Ben Lomond – The Most Southerly Munro – Munro Adventure Day 51 – June 20 th

Ben Lomond  Beinn Laomainn, ‘Beacon Mountain’), 974 metres is a distinctive[] mountain in the Scottish Highlands. Situated on the eastern shore of Loch Lomond it is the most southerly of the Munros. Ben Lomond lies within the Ben Lomond National Memorial Park and the Loch Lomand and the Trossachs National Park property of the National Trust For Scotland.

Its accessibility from  Glasgow and elsewhere in central Scotland, together with the relative ease of ascent from Rowerdennan, makes it one of the most popular of all the Munros. On a clear day, it is visible from the higher grounds of Glasgow and eastwards across the low-lying central valley of Scotland; this may have led to it being named ‘Beacon Mountain’, as with the equally far-seen Lomomd Hills in Fife. Ben Lomond summit can also be seen from Ben Nevis, the highest peak in Britain, over 40 miles (64 km) away. The West Highland Way runs along the western base of the mountain, by the loch.

Ben Lomomd

Ben Lomomd

DAY 51 ( 20th JUNE )
Ben Lomond – 3196 feet
You may have wondered why I left Ben Lomond out while I was down that way in early May, it was all part of my original route plan which was to climb it while supporting my son Steven in the West Highland Way race . Unfortunately for him he had to withdraw 4 weeks ago due to an ongoing running injury. It was always going to be a big detour to go back at any time, so when he suggested to go down anyway and climb it and afterwards we could follow some of the runners on the way home, it’s a bit easier watching than actually taking part in the race .
I was parked up for the night at the Creag Meagaidh car park, Steven left Lhanbryde at 4am and picked me up at 5.45 then headed down to Spean Bridge and the A82 to Glasgow, we arrived at Rowerdenan at 8.30 and surprisingly no midges about , now that tells you something about how cold May and June has been it’s usually horrendous at this time. We just took the tourist path up today it was into the clag at 300m and never looked like clearing this early in the morning but at least it stayed dry. Not many people about on the way up but on our return it was like Sachiehall street on a Saturday afternoon.
Back to the car and a drive to Up to Tynrdrum for lunch and then watched a few runners pass through, continued up to the 70mile checkpoint at Glen Coe ski centre and stayed for a hour watching a variety of states arrive, some getting their feet patched up some limping some looking very fresh considering what they had already done ( I’ve been there 3 times I know it hurts) . Drove onto Fort William to the finish line at the leisure centre to see some of the finishers coming in. We had heard earlier that the record was broken for the 3rd year running by our very own Paul Giblin in a amazing time of 14hrs 14mins, in running terms that’s a average of 9 minute miles for the whole 95 race, it takes a average 6 days to walk it , A huge respect to him well done.
Section 1 complete.
Today’s totals:7.97 mls,971m ascent,3 hrs 57 mins
147 Munros to date .

About heavywhalley.MBE

After dinner speaker Lecturer and Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 36 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 4 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer and loves the wild places.
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