Beautiful Scotland - Ben Nevis

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Happy to reach the top of Ben Nevis

4 happy men at the top of Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in UK

I’m excited to share this post about Scotland. It is a very beautiful country. I love every bit about Scotland except for its very cold weather weather, especially here in Aberdeen, North East of Scotland. It faces the North Sea which is famous for its oil. It’s often very windy and cold. I remember at one time I was out shopping with my daughter. We had quite a few blocks to walk. The wind was so strong that we had to hold each other….so afraid we would be blown away. Got to put on more weight may be…haha

Beautiful Scottish mountains

Beautiful Scottish mountains

One of the many things I love about Scotland is its beautiful sceneries. I love the mountains…attractive and yet menacing. I have climbed 3 times…utterly exciting and an experience I will cherish for life. I climbed one this year but sadly the photos didn’t turn out well.  Just the other weekend, my husband and our 3 good friends climbed Ben Nevis…..much to my envy. I would love to join them but the bad weather forecast put me off. I did not want to slow them down. I have been admiring all the beautiful photos they took. Well, I hope to climb it next summer.

Cheese muffin

Cheese muffin

I did not join the climb but this is what I made for them……cheese muffins. It is cheesy, moist and delicious.They liked them very much. I can only imagine they must be very hungry! They also brought along hard boiled eggs, fruits and sandwiches.

Ben Nervis is the highest mountain in UK, situated at the Scottish Highland close to the town of Fort William which is about 5 hrs drive from Aberdeen. It is a very popular mountain to climb, both to the locals and to international visitors. It is 1344m above the sea level. The weather condition is often bad…cold, windy and foggy, which can be dangerous for ill-equipped climbers. In most parts, the climb is rocky and tough but there are well defined tourist paths, well trodden by the many tourists who went there throughout the whole year.

My husband and his friends drove to Fort William on a Friday, stayed a night at a Bed And Breakfast and headed for the mountain the next morning. It took them 8+ hours to go up and down Ben Nevis. Of course some are able to achieve it at a shorter time.

Really happy to reach the summit of Ben Nevis

Really happy to reach the summit of Ben Nevis

My husband was just overjoyed to reach the summit of Ben Nevis. It was a great achievement for him…..a triumphant feeling! But he was exhausted and cold when he arrived home about 11pm. All he wanted was hot noodle soup and quickly dived into bed under thick duvet! This is my hubby above…cute like me…hehe. At least he remembered to ‘Keep Smiling‘…haha

Here are some of the breath-taking photos they took of their adventurous and ambitious climb.

Scottish highland cows

Scottish highland cows

These are Scottish highland cows. They have long horns and long shaggy coats. They are a special beed of cattle. The long coat keeps them warm from the harsh cold Scottish weather, especially during the winter. They look calm and beautiful, yet fearsome.

Nice spot to take picture!

Nice spot to take picture!

Aha…this is my photography teacher and friend. He has been trying very hard to teach me good photography but poor me……a slow student indeed……haha. I love to see those rocks and the water running down….beautiful!

The climb up Ben Nevis

The climb up Ben Nevis

Keeping to tourist path to climb Ben Nevis is the safest. The journey is long and hard.

rocky path up Ben Nevis

Rocky path up Ben Nevis

The path up Ben Nevis is rocky. It helps to have a pair of hill walking sticks.

View of mountain side

View of mountain side

A beautiful scene of the mountain side.

Beautiful view half way up Ben Nevis

Beautiful view half way up Ben Nevis

A beautiful view of the valley and the mountains on the other side.

The summit of Ben Nevis

The summit of Ben Nevis

The goal and greatest excitement is the summit which was covered with fog. It was very cold and you can’t stay there long. There’s an old observatory at the summit. It was used for 20 years to collect meteorological data hourly since its opening in 1883.

Mountains speak so much about life. I remember the winning song in X-Factor last year by Joe McElderry…The Climb. The wordings are very beautiful and meaningful and the song is very nice. If you are going through struggles, then this song is for you. It’s very encouraging. Click to watch and listen.

