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Things to do around Ben Nevis

Ben Nevis is likely to leave you with very aching muscles and at first, all you might want to think about is a hot bath!  But there are many other attractions in the area which you should visit while you are in the highlands as the area is steeped in legends and history as well as beautiful scenery. 

Neptune's Staircase
Culloden Moor
Glen Nevis
Castle Urquhart and Loch Ness
Elilean Donan Castle
Fort George
Interior Fort George

Neptune's Staircase

The staircase is a flight of seven locks on the Caledonian Canal built by Thomas Telford.  The building started in 1803 and was completed in 1847. The canal links Loch Ness to Loch Linnhe.  This is a pleasant place to spend some time, especially if there is a boat navigating through the locks.  You can also walk alongside the canal - a gentle flat stroll!

Culloden Moor

The site of the defeat of Bonnie Prince Charlie's army in 1746.  The battlefield itself is on the flat boggy marsh, and is an eerie place full of atmosphere.  See where the armies fought, and be bemused by the choice of ground for the famous battle - one of the many mistakes of the Highlanders.


Drive through Glencoe, and you will feel the oppressive nature of the scenery which lends itself to the story of the famous massacre in 1692.  Here the 'traitors' were to be 'cut off root and branch' with everyone under the age of 70 put to the sword. 

Glen Nevis Walk

This is a much gentler walk along the River Nevis below the Ben itself.  It is very pretty and good to get your legs working again - but perhaps not the day after you've climbed the mountain itself!

Castle Urquhart and Loch Ness

You cannot visit this part of Scotland without spending some time monster spotting on Loch Ness - and what better place to do it than from the castle at Urquhart.  Although the buildings were blown up in 1692 to prevent them being used as a Jacobite stronghold, what's left makes a romantic picture on the banks of this famous loch.

Eilean Donan Castle

By night or by day, Eilean Donan Castle on the banks of Loch Doich on the Road to the Isles is a romantic picture, and one of the most photographed in all of Scotland. 
Fort George

The building of Fort George started after the 1745 Jacobite rebellion and was completed in 1769.  It is an impressive building with nearly a mile of boundary walls, and accommodation for a 1600 strong infantry garrison.  It is a massively impressive place to visit, and history is brought alive here giving a fascinating insight into 18th century military life.

Whether you want more walking in the glorious countryside, visits to historic places of interest, trying to capture a picture of the elusive Nessie in Lochness or taking on the road to the Isles there is something for everyone.  A holiday in the Highlands is to be highly recommended! 

The battlefields of Glencoe and Culloden Moor need to be visited simply for the atmosphere, and the Glen Nevis Walk is a gentle stroll for tired muscles after managing to reach the peak of Ben Nevis.

Fort William is a great base to stay, or simply for a visit.  If you want to do more walking in the beautiful highlands of Scotland then click here for more information about when and where you can walk.

If you are looking for places to stay see our accomodation guide.

Below are some suggestions for places well worth visiting:

Other pages you might like:

Ben Nevis Walk
Hiking Equipment
Fitness levels required
How to get to Ben Nevis
Where to stay
Guided Walks up Ben Nevis
Facts and History
Walking in the Highlands
Walkers' Stories