Last week we went on a city break to Glasgow. But it’s not a holiday for us if there isn’t a mountain involved, and whilst in Glasgow it seemed a good opportunity to do my first Munro.
We don’t have a car but thankfully Ben Lomond is accessible by public transport, as long as you visit between March and October when the Cruise Loch Lomond water bus is operating. The alarm was set for 5.50am.
Coach at 6.50 although we were delayed leaving due to the closure of the A82. Thankfully the bus diversion didn’t impact us as we were travelling to Tarbet, which is where the road was closed from. We made it to the water bus with lots of time and that was also running late, but the crossing over to Rowardennan didn’t take long.
When we set off the weather was lovely however that soon changed! We had been debating whether to do the walk on the Thursday or the Friday. We opted for Friday as the weather forecast sounded promising however it wasn’t to be. We took the main path which is a good well made path, with only a couple of extremely muddy sections near the start. I always find the steep uphill climbing tough, and this was no exception, with my tight calf muscle feeling like it would snap at any moment.
The weather turned and suddenly we were battling through cloud, rain and wind. It was freezing and we stupidly didn’t put our waterproof trousers on. Once we reached the top I was starting to get very cold and shaky, so on went the waterproof trousers and I felt so much better. I thought there wouldn’t be much point in putting waterproofs on once soaked through but it’s amazing how quickly soaked trousers dry out once waterproofs are on over the top.
The cloud started to clear on the way back down, revealing stunning views of the landscape, however it was too late to return to the top. If we hadn’t had a boat to catch I would have turned around and walked back up again.
One day I’ll get some dramatic views from the top of a mountain.