Ben Nevis online reviews generate smiles but a warning too

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Local MSP Kate Forbes says while recent media coverage of amusing reviews of Ben Nevis on the TripAdvisor website over recent years made her smile along with many others, she warns that mountains such as Britain’s highest need to be respected.

The overwhelming bulk of reviews for the 1,345 metre-tall mountain rate it as ‘excellent’, but included in the reviews are moans about how steep it is, the poor 4G signal and lack of facilities such as a cafe at the summit.

Jimmy L, writing on the TripAdvisor website in 2016, said the Ben Nevis climb was ‘boring and unimaginative,’ and he also complained that he couldn’t see anything from the top either.

Ms  Forbes, MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, told us: ‘It is hard to argue with these reviews – Ben Nevis is high, steep and doesn’t have facilities at the top because it is a mountain. It’s not a leisure facility.

‘Mountain Rescue will no doubt testify to how serious this mountain is and how easy it is for hikers and climbers to get into difficulty if they are not prepared.

‘Mountains deserve to be respected. As amusing as these reviews are – and they certainly had me in stitches – they remind us that our Highland hills are not for the unprepared.’