Lonely Planet Writer

Ben Nevis now officially taller: Scottish mountain grows a metre since it was last measured

Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain, is now one metre taller, after Ordnance Survey, the UK’s official mapping agency, remeasured the peak using the latest GPS technology.

Ben Nevis, Scotland.
Ben Nevis, Scotland. Image by Ingo Ronner / CC BY 2.0

Ben Nevis, near Fort William in Scotland, was last measured at 1,344m in 1949 and, at the time, the task took three weeks to complete owing to the fact that heavy equipment had to be carried up the mountain and neighbouring peaks. While the measurements of today’s more accurate tools only showed a few centimetres difference, this was enough for the official height of the mountain to be rounded up to 1,345m, rather than down. Read more: bbc.co.uk