Hiking Ben Lomond and the Cobbler are two of the most prominent mountains surrounding Loch Lomond. Climbing them gives spectacular views of the largest inland body of water in the UK. They are set within the heart of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs national park.
After, our wonderful three day Ben Nevis break over the Bank Holiday we took a couple of days to explore this stunning area and hike some of the most famous mountains.
On the first day of our break, we decided to hike up the Ptarmigan path from Rowardennan. This is a slightly less popular route, as it has a bit of easy scrambling on the way up near the summit, but if gives some of the best views of Loch Lomond.
Its an undulating path for hiking, but it follows a lovely ridge section giving great views to the North as we approach the summit.
After hiking Ben Lomond summit, the route back down is via a broad and grassy ridge, which gives great easy hiking.
The cobbler is one of Scotland’s great “small” mountains. It doesn’t quite qualify as a munro (unlike hiking Ben Lomond), but it is a still a big climb up and the summit is truly craggy and mountainous. It also looks quite menacing as you approach from the village of Arrochar, but that doesn’t stop us taking a break for a paddle on the way.
As we approach, the going gets steep and rocky, but the views back are breath-taking.
Once we reach the Bealach (col) its a short scramble up to the Cobbler south summit.
The its a short scramble down and back up the other side to explore the more famous, rugged and quite scary north summit.
I don’t fancy the scramble all the way onto the summit, but its quite fun scrambling around and through the hole and back. And there is no harm in taking a look.
Altogether a great couple of days hiking in some brilliant weather.