Exploring the best Munros near Loch Lomond

Located in Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, Loch Lomond is a prime spot for outdoor enthusiasts and hillwalkers. The area is known for its lochs, hills and Munros. For those interested in ‘Munro Bagging’, Loch Lomond Munros offer some of the best climbs in Scotland. If you’re looking to visit Loch Lomond, consider staying at Loch Lomond Waterfront. Make the most of your visit to our luxurious five-star lodges and chalets in Scotland.

Loch Lomond looking onto Ben Lomond.
Views of Loch Lomond looking at Ben Lomond.

What is a Munro?

A Munro is a Scottish mountain that is more than 3,000 feet (914 meters) in height. Named after Sir Hugh Munro, who put together the first list of these hills in the late 19th century. Scottish Munros attract climbers from around the world. The most famous Munro is Ben Nevis, standing at 4,411 feet (1,345 meters) which is the tallest mountain in the British Isles. Many hikers take on the challenge of climbing as many Munros as possible, this is known as ‘Munro Bagging’.

Fort William Scotland Aug 24th 2020. People enjoy the incredible views from the summit of Ben Nevis during good weather in Scotlan.
Incredible views from the summit of Ben Nevis, the largest Munro in the UK.

Munros in Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park

The national park boasts 21 Munros, making it a prime destination for climbers. Among these, three of the tallest are:

Magnificent panorama of mountains Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park climbing the mountains in the scottish highlands.
Magnificent panorama of mountains in Trossachs National Park.

Tips for climbing Munros

Climbing Munros requires fitness, navigating skills and preparation for Scotland’s unpredictable weather. While many Munros present a challenge, a few stand out as easier options thanks to their well-trodden paths and lower height gains. Here are some of the more accessible Loch Lomond Munros:

Ben Lomond (974m), Balmaha

One of the most popular Munros, Ben Lomond offers stunning views of Loch Lomond and the surrounding area. The well-marked path starts from Rowardennan, making it a favourite for both novice and seasoned hikers. The climb is straightforward but rewarding, providing panoramic views from the summit.

Ben Lomond (3,196 ft), is a mountain in the Scottish Highlands. Situated on the eastern shore of Loch Lomond, it is the most southerly of the Munros.
Views from the summit of Ben Lomond, 3,196 ft.

Ben Lui (1,130m), Tyndrum

Although Ben Lui is one of the taller Munros, the approach from Glen Lochy is relatively gentle, making it accessible for those with moderate experience. The mountain’s distinctive twin summits offer incredible views and the surrounding terrain is full of wildlife and picturesque landscapes.

Beinn Narnain (926m), Arrochar

Located near the village of Arrochar, Beinn Narnain is part of the Arrochar Alps and provides a thrilling climb with rocky sections and a rugged path. The views from the top include Loch Long and the nearby peaks, making it a rewarding trek for those looking for a bit more challenge without extreme difficulty.

Stunning scenery at Loch Long Argyll and Bute Scotland.
A view across Loch Long at Arrochar.

Ben Vorlich (943m), Lochearnhead

Ben Vorlich, standing above Loch Earn, is another excellent choice for those new to Munro bagging. The path is well-defined, and the ascent is steady, making it suitable for most walkers. The summit offers stunning views across the loch and the surrounding highlands.

View south down Loch Lomond showing A'Chrois and the power station on the slopes of Ben Vorlich. From the West Highland Way near Glen Falloch, Southern Highlands of Scotland.
Ben Vorlich, Loch Lomond.

Loch Lomond Munros offer a variety of climbing experiences, from the easier paths of Ben Lomond to the more challenging routes of Beinn Narnain. Whether you’re an experienced climber or a beginner, there’s something for everyone. Make sure you’re well-prepared for your hike and take in the stunning scenery of this part of Scotland. Get out there and start exploring!
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