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Ben Lomond hike

Loch Lomond and The Trossachs
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Ben Lomond hike

Distance: 13.7km
Elevation: 1,017m
Time: 4-6h

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This walk up Ben Lomond goes up an extremely popular mountain, but it is well worth joining the masses for the superb views down to Loch Lomond and the surrounding hills. Opting for the Ptarmigan ridge on the descent makes for a quieter and more interesting return from the summit.

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Getting there

From Drymen take the B837 North to Balmaha. The road drives the east shores of Loch Lomond. After 16.9km arrive at the Rowardennan Hotel, where you can start the hike from if you are staying there, or a little over 200m later you’ll see the Ben Lomond car park. Parking costs £3.

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When to do

April to October

Backcountry Campsites

No

Toilets

Yes, at trailhead

Family friendly

No

Route Signage

Poor

Crowd Levels

High

Route Type

Loop


Ben Lomond
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Route Description for Ben Lomond

From the car park, head towards the toilets and the information centre, the path starts at the back of the building and is clearly marked. Follow the path as it climbs through the woods, crosses a wider track, and continues on up hill above the tree line. Once out of the woodland you will be able to look back and admire the views down to Loch Lomond.

The path crosses a small stream via a footbridge. Then, a little further up, you’ll pass through a gate and up onto the open farmland of the hillside. The path continues to steadily climb.

Eventually you’ll pass through a second gate, and from here Ben Lomond comes into view—weather permitting!

You’ll walk over a flat section before a final, steep switchback. The final section to the summit of Ben Lomond follows the wide ridge. After the final steep ascent, you’ll veer left and find the trig point at the summit.

The easiest option to descend is to retrace your steps. We prefer to follow the path that leads northwest from the summit, which is pretty much the opposite of your ascent route. This is a quieter, though steeper, route down.

The path descends steeply at first. It is an uneven and craggy path and you will need your hands to steady yourself in places.

After the initial descent the path crosses some stepping-stones, and then it climbs a short distance to the Ptarmigan ridge. You’ll follow the ridge for much of the descent. You will need to watch your footing during your descent.

You’ll drop off to the right of the ridge for the final leg. Pass through a couple of gates before entering the woods, you’ll bear left and follow the stream. This path emerges onto a minor road: turn left. You’re going to follow the road to return to the car park.

Check out more amazing walks in Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, like the Ben A’an, Ben Venue, or Loch Venachar.

Insider Hints

  • Don’t take the Ptarmigan ridge down in bad weather or with inexperienced hikers.

  • Rowardennan Hotel offers refreshments and bar meals (at the Clansman Bar) with super views across Loch Lomond.

  • The Rowardennan Lodge Youth Hostel offers a stunning location and pleasant accommodations for those on a budget.

  • You should stop off at one of the many shingle beaches on the road south and enjoy Loch Lomond from the shore.

Comments

Bret Yates 9 months ago

One of the most amazing hikes in the park for the exceptional views. It wasn't easy, but it is doable as long as you are in great physical condition.

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ShirleySyk 9 months ago

The hike was challenging and particularly steep at the end, however, well worth it with the most stunning views at the top

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Jordan Burke 2 years ago

This long and rigorous hike is extremely worth it. Really enjoyed the scenery up there.

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Ben Cammin 2 years ago

Great hike. The trail was challenging and steep. It was also rugged and rocky, so be careful. Wearing comfortable and sturdy shoes is necessary.

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Nick Jolas 2 years ago

Lots of mesmerizing views. The trail was very steep, and it's not suitable for small children for safety purposes.

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grahamjones 2 years ago

ben lomond hike was really memorable. the crowds were quite low as I went really early at that time. so it was a lot more enjoyable, a bit of solitude in some places.

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Jane 2 years ago

Ben Lomond hike was the best one we have done in Scotland so far. We really have seen some amazing views from the top.

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Iris Krukova 2 years ago

Ben Lomond hike wasn't as nice for me as some others I did here, but it does show some great spots and also it was the highest challenge for me in this area. So it was nice to reach the top. Very hard though.

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Minds 2 years ago

This was a spectacular hike. You really go high up. I loved it. Felt like I overcame the challenge. And after that the descent was beautiful. You see more scenery going down usually.

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