Ben Lomond in the Bag

So. My first ever Munro happened yesterday…

After a shocking forecast for the Sunday, the 5am bedroom window framed a glorious view blue sky and fluffy white clouds. Since decorating 2 months ago i am yet to re-hang the curtains but that’s fine, being awake at that hour allows plenty of time for early exploration. My story may change when winter offers a more monochrome canvas. Due to the wet forecast, I’m convinced that’s what kept other walkers away until later in the day. The climb was relatively peaceful with the odd super early climber descending for breakfast as we aimed for the peak.

We're coming to get you Ben Lomond...

We’re coming to get you Ben Lomond…


While I can walk long distances on level ground at a brisk pace, hills and anything remotely inclined tend to be approached with a slower step. My 3 companions had climbed Ben Lomond before and as a Munro virgin, I took my pace slowly to prepare for the ‘wall’. The wall never occurred but frequent 5second stops every 10 minutes helped the journey:  feet and legs kept up their part of the deal while the lungs had been a bit lazy of late…

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Cameron House Hotel & Marina across Loch Lomond


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Just starting…


We're coming to get you Ben Lomond...

Now I have been to the top I would say it was a moderate climb with a few steeper sections. The entire walk is well walked and evident: there is no possible way you could take the wrong path as there are none. I have heard that in busier times that it’s comparative to Central Station so just follow the people-ants in waterproofs and you won’t get lost. It’s also reassuring to know that mountain rescue regularly patrol the area and we were briskly over taken by 3 hill-running, shorts-wearing, tanned, smiling, muscular… sorry, where was I again…?

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