Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park is home to 21 Munros – Scottish mountains with a summit of more than 3000ft. Many people enjoy “bagging” (ticking off) Munros by walking to the summits.
The 21 Munros in the National Park include:
A walk to the top of any Munro requires a good level of fitness and navigational skills. It is also important that you know how to prepare yourself for changeable weather.
However, there are some Munros that are considered easier than others, perhaps because of the relative height gain from the walk start to the summit or because they have a well-trodden path to the top.
The most southerly Munro in Scotland, Ben Lomond is a very popular outing on a fine day. Walkers come from towns and cities across the central belt to walk up and down the “tourist” trail. If you want to avoid the masses, walk to the 974m top in the early morning, before everyone else arrives.
Ben Vorlich doesn’t pose too many problems for the seasoned walker and is a great mountain for people who are new to Munro bagging, so long as you have the right kit and navigational skills. It is located close to the Highland Boundary Fault and offers superb views across both the Highlands and Lowlands.
The tallest of the mountains in the Arrochar Alps, on a day of good weather the hike to the peak is relatively straightforward. From the bealach (narrow mountain pass) at the end of the glen the path becomes fainter and there is a little scrambling at the top but it should not pose too many problems.
Another Arrochar Alps hike and one that can be paired with Beinn Ime for a challenging day out, Narnain on its own offers a great day of hiking. The easiest route to the summit is similar to that for Ime until the bealach, where you walk south-easterly over a series of false summits to reach the top.
Ben Lui can look a bit daunting at the start but once you have walked into the coire (a naturally curved hollow) a route slowly emerges that is fairly easy to navigate. The views from the summit on a clear day are truly breath-taking.