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Nevis Range Mountain Experience Visitor Guide

Nestled in the heart of the Scottish Highlands, the Nevis Range Mountain Experience offers a stunning backdrop for a plethora of activities that thrill-seekers and nature lovers alike can enjoy. From the adrenaline-pumping mountain bike trails to the serene gondola rides that offer breathtaking panoramic views, this mountain experience is one that encapsulates the raw beauty of Scotland’s rugged landscapes.

Whether you’re looking to conquer the peaks, glide down the slopes, or simply soak in the tranquil beauty of the highlands, the Nevis Range Mountain Experience has something to offer every visitor.

Nevis Range Cable Car
Fort William,
PH33 6SQ
Opening Hours:Summer:
Monday to Sunday 09.30 - 16.30

Weather dependent
Admission Price:Gondola Day Pass:
Adult £24.95
Child £13
Student/Senior £20.75
Parking:Paid on-site car park.
Day Parking- £4.50
Overnight Parking- £15
Contact:+44 (0)1397 705 825
Facilities:Shops, toilets, cafe, restaurant, bike and cycle routes, snow sports tuition


Craig Neil at the Nevis Range

The Nevis Range Mountain Experience provides exhilarating outdoor adventures in one of the most stunning regions of the Highlands. Visitors can explore breathtaking landscapes via gondola rides, mountain biking, or hiking. The year-round destination offers winter sports like skiing and snowboarding as well as summer activities such as hill walking and climbing.

The Nevis Range Mountain Experience, located at the foot of Aonach Mor, is widely regarded as Scotland’s premier adventure destination – a claim you’ll likely find yourself agreeing with once you visit the centre. While most people associate Ben Nevis with winter skiing and snowboarding, there are lots of other activities to get involved with throughout the year and you’ll have no trouble finding something to do whether you’re a seasoned skier or a novice rambler.

The centre offers a starting point for some of the best downhill mountain bike trails in the country for beginners and advanced riders alike, and there are enough graded routes down Aonach Mor that you’ll be able to find a challenge whatever your skill level. In fact, the mountain biking is so good at the Nevis Range that the UCI MTB World Cup has been held there since 2002, an event that attracts the top riders from all over the world.

In addition to the first-rate mountain biking trails, the Nevis Range Experience Centre operates an aerial adventure obstacle course at the edge of the nearby Leanachan forest. On the course, kids and adults can brave tree swings, balance ropes, and zip wires from heights of 1.5 metres above ground level all the way up to a dizzying 10 metres.

The centre is also home to the only mountain gondola ride in the UK, a ride that sees visitors whisked up the side of Britain’s 8th highest mountain towards incredible views at the top station, 650 metres above the departure point. The gondola ride was originally installed as a way to transport winter skiers up the mountainside, but it’s now mainly used by tourists as a way to get to the top of Aonach Mor.

Nevis Range Cable Car

The Highlights

1: The Nevis Range is renowned for its mountain gondola, the only one of its kind in Britain. The ride takes visitors 650 metres up the face of Aonach Mor, the eighth highest mountain in the UK, offering mesmerising views of the Scottish Highlands including the Great Glen, Ben Nevis, and, on clear days, glimpses of the Inner Hebrides.

2: For those with a penchant for adrenaline, the Nevis Range is a world-class mountain biking destination. It boasts a range of trails for all skill levels, including the renowned downhill track used during the Mountain Bike World Cup.

3: In the winter months, the Nevis Range transforms into a snow sports enthusiast’s dream. With skiing and snowboarding facilities for all levels, from beginner slopes to advanced off-piste areas, there’s plenty of powder to carve. The visitor centre offers equipment rentals, lessons, and even hosts events throughout the season.

Visiting Tips

1: The restaurant is expensive, but if you can find space on the outside veranda you’ll have a fantastic dining experience with a view you’ll remember for years to come.

2: The walk back down the mountain can be hard work and is best avoided if you’re an inexperienced hiker. If you do decide to walk anywhere in the Nevis Range, I recommend purchasing an OS map to help you get your bearings, especially if it’s snowing.

Buy OS Explorer Maps directly from Ordnance Survey.

3: Two other attractions within ten miles of Ben Nevis are the Jacobite steam train, which runs from Fort William to Mallaig, and Glencoe, which is one of the most scenic areas in the Highlands.

Nevis Range Cable Car

Tourist Information

Your use of the gondola will obviously depend on the season in which you visit the centre, with snow sports enthusiasts using it as a means to get back to the top of the mountain for a new downhill run and summer visitors using it as an effortless way to get to the top station to enjoy the views and walks on the summit. But whatever your reason, the journey up the mountain in the gondola is an enjoyable experience, and you’ll be able to take in panoramic views of the Nevis Range during the 15 minutes that it takes to make the ascent.

While you’re whisked along the 2.3 km of cables that run between the bottom and top stations, you’ll be presented with a completely different angle of the Great Glen and Ben Nevis, and because you’re so elevated, you can even see the islands of the Inner Hebrides. It really is an amazing sight, so don’t forget to take your binoculars (link to my recommended optics).

Once you’re at the summit, there are a few options available. You can either take a look around the top station and enjoy a bite to eat in the restaurant before taking a return ride back down to the base station, or you can follow the paths to the mountain viewpoints on the north and south sides of the mountain. Alternatively, you can head back down the mountainside on foot to enjoy the mountain’s woodland and moorland.

