Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park

Kate Hopper By Kate Hopper

Loch Lomond and the Trossachs has a staggering 41 mountains over 2000 ft to climb. In celebration of the National Park’s 16th birthday, GetOutside champion Kate Hopper gives us 10 of her favourite hill walks in the area.

Covering 720 sq miles of beautiful lochs, mountains and glens, the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs was the first National Park to be designated in Scotland, opening on the 19th July, 2002.

Beinn-Narnaim


Beinn-Narnaim

1. Conic Hill, Loch Lomond

Conic Hill is a knobbly little peak which rises up 350m above Loch Lomond - giving incredible views across the loch. The walk to the top of Conic Hill takes around an hour and is great for kids - look out for the hill’s resident shaggy highland coos! On a sunny day the car park at Balmaha gets very busy - so get there early!

2. Ben A’an, Loch Katrine

Described by many as the perfect hill, Ben A’an is a ‘mountain in miniature’. Popular with families, a recently upgraded path takes hikers steeply up to the summit 454m above Loch Katrine. This is a small hill with a very big view - and a great introduction to hill walking in Scotland.

Views from Ben Ledi


Views from Ben Ledi

3. Ben Ledi, Callander

Ben Ledi ‘or the mountain of God’ dominates the Trossachs town of Callander. Starting from the edge of Loch Lubnaig it is a steady walk up a good path with wide-ranging and stunning views of the Trossachs – including across to the huge Ben Lawers range.

4. Ben Venue, Loch Katrine

Whilst Ben A’an might be the most popular of all the Trossachs hills in my opinion the view from Ben Venue is actually even better.

Ok, Ben Venue at 729m is quite a bit higher than Ben A’an at 454m – and there is a wee bit of very easy scrambling to get you to the two summits – but the view across Loch Katrine and Loch Venachar is worth it.

Ben Venue


Ben Venue

5. Beinn Dubh, Loch Lomond

Loch Lomond contains over 30 islands and my favourite view of them is from Beinn Dubh (The Black Mountain) above the village of Luss. You don’t need to climb high up Beinn Dubh for the view, but if you have more time and energy the Glen Striddle Horseshoe is a fine walk.

6. Ben Arthur ‘The Cobbler’, Arrochar

One of Scotland’s most famous hills, The Cobbler is famous distinctive shape and rocky crags – and the challenge of ‘threading the needle’ – jumping across and then scrambling up the pinnacle to stand on the rocky peak which is actually the very top of the hill.

7. Ben Lomond, Loch Lomond

Challenging Ben Nevis for Scotland’s most popular hill climb, Ben Lomond (‘Beacon Mountain’) is tackled by around 30,000 people each year.

My favourite views of Loch Lomond are actually from the Ptarmigan Ridge next to Ben Lomond. The path is rockier and tougher, but the views from the descent are beautiful.

Loch Lomond views


Loch Lomond views

8. Ben Ime, Loch Lomond

The Arrochar Alps are a set of rocky peaks rising above the north end of Loch Lomond. Behind the Cobbler rises Ben Ime one of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs 14 Munros.

With views across to Ben Nevis and the Crianlarich Hills, Ben Ime makes for a great day’s hill walking and can also be combined with rocky neighbour Beinn Narnain.

9. Ben Vorlich, Loch Lomond

The mighty Ben Vorlich (‘Hill of the Bay’) is the most dramatic of the Arrochar Alps. Climbed from the hydroelectric dam at Loch Sloy, the hike up Ben Vorlich is very steep and boggy and leads you up a series of false summits.

However, all that effort is seriously worth it – the view across Loch Lomond, to Ben Lomond and to the rest of the Arrochar Alps is simply stunning.

The Cobbler from Ben Ime


The Cobbler from Ben Ime

10. Ben More, Crianlarich

Ben More (‘Big Hill’) is the highest mountain in the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park and is a huge cone towering about Crianlarich.

From the top there is an incredible view across the Trossachs and neighbouring Stob Binnein - however Ben More comes with a health warning - the path up the front is relentlessly steep.

Kate in Loch Lomond

To climb in the National Park you will OS Maps: OL38 Loch Lomond South (Conic Hill, Ben Lomond), OL39 Loch Lomond North (Beinn Dubh, The Cobbler, Ben Ime, Ben Vorlich) and OL46 The Trossachs (Ben A’an, Ben Ledi, Ben Venue, Ben More).

Or check out GetOutside in Scotland for more ideas to get you active outside.

Kate Hopper By Kate Hopper

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Kate is a munro-bagging outdoor-blogger based in Edinburgh. Kate’s blog Love, from Scotland shows people how to get outside (mostly) in Scotland.

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