Pets allowed
Allowed
Elevation Gain
3,425.00 ft (1,043.94 m)
Trail type
There-and-back
Distance
8.04 mi (12.94 km)
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The Scottish Highlands are the perfect place to experience Scottish hillwalking and to take in the beauty of the Munros—Scottish mountains over 3,000 feet. With a drive of less than 2 hours from the capital city of Edinburgh, the hike to the summit of Ben Lomond is a moderate 8-mile trek that promises great views of the famed Loch Lomond. Located near Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, Ben Lomond is the southernmost of the park’s 21 Munros. Listed as one of the five easiest Munros, this trip is a great introduction to the local sport of “Munro-bagging.”

The most commonly used trail to the summit is along the south ridge. Beginning from the Rowardennan car park, you’ll find the trailhead sign opposite the road. You’ll begin with a pleasant path through dense and lush foliage before gaining elevation. The well-maintained trail will continue to steadily climb, passing through a series of gates, until above the treeline, where you will be rewarded with fantastic views of the surrounding hillsides and Loch Lomond to the west. 

After about 2 miles, the trail becomes open and exposed with great green vistas on either side. Be prepared, however, as shelter from sun, wind, or rain beyond this point is minimal. The final climb to the summit includes some rockier terrain and a bit of mud in wetter weather. You’ll find a large marker at the summit, and if the weather permits an excellent view! Return to the car park via the South Ridge Trail or continue past the summit to descend the more difficult Ptarmigan Ridge. 

No trip to Scotland is complete without taking a walk. Not only are there 227 Munros to climb, but there’s also the highly accessible, 134-mile John Muir Way or Arthur’s Seat in the heart of Edinburgh. The country’s vast beauty and excellent access to walking paths makes it easy to find an adventure wherever you end up. For more information on visiting Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park and its 21 Munros, head to www.lochlomond-trossachs.org.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Summer
Spring
Fall

Congestion

Low

Parking Pass

Parking fee per vehicule

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

Great views. Gradual climb. Chance of sheep.

Cons

High chance of moisture. Exposed above treeline.

Trailhead Elevation

20.00 ft (6.10 m)

Highest point

3,196.00 ft (974.14 m)

Net Elevation Gain

3,176.00 ft (968.04 m)

Features

Flushing toilets
Near lake or river
Big vistas

Typically multi-day

No

Permit required

No

Location

Field Guide

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