The previous day Jet and I had climbed Sgurr Dhomnhuill in Ardgour. I had originally hoped to climb another P600 hill near Loch Lomond but time and a lack of a place to park had put me off. So I returned to a mountain that I had first climbed 30 years before, Ben Lomond.
I had forgotten how far off the A82 it was, but eventually we made it to the Forestry Car Park at Rowardennan for a relatively late start at around 9am.
Although it was a Monday in October the day was busy, testament to the mountain’s popularity. One day I will do the Ptarmigan Ridge approach. But there is some scrambling near the end and I did not want to have to think about how I might get the dog up this, so I went up the standard route.
Whichever way you go there are some nice views over the Loch and its islands. I had a brief rest and snack to admire the view.
Here is the view towards the summit block.
The path is clear all the way. In just under 2½ hours we were at the top.
There is a hidden rocky coire on Ben Lomond, the top of which we followed on the way down.
The views to the Arrochar Alps are nice.
Plenty of people were having lunch and looking at the views.
I took a video from the summit as the clouds began to roll in, as predicted by the forecast.
And it took us just under 90 minutes to get back down. A nice straightforward and quick day before our return to Yorkshire.