Climbing the iconic peak of the southern Scottish Highlands.
Ben Lomond is a bit of a star among the Scottish mountains. Whether it is its convenient location near Glasgow, which makes it one of most popular Munro to climb, or its prominent shape rising above the largest lake in Great Britain, the Loch Lomond - it made its way into the common culture. So after nearly three years of living in Scotland, it was quite due to actually scale it.
As soon as we left the car at the parking lot at the 'bonnie banks o' Loch Lomond,' where the trail starts, it was rather windy. Looking up towards the mountain, it was clear that we are in for a proper blow. To reach the summit, one has to gain some 990m (3250ft) of elevation - and it felt like that number represented how many times would the wind change the conditions. Step, sun, step, rain!
As the soaked clouds got replaced with sunshine, we were rewarded with some fantastic, colorful outlooks.
It didn't take long, and another dense cloud was coming our way. Surely enough, more rain.
This lasted all the way to the summit.
As mentioned, the wind was doing some speed racing that day, and on the top of the Ben Lomond, there's nothing to shield you from the elements. Talking about some fresh moments, right there. But once more, it meant that the rain clouds were slowly but surely pushed away.
This progress made for cheerful mood, as we started the descent.
The rain was still coming and going, but the side we opted to get down was less exposed than the one we climbed up, so it went all right. At one point, a large bird of prey made a circle above us.
It was during one of the downpours, so my camera was drenched, making blurry shots. But I still like it. Then, when the views got limited again, I was thinking about a line choice, if I'd ever take a bike up here. And just like we were nearly down, the rain went away for good.
What a neat hike, this was. Right, let's drive home now..
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Published by: Jakub Stepanovic in Stories