Our August 2019, Ben Nevis Hiking Weekend is based at Glencoe in the West Highlands of Scotland for the second May Bank Holiday.
The area is famous for its rugged mountain landscapes, stunning sea lochs and beautiful glens. Glencoe is at the centre of this region and offers some of the most spectacular views, walks and landscapes in the UK.
The highlight of our Ben Nevis Hiking weekend will be a hike to the summit of Ben Nevis, but we will also take in other spectacular mountain walks around Glencoe. We will aim to summit Ben Nevis on the Sunday, and on our first day of hiking on Saturday, aim for a smaller local summit in Glencoe, The Pap. On Monday, the final day of our Ben Nevis Hiking weekend, we will also a more relaxed hike in the Glencoe area.
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.
Ben Nevis Hiking Weekend Hosts
Your hosts for this trip are Rich Pyne and his wife Monika Pyne who together run Rich Mountain Experiences. Rich and Mona live in Kinlochleven close to Glencoe and have plenty of local knowledge as well as many years on the Scottish mountains. Rich is a fully qualified Winter and Summer Mountain Leader and is the founder of the Real 3 Peaks Challenge. You can find out more about Rich and Mona here
Ben Nevis Hiking Weekend Accommodation
Our accommodation for the Ben Nevis Hiking weekend is 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 Hostel is a wonderful old building, 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.
So join us for a great long weekend of hiking in the area around Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain.
Ben Nevis Hiking Weekend 2016 reviews and comments
“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!”
This is the link to our Blog review of the weekend:
Reviews from our May 2017 Ben Nevis Hiking 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
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.
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. 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.
Its always a great relief to reach the summit and we always like to celebrate with a group photo altogether on top of the giant cairn. If its a clear day we can also enjoy the spectacular views of the cliffs on the north face.
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 more relaxed hike in the Glencoe area either to Signal Rock or around the lochans.
If the weather looks more favourable for hiking Ben Nevis on Saturday, then we will switch around the Pap of Glencoe and Ben Nevis hikes.
The Hostel is a wonderful old building which has been modernised throughout and now offers 4 bedrooms which sleep up to 24 guests. The maximum group size for this trip is 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 hostel is well maintained and clean and the rooms are kept warm. The owners are really friendly and always able to offer advice on walks, weather etc.”
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
14:15 return from day walk
14:30 Depart for Glasgow Airport
Total cost for the weekend £210
plus optional £50 return transfer from Glasgow airport to Glencoe (must be booked and paid in advance – there are only 16 spaces available for the transfer)
Small group size : 20
To book, click add to basket, to pay your deposit of £50.
The balance will be due 8 weeks before the start of the weekend, and you should arrange a bank transfer for this.
Bank details are below :
Bank Account Mountain Hikes
Sort Code 40 40 01
Account No 02406950
(please quote ‘AugBenNevis’ plus your name)
Your place is only confirmed once full payment is received.
Guided walks on all days, home cooked 3 course dinner in the hostel on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, breakfast and packed lunch on all days and accommodation in private bunk rooms.
Does not include:
Travel to Scotland, airport transfer
Suggested flight times from London are below. There are also many regional flights to Glasgow, coach and train options to get to Glasgow. 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 at 18:30 on the Friday afternoon.
Note about flight delays:
If your flight is delayed by up to an hour we will hold the airport transfer to the hostel. However, if your flight is delayed for longer than this you will need to make your own arrangements to get to the hostel.
We will then arrange a group pick-up and return from Glasgow airport, 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.
If you are unable, or prefer not to make our group pickup at the airport it is possible to get an onward coach to Glencoe where you could then walk to the hostel.
Ryanair flight from London Stansted to Glasgow
Fri 23/08 depart 16:00 arrive 17:20
Ryanair flight from Glasgow to London Stansted
Mon 26/08 depart 20:50 arrive 22:15
Easyjet flight from London Luton to Glasgow
Fri 23/08 depart 16:00 arrive 17:20
Easyjet flight from Glasgow to London Luton
Mon 26/08 depart 20:50 arrive 22:05
Easyjet flight from London Gatwick to Glasgow
Fri 23/08 depart 16:00 arrive 17:35
Easyjet flight from Glasgow to London Gatwick
Mon 26/08 depart 21:05 arrive 22:35
The return group transfer leaves the hostel on the Monday at 14:30 approx with a view to getting to Glasgow airport at approx 18:00, so the advised earliest flight you can book to depart is 20:30.
Important Note: 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