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Ben Lomond Hike

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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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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 Lomond.

Loch Lomond is the largest Loch in Scotland by surface area.

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Large Images 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 1997.

By the Memorial are two small Beaches, ideal for cooling the feet down after a tough hike.

The Rowardennan Hotel is about 300 yards south of the Car Park, ideal for drinks and meals, with a large Beer Garden.

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 Boat back.

Loch Lomond Leisure is next to the Hotel, with a number of Water Sports.


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