Ben Nevis from Corpach
I do hope this selection of my photographs will
give you a sense of the grandeur of this truly
magnificent mountain and its surrounding
At 4,409 ft above sea level, Ben Nevis is the
highest mountain in the British Isles and as
such attracts an estimated 100,000 ascents a
year. So unlike many of Scotland's hills, you
are sure not to be alone here!
However, it has not always been easy for the
average person to get to the vicinity of Ben
Nevis as is illustrated in the poignant letter
below, from a gentleman living in the south of
Scotland in the early 1930s, in response to his
reading of “On Foot in the Highlands” by Ernest
A. Baker which was first published in 1932.
I hope you will excuse an anonymous reader of
your book, “On Foot in the Highlands,” sending
you a few lines to thank you for the pleasure it
has given him and for a new resolve it has
awakened actually to see the Highlands, at least
in part, before he leaves this mortal scene!
I am a married man of 43, and have two young
boys; so, though I often turned my thoughts to
the Highlands, I always thought that I should
never be able to afford to go there, for I have
only a very small salary.
After reading your book, however, I was so
filled with the desire to go up the Highland
Railway, and, particularly, to climb Ben Nevis
by the Allt a’ Mhuillin, and cross over the
Aonachs, that I broached the subject to my wife,
and we have adopted a “Ten Year Plan” of saving
weekly a matter of one shilling with the set
purpose of having a joint holiday, a family
holiday, there, and have opened an account
I am a good hill-walker and a healthy subject,
so perhaps at 53 I may be able to fulfill the
ambition for which, again, I thank you! And my
boys by that time will be able to come with me.
Yours very truly,
I often wonder if his scheme was successful
despite the onslaught of the Second World War
and like to think that he was able to achieve
his goal just as I have been fortunate enough
I do hope you enjoy the photographs.
View to Ben Nevis from the Caledonian Canal
View of the Ben from Stronchreggan on the north
eastern shores of Loch Linnhe
Looking towards the Ben from Inverscaddle
Setting off on the Annual Ben Nevis Race (Held
Looking north towards Ben Nevis from Am Bodach
in the Mamore Mountains.
The the sharp peak of Carn Mor Dearg can be seen
on the right.
The mountain stream left of centre is known as
the Allt Coire Eoghainn.
Cloud moving in on the North Face
Ben Nevis and Carn Mor Dearg from the Mamores
Approach to the North Face via the Allt a'
The North Face and the Allt a' Mhuilinn
Approaching the half-way point on the "Pony
Resting at Lochan Meall an t-Suidhe (the
A slight dip in the path before the climb to the
(Lochan Meall an t-Suidhe on the left)
Passing through cloud on the way to the top
A glimpse of Corpach below the cloud
The Summit at last! A busy place on this
beautiful August day.
Ruins of the old observatory on the summit,
built in the summer of 1883
Commermoration plaque on the summit
Yours truly at the summit
Looking west from the summit to Castle Ridge on
Carn Dearg and beyond to Loch Eil
Looking south from the summit to An Gearanach,
An Garbhanach and
Stob Coire a' Chairn with the Steall waterfall
in the foreground
Looking east to the Carn Mor Dearg aręte and to
the Mamore Mountains beyond
Looking south to Sgurr a' Mhŕim in the Mamore
Looking south west via Loch Linnhe to Ardgour,
Lismore and Mull.
Lochan Lunn da-Bhra can be seen nestling in the
Looking east to the Grey Corries
A glimpse into the depths of Corrie Leis
View to the south west on the way down