Do you love mountains? Have you every climbed one? Please share, add and comment in the comment box below.

Other mountain adventure that you may be interested in:
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Quote of the day……

“Live your life each day as you would climb a mountain. An occasional glance toward the summit keeps the goal in mind, but many beautiful scenes are to be observed from each new vintage point.”

Harold V Melchert

Keep Learning Keep Smiling

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Sushma Mallya  on September 27th, 2010

lovely pics, Scotland is really very beautiful…

TasteHongKong  on September 27th, 2010

My first time hearing about this spot, thanks for sharing. So hairy is the highland cows, the weather must be very cold most, if not all, of the time.

lequan  on September 27th, 2010

wow Mary! you are such an inspirational woman! not only do you cook amazing food for your family, but you climb mountains too? i’ve never been mountain climbing before but i would love to someday. i imagine it to be something fun and exciting to share with the hubby. plus, you get to see beautiful scenery and spend quality time together. sounds like a great hobby to take up.thank you for sharing these beautiful pictures. and yes, your hubby is cute like you. lol, you crack me up girl!

noobcook  on September 27th, 2010

hope to have a chance to visit this beautiful country one day ^^

Mary  on September 27th, 2010

@Sushma Mallya - Thanks very much, Sushma! :D

@TasteHongKong - Yes, it’s getting very cold now. I just have to brave up for the blustery cold winter coming again soon. Need more good food to keep me smiling :D

@lequan - Yes…I love the mountains. I love the mountain top experience…phenomenal! Hope you get to try one day with your hubby. You can even renew your wedding vows at the summit…would be fantastic! :D It’s tough to climb but worth every ounce of effort and sweat, if there is…haha :D

@noobcook - Yes, do come. Give the mountain a try instead of just the town and food :D

Nasi Lemak Lover  on September 27th, 2010

Thanks for sharing this series of photos, lovely!

claire  on September 27th, 2010

wow.. love the climb..can lose a lot of calories! last time i went to edinburgh too bad that time, no blogging yet.. :)

Priya  on September 27th, 2010

Beautiful clicks, thanks for sharing..

anncoo  on September 27th, 2010

hahaa…how I wish I got that stamina to climb mountain to help me lose some weight.
Those are lovely pictures!

makcikmanggis  on September 27th, 2010

wah menarik sekali.My son pernah mendaki disitu semasa cuti yang lepas…

shirley@kokken69  on September 27th, 2010

Ooh, I have always dreamt of going to Scotland… Saint Andrew golf course…

Mary  on September 27th, 2010

@Nasi Lemak Lover - You are most welcome. Thanks! :D

@claire - are very right….help to lose weight…but in a hard way :D Hope one day you will make a trip here again. We can meet up :D

@Priya - Thanks very much, Priya! :D

@anncoo - Sounds like ahard way to lose weight…haha :D

@makcikmanggis - Lain kali makcik ikut juga lah mendaki…mungking gunung yang lebih rendah lah dulu :D

@shirley@kokken69 - Oh, I see…you love golf! St Andrews is a nice place to go, too. But I’m not into golf. One day may learn :D

busygran  on September 27th, 2010

Looking at your pictures, I feel like I’m already there! If only I love travelling! Don’t like long flights!

nisha  on September 27th, 2010

Hi mary,
i agree scotland is just spectacular, except for the weather ofc ourse, but then i think it kinda adds that charm to the place.
That pic of the waterfall is just mind blowing gorgeous

Rachana  on September 27th, 2010

Scotland is soooo beautiful… Lovely pics!

kristy  on September 27th, 2010

Mary, how come you’re not there! haha… However, those pictures are awesome and thank you so much for sharing with us. I love the waterfall view, magnificent! Have a great day.
Cheers, Kristy

Arnold  on September 27th, 2010

Nice photos. Scotland seems to be a lovely place. I will however struggle a bit with the cold as I am not used to it.

elra  on September 27th, 2010

always been my dream to visit this beautiful land one day :)

Lyndsey  on September 27th, 2010

These are some stunning photos Mary! In Florida the highest thing to climb is the Ringling Bridge that goes over the intercoastal waterway leading out to Longboat Key! :D I have been to Colorado and did some rock climbing there, but that was before my daughter was born. The biscuits look good too!

