The Nevis Range Mountain Gondola – the only of its kind in Britain, was built on the mountain of Aonach Mor on the outskirts of Fort William originally as a way to transport skiers to the slopes. The Gondola is also widely used as a short cut by climbers to the many challenging winter routes and by paragliders and hangliders on their journey to the clouds.
However the Gondola is also an amazing visitor attraction in its own right, allowing visitors to enjoy the scenic ride, whilst absorbing the stunning views and clear mountain air, feeling fully refreshed on their journey back to firm ground!
The Gondolas transport visitors effortlessly from 100m up to 650m on the north face of Aonach Mor, the 8th highest mountain in Britain. The journey takes approximately 12 – 15 minutes each way, and each gondola can accommodate up to six people inside.
The journey allows breathtaking views of the Scottish Highlands, including the Great Glen, Ben Nevis, and surrounding areas. On a clear day this spectacular view can extend as far as the Inner Hebrides. Frequent visitors often remark that every visit to Nevis Range can be extremely different with the changing seasonal colours.
The Doppelmayr gondola system comprises of 80 six seater closed cabins running on a continuous 4.6km steel cable weighing 40 tons. The cable and gondolas are supported between 18 pylons, 2 masts, and 2 drive station structures each anchored in 200 tonnes of concrete.
The system spans 2.3km of the hillside from the base station at 300ft to the top station at 2150ft. There are specific ambulance, freight and service gondolas. The rated carrying capacity of the gondola system is 1700 persons per hour at any one time.