Ben Lomond is most feasibly reached by car, and you will find on this page travel directions by road from Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Inverness. The nearest train station is at Balloch, but this is a significant distance from Ben Lomond, and there are no bus services running to Rowardennan, at the foot of Ben Lomond. Please note that the road directions given below are to Rowardennan, on the western side of Ben Lomond – they are not the correct directions if you are looking to take the rarely climbed eastern side of Ben Lomond.
From Glasgow (28 miles)
Your car journey from the centre of Glasgow to Rowardennan should take approximately 1 hour 15 minutes in light traffic conditions.
Take the A809 north west out of Glasgow in the direction of Drymen. Follow the road until the roundabout with the A811, and then follow the A811 for half a mile. You should then turn left onto the B858 following signs for Drymen and Balmaha, and then left again onto the B837 following signs for Balmaha and Rowardennan. You should then follow local roads in the direction of Rowardennan.
From Edinburgh (71 miles)
Your car journey from Edinburgh to Rowardennan should take just over 2 hours with normal traffic conditions.
Follow the M9 westbound in the direction of Stirling. Leave the M9 at Junction 10, then follow signs for A84 Crianlarich and Callander. Follow the A84 for around 4 miles, and then turn onto Kirk Lane, the B8075, following signs for Gargunnock. After about 2 miles turn right onto the A811 signposted for the Erskine Bridge. Keep following signs for the Erskine Bridge until you come to the junction with the B858, where you should turn onto the B858 followings signs for Drymen and Balmaha. You should then continue to follow local signs for Balmaha, and then Rowardennan.
From Aberdeen (148 miles)
A journey by car from Aberdeen to Rowardennan should take about 4 hours assuming normal traffic conditions.
Take the A90 southbound in the direction of Dundee and Perth. Follow the A90 past Dundee, and then at Perth you should continue onto the M90, and then branch left at Junction 10, following signs for Stirling A9. You should then follow signs for A9 Glasgow and Stirling, before turning onto the A820 about 113 miles into your journey, signposted for Doune. Then turn onto the A84 signposted for Stirling. You should then turn onto Kirk Lane, the B8075, following signs for Gargunnock. After about 2 miles turn right onto the A811 signposted for the Erskine Bridge. Keep following signs for the Erskine Bridge until you come to the junction with the B858, where you should turn onto the B858 followings signs for Drymen and Balmaha. You should then continue to follow local signs for Balmaha, and then Rowardennan.
From Inverness (167 miles)
Assuming normal traffic conditions, your car journey from Inverness to Rowardennan should take just under 4 hours 30 minutes.
Follow the A82 southbound in the direction of Fort William, passing Drumnadrochit, Invermoriston, Fort Augustus, Invergarry, Laggan Locks and Spean Bridge. Follow the A82 south, through Fort William, and then up Glen Coe, across the breathtaking Rannoch Moor, through Bridge of Orchy, Tyndrum, Crianlarich, and then down the western side of Loch Lomond.
At Stoneymollan Roundabout, at the southern end of Loch Lomond, you should take the 1st exit onto the A811 signposted for Stirling. Keep following signs for Stirling until the junction with the B858. Take the B858 following signs for Drymen and Balmaha, and then the B837 following signs for Balmaha and Rowardennan. You should then follow local signs for Rowardennan.
The closest train station to Ben Lomond is Balloch, however you would need to arrange your own onward travel to Rowardennan, at the foot of Ben Lomond – no public transport in available. Trains are operated by Scotrail and Strathclyde Passenger Transport (SPT), running from Glasgow Queen Street to Balloch.
Glasgow Airport is the closest airport to Ben Lomond, being 36 miles from the mountain. The airport has excellent UK domestic connections, as well as flights to European, Mediterranean, and some Asian and US destinations.
Prestwick Airport (also known as Glasgow Prestwick Airport, though it is not really in Glasgow) is a primarily low cost and cargo airport, 59 miles from Ben Lomond, and has connections with UK and European destinations.
Edinburgh Airport is 64 miles from Ben Lomond, with connections through the UK, Europe, and some US connections.
Dundee Airport is a small airport 152 miles from Urquhart Castle, with a limited selection of domestic UK flights.