Nevis Range Cable Car

At the Top Station, the Snowgoose Restaurant is definitely worth visiting as it’s one of the highest restaurants in Britain at an ear-popping 2,150 feet, and sipping a hot drink on the outside platform is an experience not to be missed.

After you’ve warmed up, take either of the footpaths to Sgurr Finnisg-aig (45 minutes return) or Meall Beag (1 hour return) to enjoy one of the most scenic landscapes in Scotland. Both walks are clearly marked and follow well-maintained trails so they’re suitable for most people to walk, although they’re not recommended for wheelchair users.

One point I suggest you keep in mind is that you should wear sturdy boots no matter the weather as conditions on the mountain can change at the drop of a hat. That being said, the walks from the top station shouldn’t pose any problems if you’re moderately fit, and there’s no better way to experience the region than heading to the panoramic viewpoints.

Heading north to Sgurr Finnisg-aig will lead you to a site that looks out across the Great Glen and the Hills of Knoydart, while the trail in the opposite direction will take you in the direction of Meall Beag and its lovely views of Loch Linne and the hills of Ardgour and Moidart.

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Things to Do

Mountain Gondola Ride: Ascend the slopes of Aonach Mor on the only mountain gondola in the UK. This thrilling ride offers panoramic views of the Highlands, including the Great Glen and Ben Nevis. Suitable for all ages, it’s an unforgettable journey into the heart of Scotland’s wild landscapes.

Mountain Biking: Experience the adrenaline rush of downhill mountain biking at the Nevis Range. With a diverse range of tracks for all skill levels, from beginner trails to advanced routes, the Nevis Range is a must-visit destination for mountain biking enthusiasts.

Hiking Trails: Explore the stunning landscape on foot with a variety of hiking trails. From gentle walks along the mountain base to strenuous hikes to the summit (not suitable for solo travellers), there’s a route to suit all abilities.

Snow Sports: During winter, the Nevis Range transforms into a snowsports haven. Whether you’re an experienced skier or a total beginner, the range of slopes and runs is out of this world. It’s also possible to take lessons with a professional if you’re a beginner looking to brush up on your skills.

Snowgoose Cafe: For a unique perspective, enjoy a coffee and a light lunch from the terrace of the Snowgoose Cafe. Enjoy the stunning views from high up on the mountainside, and then take a leisurely gondola ride back to the car park.

Nevis Range Cable Car

Things to Do Nearby

Neptune’s Staircase. Banavie, Fort William, PH33 7NG. 8-minute drive.
An impressive series of canal locks was built in the early 19th century to connect the waterway between Loch Lochy and Loch Eil. Frequently used by walkers as a starting point for the Great Glen Way.

Old Inverlochy Castle. Fort William, PH33 6TF. 6-minute drive.
A ruined castle is located a mile from the centre of Fort William. A moat originally surrounded the castle, which is from the 13th century. Today, only the outer walls and corner towers survive.

West Highland Museum. Cameron Square, Fort William, PH33 6AJ. 5-minute drive.
A converted bank that houses a collection of exhibits and artefacts that depict regional life in the West Highlands. There are also displays from Jacobite and Victorian times, as well as military memorabilia.

Ben Nevis Distillery. Lochy Bridge, Fort William, PH33 6TJ. 6-minute drive.
A 19th-century distillery that continues to produce single-malt Scotch whisky. There is a visitor centre that offers tasting experiences and guided tours of the warehouses.

West Highland Way End, Fort William, PH33 6DZ. 5-minute drive.
The start and end point for The West Highland Way is one of the most popular long-distance walks in Scotland. The route is 154 km long, with the two endpoints located at Milngavie near Glasgow and Fort William.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Ben Nevis gondola worth it?

Whether or not the Ben Nevis gondola is worth it can depend on a few factors, such as your interests, physical abilities, and the weather conditions on the day of your visit.
Scenic Views: The gondola ride offers breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape. You get to see the magnificent Ben Nevis and the Great Glen. If you’re a nature lover or a photographer, you’ll find the ride very rewarding.
Physical Condition: If you’re not in a condition to hike up the mountain, the gondola is an excellent way to enjoy the beauty of the area without the strenuous activity.
Weather: The weather can be unpredictable in the Scottish Highlands. If it’s foggy, you might not get clear views from the gondola. Check the weather forecast before you plan your visit.
Cost: The gondola ride isn’t free, so you’ll need to consider whether the cost fits within your budget. As of 2024, an adult return ticket costs around £20.00.

Is there a gondola to the top of Ben Nevis?

The Nevis Range Scenic Mountain Gondola is situated on Aonach Mor, which is part of the Nevis Range. The gondola system spans 1.4 miles from the base station to the top station.

Is there a shop at the top of Ben Nevis?

There is no shop at the top of Ben Nevis. There is a shop and café at the top station on Aonach Mor in the Nevis Range.

What visitor facilities are there at the Nevis Range Mountain Experience?

The base station has a café, bar, gift shop, car parking, and toilets. Visit the official website for updated information on available facilities.

Craig Neil

Craig Neil is the author, photographer, admin, and pretty much everything else behind Out About Scotland. He lives near Edinburgh and spends his free time exploring Scotland and writing about his experiences. Follow him on Pinterest, Facebook, and YouTube.