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Daily Mirror
Tim Hanlon

Tourist complains highest mountain in UK is 'far too steep and doesn't have any shops'

A tourist blasted the highest mountain in the British Isles for being "far too steep" and without "toilets or shops" for people wanting a break on their way to the summit.

Ben Nevis, located at the western end of the Grampian Mountains in the Highlands, is 4,411 feet above sea level and attracts more than 100,000 visitors a year, who travel from far and wide to attempt a climb up to the summit.

While Ben Nevis is among the most popular sights in Scotland, particularly amongst hikers and climbers, one recent visitor was less than thrilled by a visit to it.

In a one-star review on travel website TripAdvisor, they made a series of complaints that went from it being "far too steep" to it being "very slippery".

In a post on June 14, they wrote: "This is far too steep! The paths are uneven and could do with resurfacing and being levelled out.

"There are no toilets or shops on the route to/from the summit so nowhere to get a sandwich or some pop. There was also snow on the summit when we got there and it was very slippery with no signs of any grit bins!

"It’s only a matter of time before someone has an accident up there."

Experienced climbers and rescue teams continually give advice to people going up mountains in the UK warning them of the dangers from not preparing well, especially as the weather is unpredictable and can change quickly.

Other climbers gave the mountain rave reviews (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

And, with an average rating of 4.5 out of five on TripAdvisor based on 2,570 reviews, the significant majority of visitors to Ben Nevis are happy with their experience.

One recent five-star review reads: "Absolutely amazing day, very difficult climb but you just have to keep pushing! The visitor centre at the bottom is great for an ice cream!

"Felt a real sense of accomplishment afterwards! Advice - be prepared and take plenty of breaks. Also - have an ice bath afterwards!"

Meanwhile, a second states: "Ben Nevis is magnificent, the views are breathtaking, takes your mind to different places. It's 1,345 meters high, its well worth the climb but just be warned it's serious, it's a long hard slog, and believe it or not coming down is harder.

"We had great weather, but it can change fast."

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