Highlights of Scotland

Glen Nevis -- part 1

During a short holiday in September 1996 I made a trip from Dundee westward with my parents. From Dundee we went via Perth, Crieff and Crianlarich Tyndrum. There we took the A82 northward, passing through Rannoch Moor and into Glen Coe. We continued along the A82 to Fort William and into Glen Nevis where we made a walk along the road in the Glen; the photos below are taken during this walk.
After spending the night in Fort William, we returned the next day for a walk at the end of Glen Nevis.

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Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the UK (1341 m), lies just north-east of the road in Glen Nevis. The actual top of that mountain cannot be seen from this road: the photo shows two somewhat lower 'sub-peaks' (or: 'bulges') onn the south-west flank of the actual top, and they reach to about 900 m (I think; it is difficult to see on the map); behind these two 'sub-peaks' the mountain rises to its full height. The road where the photo is taken from is perhaps 50 m above sea-level.

A rift in Ben Nevis, on the first photo near the top-left corner (if I remeber correctly).
The name of this cleft is Five Finger Gully and it is a notorious deathtrap on Ben Nevis [thanks to Bob Pert (rabpert@clara.net) for this info].

The river Nevis, somewhat further down the road into Glen Nevis.

This map (17 kb) shows with a red square where these three photos were taken; dates: 15 September 1996.

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