I had been meaning to do Ben Lomond for years, but somehow never quite got around to it. This is not a difficult Munro by any standards, as evidenced by the swarms of people meandering up and down the mountainside – like ants climbing an anthill, or termites on a termite mound.
As we started out, the weather was beautiful: sunshine, not overly warm, and great visibility. A great day for a Munro! It was incredibly muddy at the start of the walk however, and at times felt a bit like we were walking up a river. Aside from that the ascent was straightforward and the views over Loch Lomond were superb.
Given the unremarkable ascent, I will write instead about the friendly dog we met. He was running back and forth so much, he must have done the Munro twice by the time we reached the top. Sadly, I don’t have a photo.
We reached the summit and stopped for lunch. It was the busiest summit of a Munro I have ever seen. The cloud was closing in though, which sent a good proportion of people scurrying back down. It was still far too busy to really enjoy, so we moved on.
Choosing not to return by the same path, we instead took the (very slightly) more challenging route and descended to the north-west of the Munro. It is a much longer route, but the views stretch out over Loch Lomond for near-enough the entire descent so well worth the time. There were also significantly fewer tourists cluttering the mountainside.
A picture of Ben Lomond
On the way back to the car we came across a giant outdoor picture frame, capturing the summit of Ben Lomond. The rangers at the centre offered us a ladder so we could photograph ourselves in, which was obviously an imperative.
A great end to a great day out.