Walk 3009 - printer friendly version
Ben Lomond from Loch Lomond Walk
Author - Lou Johnson
Length - 7.5 miles / 12.2 km
Ascent - 3160 feet / 958 metres
Grade - mod/hard
Start - OS grid reference NS358986
Lat 56.15173 + Long -4.6449969
Postcode G63 0AR (approx. location only)
This walk is justifiably popular offering excellent views on fine days especially over Loch Lomond. The path is well maintained with an ascent taking about 3 hours with the descent usually completed in about 2 hours. This route is popular especially at weekends and when the weather is fine so an early start is to be advised if you want to park at Rowardennan.
The start is the car park at Rowardennan Pier (Grid ref NS358986). This is reached by the lochside road from Drymen. Alternatively you may park at Inverbeg on the western shore of Loch Lomond and take the summer only ferry to Rowardennan.
From the car park take the signed path to 'Ben Lomond' that starts behind the toilets. Climbing on a well maintained path through the forest you reach the open hillside (Grid ref. NS 371991). The views have started to improve and you begin to get some idea of the size of Loch Lomond and realise that it has many small islands.
The next objective is Sron Aonaich which is reached after a steeper section of path. Again there is an incremental improvement in the view with the Trossachs and the Arrochar Alps now included in a superb panorama. The gradient eases for a while until you reach the foot of the ridge that runs southeast from Ben Lomond's summit. This final section of steep uphill work as a complete 360 degree panorama starts to form. All that remains is the fairly gentle final section to reach the summit at 3194 ft. above sea level.
The return route follows the outward path with the views in front of you for the whole descent.