On Top Of The World...Or At Least The British Isles
During a road trip with friends through Scotland, we decided to experience our surroundings from the top of the highest peak in the British Isles, Ben Nevis (4,409 feet, 1,344 m). Located near Fort William, the peaks are conveniently close to a number of camp and caravan sites, such as Glen Nevis Caravan and Camping Park, where we stayed. The toilet and shower facilities were clean and provided warm water (something a novice camper like myself greatly appreciated). There is also a charming pub within walking distance from the camp, where we stopped to watch one of the World Cup 2010 games. The campsite also has a small store, which offers souvenirs, as well as hiking gear and snacks.
The hike itself took my team eight hours, five hours up, three hours down. Along the way there are some incredible sights, such as the trickling waterfall we had to hop across, and they only get better the higher you climb. At the very top is a tall cairn, where hikers have their picture taken, curtsey of other hikers equally excited to have reached the top.
If you are traveling in the Scottish Highlands, and desire to see the area from a different perspective, Ben Nevis offers a unique and rewarding option.