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Ben Nevis Classic Ridges

Spend 2 superb days on the Ben Nevis classic north face ridges.

Based upon past experiences and future aspirations we will take you up 2 of the classic ridges on Ben Nevis which will result in an enjoyable and adventurous couple of days.

Guided Ben Nevis ridges
Guided Ben Nevis ridges
  • Route lengths: From 450m - 600m,

  • Grade: Easy to V Diff  

  • Terrain: Rock ridge

  • Duration: 2 days

  • Start/Finish: Torlundy, North Face Car Park


Experience of mountain walking and other scrambles, a good head for heights and the ability to move over rocky terrain


What we offer

All our instructors are qualified and very experienced at leading people over technical terrain in the mountains.


Our instructors are very knowledgeable about the mountain environment, so the day can be easily split up with interesting chats, wildlife and great views along the way.

We pick the best route options for you to give an enjoyable time on the rock.

We supply all the technical equipment for the route.


Over the 2 days we will take you on the 2 routes that suit your ability and experience level.  Being progressive over the 2 days, or you can just pick the 2 routes that you have always wanted to do.

Depending on your level of experience there are options to include some of the ridges below in descent, making for a great mountaineering day.

A good beginner level combination:

  • Ledge Route on day 1 and Castle Ridge on day 2, with the option to descend CMD arête.


An intermediate combination:

  • Castle Ridge on day 1 and Tower Ridge on day 2 with descent via Ledge Route.


An advanced combination:

  • North East Buttress on day 1 and Observatory Buttress on day 2.


Below is a list of the ridges from easiest to hardest.

  • CMD arête: for those looking to get into scrambling.

  • Ledge route: a great beginners ridge.

  • Castle Ridge: the shortest, but there is interest along the whole route with a few challenging sections.

  • Tower Ridge: the most famous ridge on the mountain, with a few very exposed sections.

  • North East Buttress: one of the longer and harder ridges graded at Very Difficult, giving a real feeling of being on the North Face.

  • Observatory Ridge: the hardest and most continuous on the north face, once you start climbing the 420m you are on rock the whole way, (weather dependant).

Guided Ben Nevis ridges
Guided Ben Nevis ridges
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