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Ben Lomond

Ben Lomond

Length
12.1 Kms
Elevation gain
774 m
Max elevation
931 m
Difficulty
*****
Rating
****
Type
Loop
Route id
540
Main road
0 Kms
Country road
0 Kms
Dirt road
0.5 Kms
Dirt path
0 Kms
Trail
11.6 Kms
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What a glorious run this is and one that is going to hurt your legs unless you are already a serious hill runner.
The most common way of running Ben Lomond is a straight out and back on the main walking path, this route however is the loop. We decided to tackle Ben Lomond by going up the smaller path on the west side and descending on the main walkers path. The reason for this choice was the smaller path has some scrambling sections that make a downhill run difficult.
From the car park you head north up the loch path. You take the small path to the right labelled 'Ptarmingan path' by a stone, which is just after the Loch Lomond bunk house. Once on the path it's a relentless uphill to the top. That said, it is well worth stopping to catch your breath and take in the views every so often. This is a spectacular ascent in terms of the views offered.
The path itself is well formed and generally this path to the top has far fewer people on it that the main route. On our last ascent in May we passed only one hill walker. You are very quickly out off the trees and the steepness of the route is hard going for the first
4 Kms
with the path quality remaining good. At
4 Kms
the path flattens out a little before you hit the last km where a fair bit of scrambling over the rocks is required.
The top of Ben Lomond comes at you all of a sudden taking this route, one second you are scrambling up a rock the next you are beside the trig point marking the summit. Ben Lomond is a very popular hill walking route and you can expect to meet people at this point.
The downhill on the main path is a well made path and is a mix of steep and not so steep. As parts of the path are all stone it can get very slippy so take care and also watch out for all the hill walkers. Most hill walkers step to the side to let you past, but there's always the chance they don't see you. The path is easy to follow and takes you back to the information centre at the car park with the last
1.5 Kms
of the route being in the trees.
Overall although our legs hurt for a few days after this run it was so worth it. If you can make it, try starting this route as early as you can to avoid the crowds and of course avoiding weekends. We would recommend before 7:30 am. Enjoy this one, but take extra care.
Route directions
Kms
1
Rowerdennan car park

0
2
Turn left along the main north path

0.1
3
Road forks to the right

0.5
4
Take the small path on the right

0.9
5
And more uphill

2.4
6
Not so steep for about 1Km

4.1
7
Some scrambling to the top

5.2
8
And now all the way down to the car park

5.9
9
Into the tree line

10.5
10
Across larger path

11.6
11
Through the information centre

12.1
12
And finish

12.1
Rowerdennan car park
Ben Lomond. Tourist center and toilets in the background
Tourist center and toilets in the background
Rowerdennan car park
Ben Lomond. Beautiful place for a car park
Beautiful place for a car park
Rowerdennan car park
Ben Lomond. All this for only 3 GBP per day
All this for only 3 GBP per day
Shore at car park
Ben Lomond. Careful - this water is cery cold.
Careful - this water is cery cold.
Shore at car park
Ben Lomond. Looking up the loch
Looking up the loch
The initial road section
Ben Lomond. Just out of the car park and along the loch
Just out of the car park and along the loch
The initial road section
Ben Lomond. Running alongside the loch
Running alongside the loch
The start of the Ptarmingan path
Ben Lomond. The turning on right just after bunk house
The turning on right just after bunk house
First part of ascent
Ben Lomond. Quickly getting nice views
Quickly getting nice views
First part of ascent
Ben Lomond. Clearing the tree line
Clearing the tree line
First part of ascent
Ben Lomond. Scottish bluebells
Scottish bluebells
View down Loch Lomond
Ben Lomond. In the sunshine, what a place
In the sunshine, what a place
Higher up the hill
Ben Lomond. The views keep getting better
The views keep getting better
Higher up the hill
Ben Lomond. This hill seems to go up and up forever
This hill seems to go up and up forever
Ben Lomond appears in cloud
Ben Lomond. Initial views of the Ben, in cloud that is
Initial views of the Ben, in cloud that is
Loch Lomond
Ben Lomond. The loch stretching out before you
The loch stretching out before you
Loch Lomond
Ben Lomond. Taking a moment to see how far you have climbed
Taking a moment to see how far you have climbed
Approaching the top
Ben Lomond. Some scrabble sections ahead
Some scrabble sections ahead
The top
Ben Lomond. Large flattish area
Large flattish area
The top
Ben Lomond. Looking for near the top down the return path
Looking for near the top down the return path
The top
Ben Lomond. Initial path off the top
Initial path off the top
The top
Ben Lomond. From the top towards the loch
From the top towards the loch
About half way down
Ben Lomond. Looking back at the ben
Looking back at the ben
About half way down
Ben Lomond. The remaining path ahead
The remaining path ahead
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