4 out of 5 Dreamers recommend DBLL
At 1, 344 metres (4,409 feet) Ben Nevis is the tallest mountain in all of Scotland. It apparently also has the most people carried or lifted off of it every year as well. I found that last fact out after I hobbled my way back down, battered but triumphant.
Ben Nevis is situated near the beautiful outdoor adventure hot-spot, Fort William. So, in between humbling encounters with one of the U.K.’s big three mountains, you can go mountain biking, skiing, rock climbing, off-roading, white water rafting… pretty much anything your heart can desire and your imagination can make up.
A word of advance warning though: The mountain top extends way above the clouds. While the weather may be warm and mild in the valley, it changes seasons about half-way up the mountain. I only brought a pair of running shoes and a spring jacket. And while I’ve been told that sometimes I have a bit too much confidence in my own abilities (nonesense!), even I was starting to get a little nervous about the never ending line of people coming back from the summit asking “is that all the gear you have?!” When I got back to my hostel and asked the attendant about this, he told me “aww, don’t worry about that, we just thought you were going to die.”
While I’m sure many people die, and even more people get injured, if you don’t die or get injured you’ll be rewarded with a feeling of “I can conquer the world” that is priceless. When you’re in Scotland, make sure you hike Ben Nevis.