5 Star Foodie  on September 27th, 2010

Gorgeous pictures! I would love to visit Scotland sometime soon!

thatssoron  on September 27th, 2010

wow …nice pics…

looks a lil wet n cold

Christine @ Fresh Local and Best  on September 27th, 2010

I’ve never known that there were such high mountains in Scotland. I agree that it is beautiful! I haven’t gone mountain climbing in a long while, but I cerainly appreciate the scenery involved.

Conor @ HoldtheBeef  on September 27th, 2010

It looks freezing but also very beautiful! Some of my friends all went to the south of Western Australia this past long weekend to go hiking in the ranges. I couldn’t join them due to working and being ill, and I’m terribly jealous after having just seen their photos! I didn’t bake any cheese scones for them, haha.

Lazaro  on September 27th, 2010

Wonderful post. Lovely photos of some truly amazing countryside.

the lacquer spoon  on September 27th, 2010

Thank you for the beautiful photos! Homemade cooking and mountain climbing keep you fit, I know :)

Swathi  on September 27th, 2010

Beautiful pictures. I love nature

Hao Chen  on September 27th, 2010

Hi Mary, it is really a good blog.
It is a shame that you didn’t join us, actually you don’t need to worry about slowing us down,I found you are quite fit when we play badminton together. And thank for the cheese muffin, I like it.

Aipi  on September 27th, 2010

What a lovely collection of pictures !!!.True Eye Candy. Would love to visit Scotland someday!. Thank you for taking me on the trip with you. It was delightful to read about it all and see the pictures.

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Belinda @zomppa  on September 27th, 2010

What gorgeous photos!!! I’ve never been - looks so fun.

rebecca  on September 27th, 2010

wow thanks for taking us up Ben Nevis with you I went skiing there once as a child so much fun


Ananda Rajashekar  on September 27th, 2010

Mary, am not actually a real sport person, and to climb mountain and super lazy person, but when i went for a conference to Germany, all my friends dragged me for hiking, it was about 5 hrs…was/ will be longest hiking i will do, but it was great fun. I carried small dogie packs of candy, as i was scared if i will faint and my friends have to carry me…nothing like that happened, but i skipped next day morning lectures LOL beocz i was sleeping like a donkey! Lovely pictures…am pretty sure you have great fun!

Reeni  on September 27th, 2010

What beautiful pictures Mary! I hope to visit Scotland one day. Your cheese muffins look delicious - I bet they were quite happy to have them - it looks very dreary at the top!

Barbara  on September 27th, 2010

Beautiful photos, Mary. I’ve only been to Scotland once but the weather in those photos looked very familiar!

faye  on September 27th, 2010

Hi Mary,
New kid on the blog, awesome pics, thanks for sharing. I have only climb Grouse Grind in Vancouver, and after that my right leg throb for 3 whole days, and I was whining just as long. We had to take the tram down, as the ground was still covered in snow, slippery and I had become legless.
However, I was so proud of myself for doing that, hehe. Nature is indeed wonderful & inspiring.
Thanks for sharing.

Mary  on September 27th, 2010

@busygran - I don’t like long flights, too…always excited to go back and don’t mind the long flight home but coming here is a drag! But Scotland is really beautiful…maybe try once :D

@nisha - Yes, I actually appreciate the beauty of the 4 seasons but still complain it’s cold…haha :D I know…just ahve to wear thicker and cook better food :D

@Rachana - Yes, Scotland is beautiful. Hope you can come and visit one day :D

@kristy - I didnt join them all cos of the bad weather. I will go next year when it’s summer :D Hope you have a great day, too.

@Arnold - Indeed Scotland is a very beautiful place. Well, I’m still struggling with the cold weather. My Malaysian skin refuses to cooperate…haha. I just need loads of good food to stay put :D

@elra - Hope you make it one day while I am here :D

@Lyndsey - Thanks very much, Lyndsey! :D Your climb sounds exciting! maybe next time you can climb with your daughter.

