Walking Ben Lomond – Map the Route
Glasgow’s Mountain. Super-popular year-round, this one has long been a favourite for folk looking to escape the central belt for the day.With fabulous views throughout the ascent over Loch Lomond and even better ones over the Trossachs and southern Highlands from the summit, it’s little wonder why it’s so well-loved. Although a regular stop for long-distance walkers, the most common tactic would be to park up at Rowardennan in the designated car park. Best to get there early during peak season as Ben Lomond is always busy in summer. Descent is generally by the same route as you came.
Height: 974 metres (3196 feet). Making it our most southerly Munro.
Time Taken: 4-5 hours return.
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate. Although fairly lengthy, this is not a hugely challenging hike by any means. There are few steep stretches and it’s pretty steady throughout. The summit area involves some zig zagging to reach the eventual trig point.
Ben Lomond Hiking Map
You can trace the full route in the interactive map below. The green marker indicates the start; red the end. Zoom in and out as needed and, to keep you from getting lost, this map is built with geolocation incorporated into it. That means when you are physically there, you can use your mobile device to see where you are in relation to the route. Please note that your real time location marker may not be exact 100% of the time and is at the mercy of Google geolocation. You will also need to allow Location Services on your device for it to work – same as you would for a Google Map. Therefore, a good, old-fashioned map is still advisable for all rural walking routes.
Using the Map
Take note of the icons running vertically on the left of the map. From top to bottom you can:
- Zoom in and out of the map.
- Make the map fullscreen on your device (the ‘broken square’ icon).
- See where you are by geolocation in real time (the ‘pin’ icon). Note my above points about geolocation and that geolocation can never be 100% accurate.
- Return the map to its starting position (the ‘house’ icon).
The map format has been pre-set to Terrain so as to include contour lines specifically. You can, though, change the map appearance via the icon in the top right eg. to Google roadmap.