Ben Lomond

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"It is an isolated position at the southern edge of the Highlands makes Ben Lomond a conspicuous feature from many viewpoints, and from its summit there is an extensive view of both the Highlands and the lowlands of Scotland. Although the mountain, from many angles appears to be quite pointed, the summit is in fact a short level ridge curving round the head of the north east corrie. Southwards the mountain throws out a broad grassy ridge towards the forest above Rowardennan, and this part of the mountain, above the forest, is National Trust for Scotland territory. To the north, an extensive tract of featureless moorland extends towards Loch Arklet, and to the west, below the outlying spur called Ptarmigan, the Ben drops steeply in grand wooded crags to Loch Lomond.

The 'tourist route' starts at Rowardennan Hotel or alternitivly at the car park at the end of the public road just beyond the hotel. A broad path leads NorthEast through the forest to emerge onto the grassy lower slopes of the south ridge. The path continues up to the level middle part of this ridge and north along its broad crest, giving delightfully easy walking. In due course, the steeper cone of the summit is reached, and the path zig zags up the stony hillside, bearing towards the NorthEast to reach the summit ridge, which is followed NorthWest over a few small bumps to reach the top.

Elevation (feet): 3,195
Elevation (meters): 974
Continent: Europe
Country: United Kingdom
Range/Region: Scottish Highlands
Latitude: 56.188765
Longitude: -4.630137
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: Aug, Sep
Nearest major airport: Glasgow Airport
Convenient Center: Luss and Rowerdennan Hotel

Thanks to Kevin Woods and Terrill Thompson for contributing to these details. (View history)

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 2 trip reports for Ben Lomond.

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  • Log #18667 - by Anon. on June 12, 2004
    We parked our people-carrier outside Rowardennan and hiked up thjrough the forest at the foot of Lomond. Luckily, it was good weather for my first Munro. We carried on upwards watching senery as we...
  • Log #18668 - by Bob Dob on Feb 29, 2004
    This was mild winter ascent. We did it on ski but you can do it on snowshoes or snowmobile if you are that type.