@5 Star Foodie - Yes, come and visit Scotland one day. Maybe we can even meet up. Would be exciting :D

@thatssoron - Thanks very much! :D Yes, it’s wet and very cold.

@Christine @ Fresh Local and Best - Yes, the climb is always exciting though tough but the experience is very memorable. Hope you can get to climb one day…maybe a low one to start :D

@Conor @ HoldtheBeef - Awww…so sorry to hear you were ill. Hope you have fully recovered. Hope you can make it next time. Haha…am amused to hear you didn’t make cheese scones for them :D

@Lazaro - Thanks very much, Lazaro! :D

@the lacquer spoon - Thanks very much! Yes, I need to be fit to enjoy life :D

@Swathi - Thanks very much, Swathi! :D

@Hao Chen - Thanks very much, ChenHao! Yes, I really regretted not joining all of you in the climb :( Next summer I must go! I have good stamina on flat ground like badminton but not on slopes. Need training for that. Glad to know you like the cheese muffins. Will make again for you next time :D

@Aipi - Thanks very much, Aipi! :D Hope you come and visit Scotland. We can even arrange to meet up. May be go hill walking together :D

@Belinda @zomppa - Thanks very much, Belinda! :D

@rebecca - Maybe one day you can bring Jasmine there and tell her your skiing stories. She would love it :D

@Ananda Rajashekar - Haha…I’m glad to know that your friends dragged you along. See…you didn’t regret, right? :P You must have broken your record for hiking for 5 hours! :D But such a sleeping beauty the next day…haha

@Reeni - Yes, do make a trip here to enjoy the beauty :D I’m glad everyone liked the cheese muffins. Must have tasted especially delicious as it was cold and they were hungry…haha.

@Barbara - Thanks very much, Barbara! :D Yes, Scotland is very cold!

@faye - Thanks very much for visiting and lovely comment, Faye! :D Wow…that’s such an experience! Thanks very much for sharing. Indeed climbing mountains is real hard work but the experience is unforgettable….just wonderful! :D

Faith  on September 27th, 2010

I absolutely love your posts about Scotland, Mary! I’ve always wanted to go there! Beautiful pictures!

jen cheung  on September 27th, 2010

this is a very neat place to be!! Thanks for sharing. Now I really need a vacation :(

have a wonderful day.
jen @

nisha  on September 27th, 2010

What a beautiful place and lovely post

Drick  on September 27th, 2010

oh Mary, my idea of going up a mountain is by driving… have done so across the US, the highest in Colorado where I had shortness of breath, not much oxygen up there… now if I had your muffins I might have felt better…. love the pics and thanks so much for sharing…

Jeannie  on September 27th, 2010

I enjoyed the photos, showed how very scenic and beautiful Scotland is… no chance to climb mountains but I used to climb little hills with my siblings when we were young:) Scenery not so awesome but still great!Thanks for sharing Mary:D

Blackswan  on September 27th, 2010

Thks for sharing the beautiful scenery & video! U’re always tempting us with your shots. LOL!

Mountain climbing?? It’s no, no for me as I’m not a sporty person. Only exercise I do is Shopping. Hahaha!

Oh, love the drink u submitted for Cocktail Challenge. All the best!

Karen  on September 27th, 2010

Looks like a wonderful place to be!! Thanks for sharing!

Mary  on September 28th, 2010

@Faith - Thanks very much, Faith! Really hope you can make a trip here one day :D

@jen cheung - I love Scotland for all it’s sceneries and other beautiful stuff around. Hope you can visit it one day :D

@nisha - Thanks very much, Nisha!

@Drick - Haha…that’s cheating! :D Come here and I will drag you up the mountains…on foot! I will make you lots of cheese muffins…one for every 100m…haha.

@Jeannie - Hope you have a chance to come here one day. I’ll take you hill walking…about 1 hr to get to the top :D

@Blackswan - Haha….amused to hear that shopping is your exercise :D I have to tell my hubby that…hehe. I need that type of exercise, too…haha. Thanks very much..hope luck comes my way for the drink challenge.

