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Munro Bagging - Ben Lomond, Scotland

Updated: May 5, 2021

Some of Scotland’s best views and landscapes can be experienced from one of the 282 Munro’s.

Munro's are named after Sir Hugo Munro that produced the first list of mountains that stand over 3000ft (914.4 metres) in Scotland. The highest and most famous being Ben Nevis standing at 4,409ft (1,344 metres).

Ben Lomond With Heather Footlands ©MDHarding

Last year I had the pleasure of taking part in the first nighttime trek up Ben Lomond, organised with The National Trust.

It was my first Munro never mind, in the dark! I was very excited, to say the least. Head torch at the ready and ample chocolate for energy, we were on our way. A few hours later after being windswept and a little deflated from not quite reaching the top due to the torrential weather,

Climbing Up Ben Lomond ©MDHarding

I was keen to go up again and see the incredible views by daylight!

Yesterday was the day. We set off from Edinburgh by car midmorning with a packed lunch, water and plenty of chocolate (loving the excuse to eat my favourite food). The weather being as unpredictable as ever here in Scotland, so in the bag were also waterproofs, sunscreen, hat and sunglasses.

We reached the car park at 12.30pm to a drizzle of rain being blown across Loch Lomond. The car park was busy which spurred us on that we weren’t the only dafties walking up the 3195 feet (974 metres) Munro. (Car parking for the day is £3.00 and there are toilet facilities in the car park).

We set off through the tarmacked amenity block onto the woodland floor. The track was easy for the first hundred metres and then got very boggy and we found ourselves negotiating, the very muddy terrain. It wasn’t long until we had to do a bit of mountain climbing up and over a stone face wall. Once up we took a look back and wondered how on earth we were going to get back down, on the way back. (What goes up must come down! Came to mind).