Ben Lomond | Scotland, UK, 2005


Overlooking Loch Lomond

Distance :  7.5 miles (12 km)

Avg.Time :  5 hours

Start / Finish :

  • Rowardennan car park
  • Approximately one hour’s drive from Glasgow to the trailhead.
  • During the summer months there is a ferry from Tarbert Pier to Rowardennan. Tarbert is accessible by regular bus services from Glasgow.

Season :

  • All year. Ice axe and crampons may be needed in winter.
  • May to September offers your best chance of fine weather.

Tourist path to the summit.


Summit of Ben Lomond

Maps / Info :


Rach with Loch Lomond in the background.

Route / Conditions :

  • I recommend taking the wide and easy to follow ‘tourist path’ on the ascent. If the weather is good, try the more challenging Ptarmigan track on the way down.
  • Double check the forecast before setting out. Scottish weather is notoriously unpredictable irrespective of the season.

Overview :

  • Fantastic views over Loch Lomond in fine weather.
  • After finishing your walk, you can stop in for a pint or two at the Rowardennan Hotel. This holds doubly true if you have been splashing about in wet weather. As a wise Scotsman once said, “It never rains in the pub.”

Descending via the Ptarmigan track.


Descending via the Ptarmigan track.

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