BEN LOMOND

974 metres, is a mountain in the Scottish Highlands. Situated on the eastern shore of Loch Lomond, it is the most southerly of the Munros. It is also recommended as one of the top 10 first munros to climb, now in saying that, if you have never walked or climbed before, this would be a tough walk.

 

POSTCODE ROWARDENNAN, STIRLING, GLASGOW G63 0AR (approx. location only)


ASCENT WE CLIMBED- 1006M


8 MILES RETURN


TIME- TOOK US 3.5 UP AND 2.5 DOWN WITH STOPS


MAP AND COMPASS ALWAYS RECOMMENDED, IN GOOD WEATHER THE PATH IS VERY EASY TO FOLLOW, BUT THIS IS A MOUNTAIN AND VISDABILITY CAN CHANGE.

 

We have had Ben Lomond on our list since we passed it on the West Highland Way, Loch Lomond was our favourie place to walk. As we were staying close by and we have good weather ( I say good but it was the best day of the week with low winds) we thought we had the perfect chance.

We arrived there later than expected, and set off just before 1pm, we were going to take is easy as Dad had been off his feet for two weeks with a bad leg, then I had pulled my back the week before, plus with Ariya only being 5 we never know if she is going to struggle, so we plan walks but have a back up to turn around if we ever need too.


The car park was £3 all day which is a bargain, its a large car park but at Weekends it is really busy, we parked fine luckily. There is a tourist information and toilets at the start.




The route leads from the car park on a well maintained stone path through the forest.








The path continues to rise steeper the higher up the forest you get, it is easy to follow, with a couple of rockier sections. Dont forget to look back as the views open up over Loch Lomond.





We found the first section the steepest, you climb too approx 570m all rising from ground level. Once at the top its worth stopping for a snack and again admiring the views, its well deserved and you are half way.

The next section is pretty level for a while so its a nice walk, it starts rising very gently. You still from this point can not see the summit trig point.







One point to remember is the weather can change at any point, we got 3/4 of the way and spotted the snow cloud coming over in the distance. We decided to stop before the final climb and see how bad it was, we are never ashamed to turn around as safety comes first. At this point Ariya was still going good, no complaints and when we said we may turn around she was the one who said '' Urmmm no mum the summit is right up this path,. we cant turn around now''

Luckily the cloud passed over and the sun shone again. So off we went up the next climb up.




This is the final steep climb up, dont get me wrong it may be classed as a easy munro but you start at ground level, its still a tough climb.

We still found this section quicker and easier than the first 500m ascent..Its still a great path.








Once at the summit you have to walk the ridge to get to the trig point, the path is narrow in sections with some rockier steps to climb over, nothing technical but i can imagine in poor weather it would be difficult.

The views we had were amazing, as far as the Ben Nevis range could be seen.

The final section rises to the trig point.





YAYYYYYY WE DID IT, IT TOOK 3.5 HOURS TO REACH THE SUMMIT WITH SOME STOPS ALONG THE WAY. IT DOES FEEL WORTH THE HUFFING AND PUFFING WHEN YOU REACH THE TOP, ARIYA PROUDLY TOLD US IT WAS EASY AND HER FEET ARE NOT EVEN HURTING.

WE STOPPED FOR A DRINK AND SNACK READY FOR THE 4 MILE TREK BACK TOO THE CAR, WHICH DID FEEL LIKE SO MUCH LONGER THAT WALKING UP HILL.









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