Walking up the Ben Nevis Foopath
If you are planning to walk up Ben Nevis in Fort William, Scotland, this page may be of interest as it has lots of stuff about the mountain footpath.
The mountain footpath from Achintee is the most frequented route with hundreds of walkers climbing to the top every year. You should allow four hours up and three hours down for an average trip. One alternative is to hire the services of a professional mountain guide, who will provide an excellent guided walk up Ben Nevis either as a private party, or as part of a small group sharing the mountain guide's services. The track slants up along the side of Meall an t-Suidhe before reaching the Red Burn - a major feature on the slopes of the mountain. Beyond the Red Burn, the path climbs in a series of long winding zig-zags before reaching the summit plateau. The mountain track has been used to reach the summit of 'The Ben' in a variety of ways. The first ascent by a motor car was made in 1911. This was a publicity stunt to promote the Model T Ford. The ascent took several days and involved the use of planks and ropes. The mountain track was followed from about half-way up. The second car ascent in 1928 was completed in one day and there have been numerous other motorised ascents over the years. Other items which have been taken to the top are wheelbarrows and a piano. On the plateau the route becomes less distinct as the path makes its way across a sea of stones and boulders. The rocks on the lower slopes of the mountain are mainly granites and schists while the top section is composed of Andesite and other volcanic lavas. On a clear day the views across to Glen Coe are stunning:- Beinn a' Bheithir, Bidean nam Bian (the highest peak in Argyll) and the famous notched ridge of the Aonach Eagach.
If you are not too confident on the mountains, and would enjoy the experience of a guided walk up Ben Nevis, please get in touch with one of our Ben Nevis Mountain Guides.