For those looking for a more challenging walk the C.I.C is the highest mountain hut in the British Isles, 680m above sea level, based at the foot of the North Face of Ben Nevis. Please note it is a private and locked mountain hut for mountaineers, owned by the Scottish Mountaineering Club so no facilities are available.
The hut was erected in 1928 by Dr and Mrs Inglis Clark in memory of their son Charles Inglis Clark who was killed in action in the 1914-1918 war. The original building was extensively refurbished and extended between 2008 and 2012. Please respect the privacy of those staying at the hut. The hut stands at the foot of Tower Ridge, a classic mountaineering route for those with the climbing skills and equipment.
The focal point of this out and back walk to the CIC Hut is viewing the extraordinary North Face of Ben Nevis, its cliffs rising some 700 metres towards the summit. A breathtaking view not seen by walkers who ascend the summit of Ben Nevis from Glen Nevis by the Mountain Track, also known as the Pony Track and Tourist Path locally. It is possible to walk a short distance beyond the hut up into the bowl of Coire Leis, giving changing views on the spectacular cliffs of the North Face. With binoculars it is often possible to watch climbers making ascents of the countless mountaineering routes.
From the North Face car park to walk to the CIC Hut, it can take over 2 hours if you’re relatively fit. So out and back it can be a full days adventure, so care should be taken in winter with shorter daylight hours. Ensure you’re properly equipped for a mountain walk including head torches if you get caught out and it becomes dark.
For a full route description of this walk, visit the Walk Highlands website
For more info on the CIC Hut, visit the Scottish Mountaineering Club’s website