Ben Lomond with Lynne

Ben Lomond being situated on the shores of Loch Lomond and closest to Glasgow is one of the most popular Munros in Scotland. On a clear day like this you get some fantastic views!

This climb of Ben Lomond in 2014, Lynne (my other half) accompanied me on her first Munro.

Munros are mountains in Scotland with heights over 3000ft (914.4m) of which there are currently 282 designated ones. Ben Lomond is one of these at 3196ft (974m).

Ben Lomond is one of the closest and easiest Munros for us to reach from Glasgow and I try and climb it at least 2 – 3 times a year.

For me, not only is it a great source of fitness and calorie burning, but it clears my mind from the many daily work and life pressures.

I’ve climbed to the summit of Ben Lomond in all weathers. From the extremes of hot unbearably uncomfortable summer days, where you are plagued by the dreaded Scottish midge. To the depths of winter where it’s time for wearing crampons and navigating through thick mist and fog in blizzard conditions with an ice axe for safely.

However, from time to time the conditions are perfect and, on this occasion with Lynne they were amazing.

It gave me an opportunity to actually get some pretty decent pictures showing the colour specrum that you can get in Scotland on special days like these and to enjoy a great day out together too.

I just hope that Lynne doesn’t think that all hill walking days in Scotland will have this weather, with her now being really keen and going out and buying brand new boots!

Ben Lomond

Lynne Lockier in Ben Lomond Car Park (Rowardennan)

So, let’s start out in the Car Park at 08:30am.

It’s nice and quiet if you make sure to get there early.

As this Munro is nearest to Glasgow it can get quite busy! Lynne is all ready and prepped.

Summit of Ben Lomond seen in the distance whilst ascending the path.

As we start the ascent on the traditional route its a beautiful morning.

The colours and sunlight on the surrounding hills and plant life are stunning.

As it’s early morning its still a little cool so we both still have our fleece jackets on.

Lynne Lockier sitting on a rock with view of Ben Lomond in the distance.

A quick stop to admire the view!

In the background you can see Ben Lomond.

The actual summit isn’t visible though. It’s behind what you can see from this angle.

View looking up Loch Lomond from the Ben Lomond path.

The sunlight reflecting off Loch Lomond made the colour seem really blue and kind of like a tropical sea.

I can assure you the water temperature certainly isn’t anywhere near that though.

More like 16Β°C/60.8Β°F at this time of year. Some people do swim in Loch Lomond and there are watersports activities too. We prefer warmer climates for that!

Red toadstools.

I’ve absolutely no idea what kind of variety these toadstools are. But they were very interesting and no doubt poisonous.

If anyone wants to comment and let any other readers know, please do!

All I know is I ain’t touching them πŸ˜‰

Lynne Lockier climbing a rocky part of the path.

There is a clear path all the way up. Well maintained and pretty easy to climb.

Lynne found this part a bit of a hurdle having never climbed a Munro before.

This is a little one in comparison to the one’s that are to come!

Lynne walking up a flat part of the Ben Lomond path.

Not all Munros have as defined paths.

Ben Lomond has on which is maintained by teams of volunteers.

Certainly most Munros don’t have flat parts like this either.

But it does gives you are great chance to admire the view and take a bit of a breather.

It was getting warmer now as you can see and our jackets were off!

View over to the east of Abhainn Gaoithe from path.

At the end of the flat bit you get a great view over to the East.

You can see Abhainn Gaoithe (the loch in the distance).

View South from path.

Panning the camera round and nearly directly into the rising sun in the South you get this South East view.

Its not often you get a full 365 view when walking up.

View looking south over Loch Lomond.

And looking back down the path followed from the car park.

This view is just before a harder climb.

You can see all the way down Loch Lomond.

Lynne sitting on path before final ascent.

At the foot of the part of the harder climb Lynne admitted that she “wanted to cry”.

And also a dog had apparently tried to “maul” her here?

What actually happened was the dog was really friendly and went to Lynne for some affection……….

View looking back down the path from near the summit.

Up the harder part we go!

I hear gnashing teeth and certain expletives which are unprintable in this happy blog.

Lynne looking out over view of hillside.

Lynne stops to survey “her” mountain.

Or tries to see if there’s a pub nearby!

Neil Lockier standing on Ben Lomond path on ascent.

Further up I nervously handed Lynne my camera.

Lynne immediately began snapping everything in sight, believing herself to be a member of the wild fauna paparazzi.

I quickly posed in order to retrieve my beloved camera.

View up Loch Lomond and of the  Crianlarich hills.

We’re getting quite high up now, pretty much at the summit and you can see the distant Munro’s of the Crianlarich hills, including Ben More.

Again these mountains are normally shrouded in mist or cloud.

So we were lucky we got a really excellent day for this climb.

Lynne Lockier. Completed Ben Lomond.

Not everything goes to plan when you’re hillwalking and on this occasion the summit photographs came out over-exposed.

I’m still learning to use my camera properly.

This one was taken on our descent, back down to the Car Park.

When you are hill walking you’re using muscles that you’ve probably never even heard of.

The next day Lynne felt that, but decided to buy herself a new pair of boots. Bravo!

We might not get much more walking done now together this year with winter descending on us, but hey, there’s always next year.

If you’ve enjoyed reading this then head over to my other post Skye Hillwalking. I’d love to hear any comments below. Thanks! πŸ™‚

8 Comments

  1. Erin @ Her Heartland Soul

    What beautiful views!

    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com

      Thank you very much Erin. Lynne and I were really lucky to have such great weather that day. πŸ™‚

  2. neil@neilshealthymeals.com

    Thanks for checking them out Liz.

    More planned for future. πŸ™‚

  3. Eva Taylor

    Gorgeous scenery! Thank you for “liking” my post on watermelon, feta and avocado salad.

    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com

      Thank you Eva, and thanks for the comment.

      I sat staring at that particular recipe of yours for quite a while. Such a clean looking, tasty salad!

  4. Shashi @ runninsrilankan

    Overexposed or not – there’s no denying the beauty on y’alls hike! Wow – simply breathtaking!!! Seeing am a new reader – I am looking forward to more of y’alls hike posts! Have a wonderful weekend! πŸ™‚

    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com

      Thank you Shashi, you have a great weekend too. πŸ˜€

  5. neil@neilshealthymeals.com

    Ah, the great outdoors Kelley, I love it! And thank you for your comments about the photographs. πŸ™‚

    We’d love to show you any of the Munros in Scotland, so make sure you give me a shout if you are ever over here!

    Feedback always welcome on any of my recipes have a great weekend! πŸ˜€

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