Rest or play in Rowardennan
Rowardennan, which nestles at the foot of Ben Lomond, is literally the end of the road. It's well worth the visit to enjoy the tranquil loch shore, magnificent views and the chance to take to the water or head for the hills. It also has a small beach that's perfect for paddling.
Find out more about Rowardennan and the rest of the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park.
Find life's essentials
You'll find toilets (Easter to October) at Rowardennan, which also has a hotel and a Youth Hostel.
Please note, parking charges are as follows:
- £1 for up to 1 hour
- £3 for all day
- £12 for minibus and coach all day
Season passes are also available. For more information please contact us.
Ben Lomond Memorial Trail
A gentle stroll to the shore of Loch Lomond, where there is a memorial sculpture to commemorate the Scots who gave their lives in the two World Wars.
Firm and smooth gravel surface throughout. Generally flat with short moderate ramps.
¼ miles / 0.3 km Allow ¼ hour
The granite feature was created for the Memorial Park by Angus sculptor Doug Cocker, in recognition of those who gave their lives in the service of their country. It stands at a stunning viewpoint over Loch Lomond and is the perfect place to remember and celebrate Scotland’s people, rich history and unique landscape.
Mountain biking trails
Ben Lomond hill path
The hill path to the top of this iconic peak – with magnificent views over one of the country's most beautiful lochs – begins at Rowardennan. Ben Lomond's summit is at 974 metres (3,193 feet) and it's a round trip of nearly 8 miles (12 km).
Don't be fooled by the well-worn path leading up this mountain – this is a rough and strenuous route and suitable for fit and experienced walkers. The route is not waymarked, so you'll need to take a map and compass with you. Remember that even in summer the weather can change very quickly here, so be prepared.
Cattle drovers used to stop at Rowardennan on their way to the great cattle fairs in the south. Since the 18th century people have been coming here for another reason: to view the sunrise from the summit of Ben Lomond. Today Rowardennan is one of the most popular spots in Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park.
Ben Lomond – high peak and highest honour
Ben Lomond is the most southerly of Scotland’s Munros (mountains over 3,000 feet). Its summit is at 3,193 feet (974 metres), and can be seen from as far away as Ben Nevis, over 100km to the north. It is no surprise that its name probably comes from the Gaelic laom or beacon.
Ben Lomond keeps watch over a great swathe of Scotland, both the Highlands and the Lowlands. It is therefore a fitting place to have been designated in 1995 as a war memorial, called the Ben Lomond National Memorial Park. It commemorates the Scots who gave their lives in the two World Wars. Look out for the distinctive granite memorial sculpture near the shore, designed by Scottish artist Doug Cocker.
Alpine plants and animals
The higher regions of Ben Lomond support plants and animals usually found in alpine tundra, and are host to iconic bird species including peregrine falcon, merlin and golden eagle. This is also an important breeding ground for ptarmigan, a plump grey-brown game bird whose feathers turn pure white in winter.
You’re also likely to see sheep on the high ground here. Ben Lomond is looked after by the National Trust for Scotland, who are managing the land here to balance the conservation of the natural upland habitat alongside farming activities and grazing.
Restoring native woodland
We are also working here to restore the native woodland habitats and to improve access, which includes removing some non-native trees. In the short term the results can look a little harsh but come back in 50 years’ time and we guarantee you’ll find a much more natural woodland here.
How to get here
From Drymen take the B837 towards Rowardennan. You’ll reach the village and car park after about 12 miles (19 km), at the end of the public road.
The car park is at grid reference NS 359 986.
G63 0AR is the nearest postcode.
There are no buses to Rowardennan – Balmaha is the nearest bus stop. However, in the summer it is possible to reach the village by ferry from Inverbeg.
Stop off at Sallochy as you’re passing, and enjoy its pebbly beach and superb loch views. There are some great trails through the woodland here, featuring spectacular viewpoints, an atmospheric abandoned homestead and a babbling oak-fringed burn.
Visit Balmaha, the gateway to East Loch Lomond, to explore the Ben Lomond National Memorial Park and impressive Conic Hill. You can also visit the Balmaha Visitor Centre to find out more about the area and Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park.
There’s much more of Queen Elizabeth Forest Park to explore too! Head for The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre near Aberfoyle to enjoy stunning views and find out more about what to see and do in the Forest Park. If you want to see the forest from a different angle, you’ll also find Go Ape here.
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