Glen Nevis Holidays

UK Scotland Highlands Inverness-shire

A campsite set below the 'mountain of heaven' in the middle of the UK's largest and most spectacular natural playground
Towering at 4,408 ft, Ben Nevis is a hulk of a mountain, a vast, looming chunk of rock known to many Scots simply as ‘The Ben’. It’s probably not the most classically proportioned of all Scotland’s mountains, but it certainly catches the eye and the wider setting is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful in the country. The feet of the mountain roll into a rugged natural landscape enlivened with the sound of water and garnished with herds of shaggy Highland cattle grazing the valley floor. The place is postcard-ready. In fact, trawl the local post office and the cards simply don’t do it all justice – this is one you’ll have to see in the flesh (or...erm... granite).

Glen Nevis Holidays is the very campsite to come to to experience this sublime landscape. Nestled in the narrow plain below the mountains it couldn’t be closer to the action if it tried. Not one to arrive at in the dead of night, though, this a campsite where the approach should definitely be savoured – don’t rush, you are on holiday after all. The quiet, valley-floor road offers a glorious glimpse of what awaits you. Heather-clad mountains cascade down on either side and fleeting shots of the river Nevis flicker into view as it rambles along, parallel to the road. The campsite entrance is not hard to miss, fronted by its reception and shop building, and beyond the vast space of a 30-acre site anticipates your arrival.

30-acres probably sounds like a lot. And it is. This is a pretty massive site catering for the high demand for proper out-of-doors accommodation around these parts. But don’t let size put you off, the campsite has a thoroughly welcoming feel and the manicured fields are nicely screened by trees and hedges. There are nine different camping fields in total, four for motorhomes and five for those looking for a soft patch of grass to peg down on. In summertime, the tent fields are a wonderfully sociable place, full of outdoorsy types spreading their maps across the grass and fingering their way along the next day’s hiking conquest. Facilities are excellent and the picnic tables dotted around each field are a very welcome touch.

As lovely as the campsite is, it is somewhat overshadowed by it’s surroundings and you won’t be sitting at those picnic tables for long. The landscape beckons you beyond the boundaries and, whatever the time of year, there are adventures to be had. Take the low-level walk along to the dramatic Nevis gorge, with impressive falls and rapids that open into a secret valley carpeted with wildflowers. For something more challenging tackle Ben Nevis itself or join one of the neighbouring (and slightly quieter) routes on the next-door peaks. On a clear day you can enjoy the full, awe inspiring vistas below, the U-shaped glacial valley streaming off towards Loch Eil in the distance. From here it’s easy to see what makes Glen Nevis such a special place and if you bag a good picture then you’ve already sorted out that postcard problem. Print it off and pen it down – “look at this picture I took of Glen Nevis, you’ve got to come see it for yourself!”

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