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

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


  • 26 alpine beds with matress (4 beds reserved for smc members, booked in advance)
  • Full modern kitchen, with gas Oven and hobs.
  • Gas heating
  • Electric lighting
  • Power outlets for lower powered devices
  • Drying room
  • Composting toilet
  • Water accessable from standpipe outside (can freeze)


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

Note there are no refunds forr winter bookings.

Fee winter December to April £24,00 per person nights

Fee summer May to November £16.00 per person night nights

Applications to stay at the hut should be addressed to the 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:

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Custodian Message

An email will be sent 14 days detailing advice about hygiene, cleanliness, ventilation, etc.

All persons using the CIC are to sign in the huts register and record there climbs or walks.

Note: The forestry and land are carrying out works adjacent to north face car is closed, which may lead to reduced parkings..


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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