Ben Lomond Memorial National Park
Ben Lomond Memorial National Park Drymen Reviews
Ben Lomond Jul 10, 2011
Ben Lomond National Memorial Park is a National Trust for Scotland park dedicated as a peace memorial. It is also a site of special scientific interest, because of the range of plants and animals there.
The park includes a sculpture trail and low level walks along Loch Lomond for families, through oak woodlands full of wildflowers.
But the main draw for me was climbing Ben Lomond itself. Ben Lomond is the most southerly of the Monros, the 3000ft plus peaks of Scotland. The path ascends through woodland, past a thin area of sheltered bracken and orchid-like flowers, up an extremely do-able path to the summit. The whole walk should take 4-6 hours depending on fitness, weather and number of sandwich breaks. The path is extremely easy to follow, and perhaps the easiest mountain for a tourist with access to a car to climb, as it is such a well marked and well maintained path, and so close to Glasgow. You should still take basic hill walking precautions, of course (decent boots, waterproofs, map and tell someone where you are going). But the view from the top takes in Loch Lomond on one side, and the flat Stirlingshire plains on the other.
Access would be difficult without your own transport, as the bus stops in Balmaha, a 7 mile walk away, and you don’t necessarily want to walk 7 miles after coming off the Ben. There is a visitor centre with clean toilets, and as the park is inside the Trossach and Loch Lomond National Park area, there are plenty of cafes and other facilities.
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