Ben Lomond

Ben Lomond and Ptarmigan

It's at NN367029 if you're looking at the Ordnance Survey map - on the east shore of Loch Lomond, 25 miles from Glasgow, 105 miles from Edinburgh, 160 miles from Aberdeen and 370 miles from London if you're lost!

Ben Lomond from TarbetBen Lomond from The Cobbler
Ben Lomond from Tarbet Ben Lomond from the Cobbler

Ben Lomond is probably one of the best known mountains in the UK, partly because of its association with the well known song about the loch, and partly because it is such a beautiful mountain in the heart of beautiful countryside.

The Ben is 3156 feet (961 metres) in height. From the summit you can see Ben Nevis, Goat Fell on Arran in the Clyde estuary, the Firth of Forth, The Paps of Jura and the distant hills of Scotland's Southern Uplands.

The 'Easy route' up the Ben from Rowardennan entails a walk up of just under 4 miles to the summit - and of course the same distance again if returning by the same route. The smaller hill between Ben Lomond and Loch Lomond is Ptarmigan. Providing the walker is not averse to a little easy scrambling, the return to Rowardennan can be made via Ptarmigan to give a round trip of about 7 miles. An 8 mile ascent can be made from Loch Ard if you want to suffer!

The walk up Ben Lomond provides some of the best views of Loch Lomond and its wonderful collection of small islands.

If you're an ardent hillwalker you'll find a great selection of walks HERE

 

 

 

 

Steamer at Loch Lomond pier