@Karen - Yes, it’s really wonderful. Hope you get to come and visit Scotland one day :D

tigerfish  on September 28th, 2010

We drove from London to Scotland when my hb and myself were younger. The route was scenic esp when approaching Scotland, up the mountains. How I wish to visit Scotland again.

Sophie  on September 28th, 2010

Waw, Mary!! What a beautiful hike in a beautiful country!! How I love Scotland!!

A few years ago, I also hiked with a few friends the Ben Nevis!! It was huge fun!! What stunning views you get,..This is the life!

Katerina  on September 28th, 2010

I love Scotland. I’ve been only once in Edinbourgh. The city was beautiful during Christmas. I promised to myself to do another one trip to the highlands. I didn’t get to see them then.

suituapui  on September 28th, 2010

Heard so much about how beautiful Scotland is. When I was last in the UK long ago, by the time I was free, it was too cold already and the weather was bad. Hope to go some day…

pigpigscorner  on September 28th, 2010

Beautiful beautiful! I went to Scotland twice but have never been to Aberdeen, always around Edinburgh. Next time!

Sarah  on September 28th, 2010

It’s like watching Travel & Living from my armchair. Nice pics and great story! I’m sure your cheesy muffins contributed to their successful climb.

deana@lostpastremembered  on September 28th, 2010

Mary, I love those photos of your climb and especially those adorable highland furry cows. Really awesome shots of the amazing Scottish landscape… wish I was there!

Lavanya  on September 28th, 2010

Scotland is beautiful mary…hope to travel there once….lovely post :)


penny aka jeroxie  on September 28th, 2010

It is beautiful to see Scotland through your eyes. But it really seem very very cold

Stella  on September 28th, 2010

Hey Mary! Wow, your photos make Scotland look so wonderful. And I love the way the weather is there, but maybe that’s b/c I’m in the sunny subtropics. We always want what we don’t have it seems…
Oh, and your muffins look stellar. Makes me want to bake some with a bit of spicy jalapeño!

mycookinghut  on September 28th, 2010

Lovely! Believe it or not, I haven’t been to Scotland! To do for next year!

Light Delight with TouTou  on September 28th, 2010

I was in UK six years ago and always want to go to Scotland. The pictures you took are beautiful. I love the experience with mountains. You just entice me to visit Scotland in the near future.

My Restaurants Melbourne  on September 28th, 2010

I always thought that melbourne had real cold weather, but nothing like what you get in scotland. Thansk for sharing those pictures from Scotland, I’ve never been there before.

Carolyn Jung  on September 28th, 2010

Wow! Now, THAT is some wind! I think you deserve a dozen cheese scones just to help you have the strength to contend with the forces of nature like that. ;)

Shirley  on September 28th, 2010

I’ve done Ben Nevis too. It is quite tough. Love the hairy coos too. Miss them.

Mary  on September 29th, 2010

@tigerfish - That must be a beautiful drive. I have not done that yet…maybe one day. Hope you can come to visit again :D

@Sophie - Wow…you did that…amazing! I really hope to climb it next year. Must try to get as many friends to go up as possible :D I’m sure it’s going to be so much fun!

@Katerina - Wow…that must be nice to visit Edinburgh during Christmas! Yes, the highlands would be a lovely one for you next. I love the highlands….so beautiful! :D

@suituapui - Yes, try to bring your whole family here for a visit. I think the best time is during summer where there are lots of fun activities going round the whole country. And best of all…it’s not cold :D

@pigpigscorner - Yes, come to Aberdeen next time if you ever come up to Scotland…just about another 2 & 1/2 hours drive. Summer would be best :D

@Sarah - Haha…thanks very much, Sarah! Have to agree with you…must be my muffins that contribute to the successful climb…haha :D

@deana@lostpastremembered - Thanks very much, Deana! Hope you can come and visit Scotland one day :D

@Lavanya - Thanks very much, Lavanya! Hope you can come and visit Scotland one day :D

@penny aka jeroxie - Yes, Scotland is very cold but beautiful :D

@Stella - Thanks very much, Stella! You are very right. When I am back in Malaysia, I wish for the cold weather here but when I am here I wish for the hot weather back home! How ironic…haha. I need to move to a place that’s in between :D Oh yes, good suggestion….will add chopped chilies to my cheese muffins next time. That sounds very delicious….mmm. Thanks lots!

