In Gaelic the mountain’s name, Beinn Nibheis, has been associated with Gaelic words meaning poisonous or terrible, suggesting a fairly ominous character. Britain’s highest mountain Ben Nevis or the ‘Ben’ sits regally at the head of Loch Linnhe dominating the landscape from some parts of Lochaber and from all corners of Fort William.
Ben Nevis begins its rise from sea-level on the shores of Loch Linnhe, to tower 4,406ft (1,344m) above the town of Fort William, providing an almost protective presence. The river and glen running past the mountain both carry the name ‘Nevis’, as does the remote sea loch at Knoydart, 40 miles to the west.
The type of weather can be considered similar to Arctic regions. While there may be a welcoming sea breeze on the shores of Loch Linnhe, 20-30 knots of chilling wind may be experienced on the summit of the mountain.
Many find weather conditions changing usually for the worst, within minutes as they work their way up the mountain. Inexperienced walkers or climbers should be warned of the difficulties they will encounter.