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
Ben Lomond, Argyll and Bute ©Alamy

1. Lake shore

The route starts near the small pier at Rowardennan car park and follows a track north-east up through the woods, with some potentially slippery rocks to negotiate before you rise above the treeline.

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.

Loch Lomond, Scotland
Loch Lomond, Scotland ©Getty

3. Adventurous option

On a clear day you should be able to see a wealth of peaks, including Ben Cruachan, Ben Lui, Ben Nevis, and even Goat Fell on the Isle of Arran. You can descend the same way for ease, or attempt the slightly more adventurous route down the “ptarmigan” ridge, which follows the natural line of the hill back down to the side of the loch.


Click on the map below for an interactive version of the route.

Ben Lomond map