Climb Ben Nevis

28 April, 2017

In April 2017, our fundraising walks continue with the challenge of climbing Scotland's Ben Nevis from Fri 28th - Mon 1st May. Join us for a wonderful four day trip that takes in the stunning, rugged beauty of the Scottish Highlands and delivers the satisfaction of conquering the highest peak in the British Isles.

The cost of the trip is €650 with fifty percent of the overcall cost going to support any ward or dept in Beaumont Hospital.

Itinerary as follows:

Day 1 / Depart Dublin for Fort William
Depart Dublin early in the morning and drive to Belfast, where we board the ferry for Stranraer. On arrival we drive north through some spectacular countryside to our base in Fort William, making several stops along the way.

Day 2 / Ben Nevis Our first day's walk starts just a short bus ride from Fort William at the base of Ben Nevis, our challenge for the day. It’s the highest mountain in the British Isles, standing at 1344m. We cross the river Nevis to join the mountain track, which takes us to the summit and back. Take in some stunning views into the valley of Glen Nevis and the surrounding mountains. Expereince breathtaking views from the summit on a clear day.
Distance: 16 km/10 miles, Ascent: 1324 m/2972 ft.

Day 3 / West Highland WayOur second day's walk takes us on one of the section of Scotland’s oldest way-marked trails: the West Highland Way. This is one of the finest low-level walks that you are liable to find, offering an ever changing landscape that will make for an unforgettable day. Starting in the village of Kinlocklevin, we will first visit the famous Grey Mare’s Tail Waterfall and The Ice Factor, which is the largest indoor ice climbing facility in the world. Here you will have a chance to practice your climbing, watch others climb, do some shopping in the outdoor shop or relax with a coffee before starting our trek. From Kinlocklevin we walk south passing Kings House Hotel, reputed to be one of the oldest inns in Scotland, dating back to the 17th century. From here we cross The Rannoch Moor, which is tremendously impressive and so remote that one can get the feeling like you are on another planet.
Distance: 25 km/15.6 miles, Ascent: 200 m/600 ft.

Day 4 / Depart On our departure day, we leave Tyndrum after a hearty Scottish breakfast and drive down to Stranraer to take the ferry to Belfast. Arriving back in Dublin at approximately 21.00hrs.

Included: 3 nights bed and breakfast accommodation, 2 guided walks, all transport and return ferry trip to Scotland
Not Included: Packed lunches and evening meals

Booking deposit of €100 (non-refundable) is required to secure your place. Call us on 01 - 8092161 or email to sign up without delay.

Essentials for this trip:

Good waterproof walking boots; we strongly recommend high ankle support and a Vibram Sole, Gortex lined.
Waterproof rain clothing, e.g. over trousers/jacket, (gaiters recommended)
Sensible clothing and because of the unpredictable weather it is a good idea to pack a hat and gloves.
Sun-block, factor 30 or higher, midge/insect repellent
Water bottle, thermos flask if required
Rucksack/day pack, lined with plastic bag or waterproof rucksack liner
Walking poles/stick (optional)
Appropriate travel insurance