Ben Lomond, Loch Lomond

Ben Lomond, Loch Lomond, Scotland

This evening, I am focusing on Ben Lomond, one of Scotland’s more famous mountains. Some key facts:

  • Ben is Gaelic for mountain. Many of Scotland’s mountains are  named with this prefix, e.g. Ben Nevis which is Britain’s tallest mountain.
  • Located in S.W. Scotland about 1 hour from Glasgow.
  • Height is 974 metres or 3195 feet. Not high on a world scale but Scotland’s mountains are extremely ancient and have been worn down over millennia by erosion and numerous ice-ages. Ben Lomond qualifies as a ‘Munro’ -a mountain of 3000 ft or higher.
  • The name is thought to mean ‘Beacon Hill’ , because of its command of the local landscape. The appearance of the top section as a conical hill is deceptive; the summit is in fact a  curved short level ridge.
  • The mountain is climeable-I have done it-with round trip taking about 5 hours. On a  clear day the views from the top are extensive in all directions.
  • Loch Lomond (one of Scotland’s largest lochs) takes its name from the mountain. This loch (lake) is 22.5 miles/36km long.

Above and below are presented images of the mountain in various seasons. The image at foot of this page illustrates how Ben Lomond dominates the local landscape; image was taken from Dumbarton some 15 miles/24km away.

Ben Lomond, Loch Lomond

Ben Lomond, Loch Lomond, Scotland

Ben Lomond, Scotland

Ben Lomond, Scotland, in winter

Ben Lomond, Scotland

Ben Lomond, Scotland from Dunbarton

Elsewhere today, I have finished scripting a new batch of web pages for my main site and been engaged in further correspondence with a lady seeking a private tour of U.K. during the autumn/fall.

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