Ben Lomond is one of the most popular Munros, rewarding the 30,000 people who make it to the top with fantastic views of the length of Loch Lomond and far into the hills to the north and the Trossachs to the east. The route has been well made, however the optional return down the Ptarmigan ridge can be muddy and is rocky in places making the going more difficult in poor visibility.
Clear path with some rocky sections on the alternative rougher return route. As with all mountain walks, full hillwalking clothing and equipment must be carried. If there is snow on the route this includes an ice-axe and crampons.
Start from the car park at Rowardennan where there is an information centre and toilets. The mountain is not in view from the car park but can be seen from the metal jetty on the loch shore. The ascent starts from a clearly marked path at the back of the information building. Climb steadily, through oak woods to start with and then through an area of cleared forestry where only the few silver birch trees remain at present. There are plans to regenerate the natural woodland along this stretch of the lochside and the felling seen here is part of that plan. After a short while cross a track and continue on the uphill path.
Hillwalking in WinterPlease note that hillwalking when there is snow lying requires an ice-axe, crampons and the knowledge, experience and skill to use them correctly. All route descriptions and difficulties given here are for summer conditions and may not be suitable in winter. See our Winter Essentials page for basic information on the skills, techniques and knowledge needed for winter hillwalking.
Rowardennan car park. Map and directions.
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