Dog on summit of Ben Lomond, 3116 feet, Scotland

Today, I took advantage of an ideal combination of weather conditions comprising bright sunlight, no precipitation, temperature around minus 2 C, negligible wind and a light covering of snow about 2000 feet to climb a Scottish mountain named Ben Lomond.

Ben Lomond is located to the east of Loch Lomond, a 24 mile/39 km long lake, about 30 miles north of Glasgow in S.W. Scotland. The mountain reaches a height of 3116 feet/ 950 metres. Scottish mountains exceeding 3000 feet in height are known as ‘munros’.

Ascents of Ben Lomond usually start at Rowardennan, about half way along Loch Lomond on the east side. I went up by the sharp, steep route known as the Ptarmigan (named after a bird) and descended via the slightly easier going main route. The round trip took about seven hours and proved very satisfying with multiple photo opportunities, as illustrated below.

Video clip of Ben Lomond and Loch Lomond taken near summit on main route up.

Loch Lomond from near summit of Ben Lomond, Scotland

View south from near peak of Ben Lomond

Peak of Ben Lomond from Ptarmigan Route

Loch Lomond from west side of Ben Lomond

Icicles on Ben Lomond, Scotland

Loch Lomond-North with Mountains

Video clip of Loch Lomond and mountains to west taken from Ptarmigan route up Ben Lomond

Ptarmigan Route, Ben Lomond, Scotland

View of Tarbet and West of Scotland Mountains from Ben Lomond

Climbers ascending Ptarmigan Route, Ben Lomond

Loch Lomond from Ptarmigan Route, Ben Lomond

Loch Lomond from Ptarmigan Route, Ben Lomond, Scotland

Inverbeg and Loch Lomond from Rowardennan, Scotland

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