Pictured above and fondly called ‘Ben’ by the locals, Britain’s highest mountain towers 1,344 metres (4,408) feet above the town of Fort William.
‘The mountain with its head in the clouds’ or ‘Mountain of Heaven’ (translated from the Gaelic) was first climbed in 1771.
Regarded as one of the Great Railway Journeys of the World, mainly due to the stunning scenery you are travelling through.
The 84 mile round trip on the ‘Jacobite’ will take you past Britain’s highest mountain, deepest loch and on to Mallaig, the UK’s most westerly station.
The train stops en-route at Glen Finnan, giving you time to stretch your legs, take photographs and visit the Museum in the station’s buildings. The Glen Finnan monument stands at the head of Loch Shiel where Bonnie Prince Charlie raised the Jacobite standard and rallied his clansmen for the battle for the British throne. Also at Glen Finnan, is the World famous 21 concrete arch viaduct, (as seen in the Harry Potter films) with its stunning views down Loch Shiel overlooking the monument.
Sitting in the foothills of Ben Nevis amidst some of Scotland’s finest scenery, Inverlochy Castle was visited by Queen Victoria in 1863 where she wrote in her diaries “I never saw a lovelier or more romantic spot”.
Bealach Uamh Nan Claig-Ionn (Cave of Sculls) is Scotland’s deepest cave and the ‘Cave of the Heifer’s Outwash’ which is the most complex (by plan) cave in Scotland are two of 16 other significant caves that can be found in the area surrounding Duror.
There are 2 Munro class mountains within approx. 6km of the site; Sgorr Dhonuill or Donald’s rocky peak (Hill of the thunderbolt) at 3824ft, 1001m and Sgorr Dhearg or Red rocky peak (Hill of the thunderbolt) at 3359ft, 1024m.
Directly outside the park, there are various way marked trails leading up into the forest of Glen Duror. Sustrans Route 78 cycle track is adjacent to the park and is also a good flat route for light walking and jogging.