Ben Lomond is the most climbed of the Munros (Scottish mountains over 914m), not only because it’s the most southerly, but also because of the direct ascent to its 974m summit. Climb north up the tourist path from Rowardennan, then either retrace your ascent route or take the rougher return along Ptarmigan Ridge to the west. It is a tall hill, so bring clothing and supplies for any eventuality.
Ben Lomond, Argyll and Bute (©Alamy)
1. Lake shore
Start near the small pier at Rowardennan car park and follow a track north-east up through woodland.
2. Highland views
Once out of the woods, follow the obvious ridge towards the summit. On a clear day you can see a wealth of peaks, including Ben Nevis and the Isle of Arran’s Goat Fell.
3. Adventurous option
Descend the same way for ease, or attempt the slightly more adventurous route down Ptarmigan Ridge, which follows the natural line of the hill back down to the side of the loch.