Scotland (1,344 m) – Highest Peak in the British Isles
Ben Nevis is the tallest mountain in the British Isles, and one of the definitive peaks of the Scottish Highlands. Located in north-central Scotland, it has long been a symbolic landmark and rallying point for this ancient Celtic stronghold. The name is Gaelic and roughly translates to Mountain of Heaven.
Nevis was known to the Celts of Britannia since ancient times. For nearly two thousand years the area around the mountain was a bastion of resistance against foreign invaders, including the Romans, Vikings and British. In later years, after Scottish unification with England, Mount Nevis became home to several institutions, including Britain’s most important 19th century astronomical observatory and the Ben Nevis distillery.
Ben Nevis is one of Great Britain’s most popular natural tourist destinations. In summer it swarms with visitors who come to scale the mountain, from hikers on the well-worn foot paths to serious climbers of more challenging rock formations. The mountain is easily accessed from Fort William about four away, with the largest major city being Glasgow approximately 75 miles to the south.