A strenuous, but spectacular long weekend hiking in the historic and majestic Glencoe to climb to the summit of Ben Nevis and explore the surrounding area.
The Hostel is a wonderful old building which has been modernised throughout and now offers 4 bedrooms which sleep up to 24 guests. The building itself dates back several centuries and is built in traditional crofting farmhouse style. The outlook from around the hostel is magnificent with sweeping views of the glen.
We are close to the famous Clachaig Inn where you can pop in for a drink or listen to live music. All meals will be provided, accommodation and guiding are also included and there is an optional pickup from Glasgow airport.
The area is famous for its rugged mountain landscapes, stunning sea lochs and beautiful glens and Glencoe is at the centre of this region and offers some of the most spectacular views, walks and landscapes in the UK.
We will be staying at the Glencoe Independent Hostel, which is in the heart of Glencoe and surrounded with spectacular scenery and is just a short walk from the Clachaig Inn.
The highlight of our long weekend will be a hike to the summit of Ben Nevis, but we will also take in other mountain walks around Glencoe.
Glencoe really is one of the most iconic and memorable places you’ll visit in Scotland and whilst you are here we will fully explore the mountains, glens, forests and waterfalls – it’s a wonderful playground for those who love the great outdoors! We are quite likely to come across some wildlife during our stay too, as its often possible to see roe and red deer in the grounds as well as pine martens, buzzards and many other birds.
So join us for a great long weekend of hiking in the area around Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain.
Just a few reviews from a previous Ben Nevis Weekend:
“Thank you all, with extra special thanks to both Yen and Kevin, for such a brilliant weekend away – not just a weekend of hiking but of good food and company xx ” – JH
“Thanks for an amazing weekend! Great to meet you all :)” – MH
“Best weekend! Thanks so much everyone xxx” – TA
“Thanks Kevin. It was a fantastic weekend. Lovely people, great company and we were very lucky with the weather which was an unexpected bonus.” – TF
You can also read the Blog write up of a previous trip here:
Website Blog update on previous trip (https://www.mountainhikes.co.uk/climb-ben-nevis/)
The Hostel is a wonderful old building which has been modernised throughout and now offers 4 bedrooms which sleep up to 24 guests. Our maximum group size for this trip will be 20.
The building itself dates back several centuries and is built in traditional crofting farmhouse style. The outlook from around the hostel is magnificent with sweeping views of the glen.
The hostel provides warm comfy beds with all bed linen provided and there is heating in all bedrooms as well as a welcoming open log fire in the cosy lounge. There are hot showers, as well as a well equipped kitchen, separate dining room and a fantastic drying room with commercial de-humidifier.
There is no need to be separated from the world of work and friends at home (unless you want to be!) as there is a metered internet terminal available for use and free wi-fi in reception.
The walking for this weekend is graded hard and therefore you need to have a good level of fitness and experience of hill and mountain walking in order to make the most of this weekend.
We will aim to hike to the summit of Ben Nevis on the Sunday but we will be keeping an eye on the weather forecast so may decide to move the days around depending on how this is looking. We will arrange a group pickup from the hostel to the base of Ben Nevis where we will take the direct route to the summit. The summit is at 1344m and as we start virtually at sea level the route takes us up the full 1344m of ascent in order to reach the top.
To climb Ben Nevis, the main path breaks into three main sections. The first part of the climb heads up from Glen Nevis and tracks above the Glen for a while before veering left and up above the Red Burn towards the Lochan Meall an t-Suidhe. This gives a convenient place for a break and re-group and check up on how everyone is coping.
The second section is the famous zig-zags. Here the trail switches back and forth as it climbs the western flank of the mountain. Its a good trail and goes up at a steady gradient and so we stop at several points on the way up.
Once we reach the top of the zig zags, the final stage of the climb begins. The path flattens out a bit and takes a more direct route towards the summit over a large boulder field.
The track is well used and is not a technically difficult walk but it is steep and will take a full day of 7-9 hours to complete.
On Saturday (our first days hiking) we will hike to the summit of the Pap of Glencoe.
