The old Jacobite and Bonnie Prince Charlie connections are explored in the traditional-style West Highland Museum in Fort William. On the outskirts of the town, the Ben Nevis Distillery offers tours. Treasures of the Earth at Corpach is a fascinating display of rocks and gems from around the world. Further afield, the Ice Factor at Kinlochleven features the largest indoor ice-climbing wall in the world, as well as opportunities to practise rock climbing.
At 1344 metres (4406ft), Ben Nevis is not only the highest in the UK but inevitably one of the most popular climbs. Most walkers use the so-called ‘tourist path’ from Glen Nevis a well-maintained route to the summit. The excursion should still be treated as a serious all-day hillwalk for the fit and well equipped.