History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
If you want to climb Ben Lomond itself, the route begins at the public car park at Rowardennan and will take a person of average fitness about 5 hours. The route is 7.5 miles long and ascends some 990 metres. The route is generally well maintained but some sections may be muddy.
Most of the Ben Lomond area is included in a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), a recognition of the range of upland habitat.
The National Trust for Scotland cares for 22 square km of countryside, taking in Ben Lomond itself, plus much of the surrounding countryside. Ben Lomond is one of 46 Munros in the care of the National Trust for Scotland (a Munro is a peak over 3000 feet high).
Ardesss Heritage TrailOne way to get the most out of a visit to Ben Lomond is the Ardess Hidden History Trail, which takes in several heritage related sites. Pamphlets detailing the walking route are available from a dispenser outside the ranger station at Ardess Lodge.
The route takes in the remains of Victorian kennels from the days when the gentry flocked to Ben Lomond for hunting. The trail then passes the ruined shell of an 18th century mill, the remains of rig and furrow cultivation and iron smelting, and meanders through 18th century oak woodland. You can spy the remains of a traditional turf-built cottage and several stone houses dating back at least 250 years.
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About Ben Lomond
Address: Ardess Lodge, Rowardennan, Drymen, Stirling, Scotland, G63 0AR
Attraction Type: Countryside
Location: On a minor road from the B837 at Rowardennan, 11 miles beyond Drymen, off the A811
Website: Ben Lomond
National Trust for Scotland
OS: NN367 029
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Loch Lomond - 2.5 miles (Countryside)
The Trossachs - 10.8 miles (Countryside)
Hill House - 12.5 miles (Historic House)
Ardkinglas Woodland Garden - 12.7 miles (Garden)
Inchmahome Priory - 12.9 miles (Abbey)
Geilston Garden - 15.5 miles (Garden)
Inveraray Maritime Museum - 17.1 miles (Museum)
Inveraray Jail - 17.1 miles (Museum)
Nearest Holiday Cottages to Ben Lomond:
Nearby accommodation is calculated 'as the crow flies' from Ben Lomond. 'Nearest' may involve a long drive up and down glens or, if you are near the coast, may include a ferry ride! Please check the property map to make sure the location is right for you.