families and also seasoned adventure lovers, Age 8 +. Book Online Here River Rafting Safari Trips £45 pp A fun way to enjoy a river journey for those with younger children or anyone looking for a more gentle introduction to rafting. We normally raft the River Oich on this trip which takes us on a 5 mile journey over half a day taking in the scenery and finishing in Loch Ness at Fort Augustus. Book Online Here  White Water Funyakking £50 pp Experience the rapids in a more up close and personal way in our 2 man inflatable funyaks! Navigate the river and negotiate the rapids with your partner under instruction form your river guide - Book Online Here  Half Day Canyoning Trips From £55 pp Canyoning is a fast growing adventure sport that involves jumping from rocks and cliffs, sliding down natural water flumes and abseiling over waterfalls. If you are looking for a real adventure and something different then canyoning is for you! Active Highs have canyoning trips that are suitable for people with no experience or seasoned canyoneers. We have a range of trips available and all equipment is provided including wetsuits and all safety equipment. Age 12+ Book Online Here Gorge Walking Adventures £45 pp A step down from canyoning but equally as fun, gorge walking involves scrambling up and down small waterfalls, wading and swimming through the gorge, exploring the water course and river bed with the option of some smaller jumps into deep pools. A great activity for families and groups, Age 8+ Book Online Here Canoe Trips From £30pp Being based on Loch Oich which is part of the Caledonian Canal system, we have access to some of the most spectacular pieces of water in the UK! We have a great range of canoe trips available that are suitable for anyone from beginners looking to try out canoeing to experts looking to challenge themselves on water or traverse the Great Glen. Check out our trips here! Kayak Trips From £30 pp At Active Highs we have over 25 years of kayaking experience and can offer anything from fun come and try it sessions on the loch to full day sea kayak trips or introduction to white water and river trips. We have a fleet of general purpose and white water kayaks as well as a fleet of specialist touring and sea kayaks. 
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