This is a great local hike, with some steep sections, but it is about half the height of Ben Nevis. So it is an ideal training day out, to get your mountain legs moving, check your gear and enjoy some great scenery all at the same time. It is quite a rocky summit, with a little bit of Scrambling, but the views from the top are magnificent.
We get views of the full length of Loch Leven and out to sea and we can even get a view of the summit of Ben Nevis.
On Monday, we still have time for a good half day walk. For those feeling fit there will be the option to hike up the Lost Valley from Glencoe. This walk gives superb views of the main Glen, but is also a great hike up a narrow ravine following a tumbling river. At the top the valley opens out into a magnificent view of the Lost valley surrounding by steep cliffs and high mountains.
There will also be a less strenuous option to do a lovely scenic walk to the village of Glencoe and the Loch, through woodland and beside lochans (small lake).
1) Depending on numbers, we will have two hike leaders each day
2) If the weather looks more favourable for hiking Ben Nevis on Saturday, then we may switch around the Pap of Glencoe and Ben Nevis hikes.
Costs and Bookings
Total cost for the weekend £235
plus optional £50 return transfer from Glasgow airport to Glencoe (must be booked and paid in advance, only 16 spaces available)
Small group size : 20
To book, RSVP now and pay your deposit of £75 by clicking on the link below to confirm your place.
The balance will be due 8 weeks before the meetup date, and you should arrange a bank transfer for this.
Bank details are below :
Bank Account Mountain Hikes
(please quote ‘Aug Ben Nevis’ plus your name)
Your place is only confirmed once full payment is received.
Please note that the deposit is non-refundable.
If we cancel or reschedule the meetup, refunds will be made.
If a member cancels in advance of the meetup, a refund will only be made if the place is re-filled.
We pre-book and pay for all of the accommodation months in advance, so appreciate prompt payment of the deposit and balance.
Our full terms and conditions can be found here :
Guided walks on all days, all meals, breakfast, packed lunch and dinner on all days and accommodation in private bunk rooms. Local transport on Ben Nevis day
Does not include:
Travel to Scotland, optional airport transfer
Planned Schedule for the weekend
18:30 pick up from Glasgow Airport
20:30 arrive at Glencoe Hostel
21:00 dinner at the hostel
8:00 – 9:00 breakfast
9:30 depart for walk(Pap of Glencoe)
14:00 return from walk, tea and cake available
The afternoon is free to relax/rest or visit the Clachaig pub before our Ben Nevis day tomorrow
7:30 – 8:30 breakfast
8:30 transport to Fort William for Ben Nevis
17:30 transport back to Hostel
7:30 – 8:30 breakfast
9:30 depart for day walk (two options)
14:00 return from day walk
14:30 Depart for Glasgow Airport
You are free to make whatever travel arrangements you wish in order to arrive at the hostel, or meet with the group transfer from Glasgow airport.
We will arrange a group pick-up and return from Glasgow airport at 18:30, direct to the hostel for £50 each. It is about a 2hr journey, so we can only do one pick-up and we only have 16 spaces available for the transfer.
Also, Virgin trains operate a service direct to Glasgow where you can then transfer to the airport for pick up. It is also possible to get an onward train or coach to Glencoe where you could then walk to the hostel.
On Monday the return group transfer leaves the hostel at 14:30 approx with a view to getting to Glasgow airport at approx 18:00.
The return traffic on Bank Holiday Monday can be very busy. We therefore make sure we leave plenty of time for the transfer to catch the return flight back. Please do not book a flight at an earlier time than recommended as you may risk missing your flight.
Clothing and Boots
The weekend will include all day walks in potentially wet conditions, so as a bare minimum, please ensure you have the following items :
- waterproof boots
- waterproof jacket
- waterproof trousers
A few more reviews from previous Glencoe and Ben Nevis Weekend
“Thanks for a wonderful weekend all! Truly amazing walks, incredible weather, and fantastic company. I haven’t laughed so much in ages. Thanks Kevin and Yen for a super time.”
“Ben Nevis was wonderful including the other stunning hikes and nice people. I just loved the weekend, thank you both Kevin and Yen!”