View west from summit of Ben Lomond, Scotland


This morning, with benefit of benign weather and visibility, I decided to climb Ben Lomond, a mountain on the east bank of Loch Lomond which reaches a height of 3196 feet or 974 metres.

Ben Lomond is classified as a ‘Munro’ which means it ranks as one the select group of 282 Scottish mountains with a height exceeding 3000 feet.

I ascended via the eastern route (aka ‘tourist path’) and descended via the  rocky Ptarmigan route which has a very steep gradient. Overall, I took 5 hours 30 minutes to cover the complete circular ascent and descent, starting and finishing at Rowardennan.

Ben Lomond is composed of a variety of rocks which include granite, mica, schist, porphyry and quartzite. The trail surface can be very slippery when wet and care is required.

At and close to the summit I encountered the season’s first ice and snow.

During my hike I noticed numerous types of grasses, lichens, mosses and heather. Peat bogs, streams and small lakes were also evident. In the lower reaches birch and oak trees were commonplace.

I encountered a flock of sheep grazing on the hillside during my descent.

The combination of scenery and visibility afforded some useful photo opportunities, as shown in this blog post.

Loch Lomond (north) from Rowardennan, Scotland

View west from ascent trail up Ben Lomond, Scotland

View of Loch Lomond and West from ascent of Ben Lomond, Scotland

‘Tourist Path’ ascent route up Ben Lomond, Scotland

View west during ascent of Ben Lomond

Ascending Ben Lomond via the ‘tourist path’ on east side.

View East from near summit of Ben Lomond, Scotland

Ptarmigan Ridge, Ben Lomond, Scotland

Runners descending the Ptarmigan Route on Ben Lomond, Scotland

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