Charles Inglis Clark (C.I.C.) Memorial Hut

Huts Opening Update - 26/04/2021

From Monday 17th May, the CIC. Hut will reopen only for SMC members and their household inline with Scottish Government regulation and guidance from MS and the BMC. At first this will be for 2 households upto 4 adults, booking will only for the period Friday to Monday with Tuesday to Thursday closed. Before booking please check the calendar booking to see if there is any availablly. SMC members will be required to provide track and trace details and will be sent information about hut usage during this period. We hope to open the huts to non-members as soon as we are able.

About The C.I.C.

Arguably the only alpine-style mountain hut in the UK, the C.I.C. hut provides shelter from some extremely harsh weather. It gives unparalleled access to summer and winter climbing on the North Face of Ben Nevis.


Ben Nevis North Face, Lochaber
( NN 16738 72233 )

Getting there

The approach to the hut involves travel in mountainous terrain. Users of the hut, especially in Winter, should ensure they are suitably equiped and skilled for the conditions.

The most direct approach to the hut is from the Foresty Commission Scotland's North Face car park near Torlundy. Follow the way-marked North Face Trail then continue, approximately south-eastward, briefly on a track and then onto a good path that roughly shadows the Allt a'Mhuillin.

North Face Car Park


  • 24 beds (including 4 beds reserved for members)
  • Gas cookers
  • Gas heating
  • Electric lighting
  • Power outlets for lower powered devices
  • Drying room
  • Composting toilet
  • Water accessable from standpipe outside (can freeze)


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

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


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.

Latest reports from the CIC hut can be found on its Facebook page:

Follow our webcam @CicWebCam on Twitter

Custodian Message

The wind level this year have been very low, with the batteries not fully charged. This may lead to no lighting. As soon as there is wind the Turbine will charge up the system.

Please note the booking calendar is update at least twice per week.

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.

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