Ben Lomond Hike

Where: Ben Lomond, by Loch Lomond in central Scotland
Height: 3,196 ft, 974m
Distance: ?

Ben Lomond is situated on the east side of Loch Lomond, 29 miles north of Glasgow.

The image below is from Luss on the west side of Loch Lomond, looking across the loch to Ben Lomond. This is the best area to get views of the mountain. The white line roughly shows the path that runs all the way to the top from the Rowardennan car park, at the Rowardennan pier.

Ben Lomond from Luss image

The image below is from the Rowardennan Hotel looking at Ben Lomond behind. This is the only place on the east side of the loch you get a good view of Ben Lomond. The hiking car park is situated a few hundred yards up the road past the hotel, at the Rowardennan Pier. The road ends at the pier car park, there is only a path that leads on from there. The West Highland Way follows that path.

The Tourist Trail up Ben Lomond starts from next to the pier car park, with good signs where the trail starts.

Ben Lomond from the Rowardennan Hotel image

The Map below shows the two trails to the top of Ben Lomond. The trail with the blue and white dots is the Tourist Trail. This is a man made track all the way to the top.

The trail with the green and yellow dots is the tougher route over the rocky 2,398 ft Ptarmigan. Green and red dots show steep sections.

The Tourist Trail is in four sections, the first is steep in places up through the woodland, the second is a fairly steep winding path from the top of the woodland up to the long ridge, the third is an easy hike along the long ridge with good views over Loch Lomond, the final section is from the end of the long ridge up the steepest part to the summit. The final section has a part that is not far off rock climbing.

Make sure and take an Ordnance Survey Map and Compass on these hikes, and know how to use them, as in cloud, these mountains can be deadly. In Winter, make sure you have Crampons and an Ice Axe, and know how to use them.

Hill Walking Map

Ben Lomond Photo Tour

Ben Lomond Map image