Ben Nevis & Great Glen Way Triple Challenge
- Bike it. Paddle it. Hike it. The ultimate Scottish Highland challenge in just one weekend
- Tackle all terrains as you cycle, trek and kayak in the heart of the Scottish Highlands
- Conquer the summit of Ben Nevis, the highest peak in UK at 1,345m
- Experience the beauty and the brawn of the legendary Loch Ness and Great Glen
- One night’s accommodation, bike & kayak hire are all included
- Find your epic deep in the soul of Scotland…
Experience the incredible Scottish Highlands as you journey from the sea at Inverness to the summit of the mighty Ben Nevis. Explore the wild nature and majestic scenery of the Scottish Highlands as you cycle 65 miles through the stunning Great Glen, paddle the Caledonian Canal framed by towering pine trees before summiting the highest mountain in the UK, Ben Nevis. This is the ultimate 2-day adventure through the Scottish wilderness with the chance to top it all off with a dram of whisky – the true taste of Scotland.
If the above dates do not suit you and you have a group of over 18 people, please get in touch as we’d be happy to set up a date that meets with your requirements between May – September (dependent on accommodation availability). Simply email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01492 588 069.
- Certified local mountain & cycling leader
- Canoe instructor
- Support crew
- Support vehicle and driver
- One night’s accommodation (extra night’s accommodation can be organised for an additional cost)
- All meals whilst on the challenge
- Water and snack stops
- Pick up and drop off to and from local train stations
- First aid supplies
- Risk assessments, risk & safety management
- Public liability insurance
What is not included?
- Travel to and from Scotland. We recommend flying to and from Inverness or booking at train to Inverness and return from Fort William. Please book an open ended ticket
- Bike Hire which can be organised at £45 per bike & helmet including delivery and collection
- Additional nights accommodation which can be organised for you at an extra cost
- Group transfer from the finish in Fort William to Inverness. This can be organised at an additional cost
- Personal expenses
- Any expenses incurred with leaving the event early ie. change of travel tickets, accommodation, etc.
Inverness – Loch Lochy
Your challenge begins today in Inverness on the East Coast of Scotland at Inverness Castle. This morning you will meet early for an introduction to your challenge leader, support team and the rest of your group. You will have an introductory briefing which will include important safety information. You will then be split you into different groups, each of which will have its own highly qualified cycling guide.
You will begin your ride following the River Ness and cycle through the Great Glen following the Southern Shores Loch Ness on quiet country roads with stunning views. You will arrive in Fort Augustus for lunch enjoying the back drop of the Scottish Highlands.
Your afternoon continues with short 9 mile ride on a mixture of cycle paths and road continuing through the Great Glen. Ben Nevis will be looming in the distance before you arrive in Loch Lochy where you’ll change your bikes for boats for a 2-hour canoe down Laggan Corridor. This is a stunning sheltered section of the Caledonian Canal of which you will be accompanied by canoeing guides. Overnight in a nearby Scottish Highland Hostel.
Loch Lochy to Ben Nevis.
After a hearty Scottish breakfast, you’ll be back on your bikes for final 22 mile ride to Ben Nevis, where your third and final activity begins. Swapping your bikes for boots, you will begin your climb of highest mountain in the UK, Ben Nevis standing at 1,344 metres with your dedicated Mountain Leader.
The trek begins on the main path from Glen Nevis, that was originally built to service a meteorological observatory of which the remains still stand at the summit. The trek to the summit takes approximately 4 hours and involves 1,370m of ascent. On summiting you will have the chance to enjoy the breath taking views of the Scottish Highlands.
The walk back down should take approximately 2.5 hours. We aim to complete the challenge by 6pm, please do allow a little extra time, if you are planning onward travel after the event.
On completion of your challenge we will provide a transfer to Inverness.
You are welcome to bring your own bike of which we recommend either a mountain bike or hybrid with a rear working light. Bike helmets must we warn at all times. Alternately, bikes can be hired for £45.00 which includes their transport, delivery, collection and a helmet. To reserve your bike, please email email@example.com at least 3 weeks prior to the event start date to reserve your bike.
The cycling route takes you through the majestic Great Glen of inspiring and stunning landscape. It is challenging ride with a couple of climbs however the sense of achievement is really rewarding. The route takes you along both cycle paths and roads and you will be accompanied by your Cycle Leader. A full cycle safety briefing is given however it is your responsibility to negotiate safely around the route and to comply with all road traffic regulations.
Cycling distance: approx 65 miles
As the highest peak in the British Isles, Ben Nevis (1345m) makes for an epic finish to this Scottish Highlands adventure. The path climbs gradually to the shoulder at Lochan Meall an t-Suidhe (known as the Halfway Lochan), then zigzags steeply up beside the Red Burn to the summit plateau. The highest point is marked by a trig point on top of a huge cairn beside the ruins of the old observatory where you have time to celebrate your mighty achievement before descending back down to the base full of pride and a huge sense of achievement.
Trekking distance: approx 10 miles
You will join one of your team-mates in a 2-person Canadian canoe, and each have a single balded paddle and buoyancy aid. Full instruction will be provided so you will learn the skills required to paddle and steer your boat before you set off on your scenic journey down the Caledonian Canal. No previous paddling experience is needed as the Caledonian Canal is one of the most sheltered water systems offering great conditions for your canoe section amid the majestic surroundings of The Great Glen.
Paddling distance: approx 2 miles (2 hours)
Weather and Safety
The weather in the Scottish Highlands can change very quickly. What can start out as a good day can soon become very poor. It is very important to be well equipped and prepared for all conditions. Your Mountain, Cycling and Paddling Leader reserves the right to change the itinerary at any time should the conditions require it. In these circumstances we will make the best alternative arrangements possible that maintain the integrity of the original itinerary.
All our guides are first aid trained and carry fully equipped medical kits for serious medical emergencies.
How big is the group?
The minimum size group is 12 people and a maximum group size of 40 people. You will complete this challenge in teams of 10 – 12 people per team.
How fit do I need to be?
The more training and prepared you are for this challenge, the more you will enjoy the experience. The Ben Nevis Triple Challenge is the toughest of our triple challenge series as you are covering more distance and trekking the highest peak in the UK. A training programme will be provided when you sign up for this event. We recommend that you have experience of hiking outdoors, be competent on a bike however you do not require any paddling skills. A good level of fitness and endurance is required to complete this amazing challenge.
What food and drinks are included?
Breakfast will be at your place of accommodation. Lunch will be a picnic of local produce. Dinner will either be at your place of accommodation or nearby local restaurant/pub. Water and snacks will be provided throughout your adventure as well. Please let us know prior to the event start date if you have any specific dietary requirements or allergies.
What do you do to protect the environment?
We limit the impact we have on the surrounding environment by remaining on the paths at all times so as not to cause further erosion on the mountain. We will ensure that all rubbish is disposed of responsibly and we always operate by a ‘leave no trace ethos’. We strongly encourage all participants to bring their own refillable water bottles and flasks to minimise the use of plastic.
How to book?
Register via the website where you will create an account or log back in to your existing account. You will need to pay a non-refundable registration fee of £85.00 at the time of booking. You will be fully supported in the lead up to your event with information, travel recommendations, training guide, kit list and discount codes for Cotswold Outdoor, Snow & Rock, Cycle Surgery and ashmei apparel. All information will be provided via a mobile app per Vamoos.
The full balance is required to be paid no less than 4 weeks prior to your event start date.
Please get in touch with us at email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01492 588 069 if you would like further information on the Ben Nevis Triple Challenge or wish to make any group booking enquiries. We look forward to welcoming you to the Scottish Highlands.