@mycookinghut - Yes, come to Scotland…hope can meet up with you :D

@Light Delight with TouTou - Yes, do come and visit Scotland. Let go and climb mountains together :D

@My Restaurants Melbourne - Yes, Scotland especially here in the North can be freezing cold because of the strong winds from the sea or even from the Arctics in the North. I think I want to move to Melbourne :D

@Carolyn Jung - Haha…you are very right…..lots of cheese muffins and other good food, too :D

@Shirley - Wow….amazing! I’m sure you feel a great sense of achievement :D Really hope I can make it to the top next year! Heard it’s very tough. Hope you can be back to Scotland for a visit again.

FOODESSA  on September 29th, 2010

Thank you for sharing that part of the world for which I have yet to have a chance to enjoy.

Aren’t they lucky you were busy baking in the kitchen…it must have smelled amazing ;o)

The last hike I did was on the Island of Corsica, France…a real stunner for scenery…almost unbeatable.

Have a great day,

Priscilla - She's Cookin'  on September 29th, 2010

Wow! I didn’t realize you were such an adventuress! Thanks for visiting my website so I could discover the intrepid traveler in you! Your cheesy muffins were a welcome repast for the climbers on their return, I’m sure. And, your husband is cute, just like you :)

Debbie  on September 29th, 2010

Hi Mary, discovered your blog by chance yesterday. It was interesting reading your blog though I have not read the rest yet. Your cheese muffin looks delicious. Such wonderful pictures of Ben Nevis mountain. Heard of the beautiful countryside scenery Scotland. Have put it in my ‘Will Visit places’ list. When are the warm summer months in Scotland?

My Kitchen in the Rockies  on September 29th, 2010

Beautiful pictures. Living in Colorado, it puts a little smile on my face that the highest mountain in Scotland is only 1344 m. We are surrounded by many mountains over 4000 meters. Love it. Thanks for your visit on my blog.

Nate @ House of Annie  on September 30th, 2010

Scotland is beautiful. That mountain kind of reminds me of the Marin Headlands.

Cheah  on September 30th, 2010

What beautiful pictures! We drove to Edinburgh from Windermere 2 years ago and the scenery was just awesome and the air so fresh and clean. Can see that your hubby is grinning from ear to ear, too bad didn’t get to meet up with him too!

Biren @ Roti n Rice  on September 30th, 2010

I love the mountains and that is why I still miss Colorado so much. We used to hike in the summers and snow shoe in the winters at 10,000ft at the Rocky Mountains National Park and the scenery is just awesome. The air is so fresh too.

Scotland looks beautiful from all the pictures you have shared. Hope to visit it someday.

Mary  on September 30th, 2010

@FOODESSA - Yes, they are so lucky. I’m sure it is my muffins that help them to reach the summit…haha :D I have been to France. Would love to go one day and maybe go for hiking, too.

@Priscilla - She’s Cookin’ - Thanks very much for visiting and lovely comment, Priscilla! Haha…yes, my hubby is cute like me! :D

@Debbie - Thanks very much for visiting and lovely comment, Debbie! Hope you make a visit here :D Summer will be from June-Sept.

@My Kitchen in the Rockies - Thanks very much for visiting and lovely comment! :D Wow…that’s high! Do you go and climb those high mountains? Must be tough to climb.

@Nate @ House of Annie - Thanks very much, Nate! :D

@Cheah - Maybe next time you can come further north to Aberdeen…just need to wear thicker :D Hope our families can meet up one day.

@Biren @ Roti n Rice - Must be so awesome to go hiking there. Looks like you don’t do so much hiking now. Must be very busy with the boys. Yes, Scotland is very beautiful :D

My Kitchen in the Rockies  on October 5th, 2010

Yes, my husband and son have climbed several. They love it!

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