This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Ben Lomond.
Ben Lomond, Scotland, is a mountain situated on the east shore of Loch Lomond. At just under a thousand metres high, it is one of the two hundred eighty-two Munros of Scotland, which means that it is a mountain above three thousand feet high. This categorisation is important, as a lot of people in Scotland do Munro-bagging as a hobby, which means that they compete about how many Munro mountains they have managed to climb. As this is probably the most easily accessible of them all, do not expect complete solitude on this mountain!
Ben Lomond is a relatively easy hike, even though what makes it somewhat exhausting is that you can never see exactly where the peak is, so it is difficult to estimate how far you are from the goal. However, on a clear day, it is an absolutely rewarding experience, as the whole track leads you above the lake and you are accompanied by breathtaking scenery all the way.
Ben Lomond is also on The West Highland Way, a popular multi-day hike that leads you from Milngavie to Fort William. As such, there are various accommodation facilities all along the way; however, your options for hostels in Ben Lomond, Scotland, are limited, but what exists will place you a few kilometres from the start of the hike up the mountain. Your Ben Lomond, Scotland hostel is inside a fabulous, traditional Scottish cottage located in a secluded natural environment, and it's ideal for a day's rest away from it all. However, if you are staying here, make sure to do your shopping in a bigger place, like Balloch, beforehand, as there are no supermarkets nearby.
Once in the area, you might also want to devote a day to traveling around the lake by boat. There is a waterbus that stops right in front of your Ben Lomond, Scotland hostel, and takes you to the quaint little village of Luss or to the more upper-scale holiday destination of Tarbet; both places are the synonyms of peace and tranquility.
Written by local enthusiast for Ben Lomond hostelsJudyM