Ben Lomond

Hiking in Eastern Shore

Standing guard over the eastern shore of Loch Lomond is Ben Lomond (974m), Scotland's most southerly Munro. It's a popular climb: most follow the Tourist Route up and down from Rowardennan car park. It’s a straightforward route on a well-used and maintained path; allow five hours for the 7-mile round trip.

The Ptarmigan Route is less crowded and has better views, following a narrow but clearly defined path up the western flank, directly overlooking the loch, to a curving ridge leading to the summit. You can then descend via the Tourist Route, making this option a satisfying circuit.

To find the start of the Ptarmigan path, head north from Rowardennan car park 600m, past the SYHA hostel; cross the bridge after Ben Lomond Cottage and immediately turn right along a path through the trees. The route is then easy to follow.