The 3,196ft / 974m Ben Lomond mountain is on
the more remote east side of Loch Lomond in
central Scotland, 29 miles north of Glasgow.
Postcode: FK8 3TR
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Large Hiking OS
The Image top is from the Rowardennan Hotel
Gardens, best place to get a good view of Ben
Lomond. That is the large Car Park below the
Mountain at the Rowardennan Pier.
This is the most Hiked Mountain in Scotland,
as it is the furthest south of the Mountains
over 3,000 feet, known as Munros.
At busy times the Car Park can be full,
there is also a pay Car Park at the Hotel.
There are two routes to Ben Lomond from this
Car Park, the main Tourist Route, and the much
tougher Ptarmigan Route that goes up over the
Pointy Hill just left of Ben Lomond.
The Tourist Trail starts just right of the
White Building in the Car Park, with two Posts
showing the Trail.
The First Section is up through Woodland,
with a few steep Rocky Sections.
The Second Section is out on the Mountain
Side, up a fairly steep winding path.
The Third Section is the easiest, over 1
mile of a steady incline.
The Fourth and Top Section is the steepest,
if you are reasonably fit, it takes about 3
hours to the top. If you are not very fit, best
to try a 1,000 foot hill first.
The images of the top show this is quite a
small space, so an Ice Axe and Spikes are
needed in Ice or Snow, as not far to slide till
you are over a cliff.
The view from the Trig Point is looking
south back down the tourist trail over Loch
Loch Lomond is the largest Loch in Scotland
by surface area.
from the Top.
from the top of the Ptarmigan Route.
The Images Back down the Tourist Route show
its a long way back down.
The backs of the legs get punished on the
route up, fronts and knees get punished on the
route back down.
Back at the Car Park you can view the
National Park Memorial at the north end of the
Car Park. This memorial was erected in
By the Memorial are two small Beaches, ideal
for cooling the feet down after a tough
The Rowardennan Hotel is
about 300 yards south of the Car Park, ideal
for drinks and meals, with a large Beer
The Rowardennan Pier is where you can take
Boat Trips across to Luss and
Tarbet. Some Hikers park at Tarbet, get the
Boat across, Hike Ben Lomond, then take the
Leisure is next to the Hotel, with a number
of Water Sports.