Charles Inglis Clark (C.I.C.) Memorial Hut, Ben Nevis

Availability calendar- Winter 2017/18

This availability calendar is not updated in real-time so is indicative only. Enquires to stay in the hut must always be made in advance by contacting the custodian who will also be able to advise on minimum group size.

  • This availability calendar will be kept updated throughout the Winter season.
    (Outwith the Winter season the hut is rarely fully booked.)
  • Recent climbs, conditions and pictures can be found on the CIC Hut Facebook page
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Last updated: 14 Nov 2017
  • Available
  • 10+ spaces
  • 5 - 9 spaces
  • < 5 spaces
  • Full

The hut was erected in 1928/9 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.

The C.I.C. Hut is situated on the north side of Ben Nevis by the Allt a'Mhuilinn at 680m (NN 1671 7222). Access to the hut by the Allt a'Mhuilinn is permitted by Rio Tinto Alcan Smelting (owners of the cliff side of the mountain).

There is accommodation for 24 persons on Alpine platforms with mattresses. During the Winter six places are reserved each weekend for Members and their guests. Cooking and heating are by propane gas; lighting is electric (wind turbine). There are a few power socket outlets that can be used for mobile phone chargers (reception for all major networks can be found on the downhill side of the hut) and other low power appliances. The hut has a drying room and two composting toilets (for hut occupants' use only). Water is taken from the outside standpipe.

The hut is in high demand throughout the winter season, thus bookings should be made well in advance to secure bunks.

The CIC Hut has a variable nightly rate:

  • £20 per person per night - December to April (inclusive).
  • £15 per person per night - May to November (inclusive).

cic hut april 2011
Modifications to the CIC Hut almost complete - April 2011
(Photo Copyright Ken Crocket 2011)

The Clark family, of Edinburgh, are worth a book to themselves; all of them were very competent mountaineers. The hut was built as a wooden internal construction with a stone outer shell, there being an air space between the two. Originally a coal stove was used for heating and cooking, fuel being taken up by pony. Now propane gas cylinders are helicoptered in every year. For a fuller story, see Chapter Five in the new Ben Nevis History.

The three gentlemen above represent almost 40 years of custodianship at the CIC Hut; from left to right: Robin Clothier (1995 to date); Bob Richardson (1980-95); Gerry Peet (1967-80).

Applications to stay at the hut should be addressed to the Honorary Custodian: Robin Clothier


Bookings from other clubs will only be considered for parties of between three and eight persons (inclusive) during the winter season (December to April).