Munros in Helensburgh and Lomond

There are 4 Munros (Scottish Mountains over 3,000 feet high) in Helensburgh and Lomond – Beinn Ime, Ben Vorlich, Beinn Narnain and Ben Vane.

Munros‘ are named for Sir Hugh Munro (1856-1919), who published a list of Scottish mountains over 3,000ft in the Journal of the Scottish Mountaineering Club in 1891. There are currently 282 separate Munros, and 227 ‘tops’ (subsidiary summits). Munro-bagging is the activity of climbing as many of the peaks as you can, and those who manage all 282 are known as Munroists, or Compleators.

Beinn Ime – 1011m/3,317ft

Beinn Ime is the highest of the Arrochar Alps. Usually ascended by its broad southern slopes from the Bealach a’Mhaim, the other sides of the mountain are much steeper and more rugged.
Walking route: Beinn Ime and Beinn Narnain from Arrochar

Helensburgh and Lomond Munro Map
Beinn Ime from Butterbridge © Grinner, CC BY-SA 3.0
Beinn Ime from the Butterbridge © Grinner, CC BY-SA 3.0

Ben Vorlich (Loch Lomond) – 943m/3,094ft

Ben Vorlich towers above the west side of the head of Loch Lomond; although close to the road its steep sides mean it is still a tough ascent. The Inveruglas hydro-electric power station is on its eastern flanks, with pipelines running through the mountain from Loch Sloy. It is usually climbed by a steep ascent on the Loch Sloy side though a more interesting circuit can be had from Ardlui.
Walking route: Ben Vorlich from Ardvorlich via Loch Sloy

Beinn Narnain – 926m/3,041ft

One of the Arrochar Alps, Beinn Narnain’s location means it is often one of the first Munros to be tackled. It is a very rocky little mountain with some scrambling and several false summits.
Walking route: Beinn Ime and Beinn Narnain from Arrochar


Ben Vane (Loch Lomond) – 915m/3,004ft

One of the Arrochar Alps, Ben Vane only just makes Munro status but has great character, with very steep and rocky slopes on all sides. Bealachs with other peaks are very low and Ben Vane is usually climbed on its own.
Walking route: Ben Vane from Inveruglas

Summit cairn on Ben Vane. Ben Lomond, Loch Lomond and A'Chrois beyond. © Russel Wills, CC BY-SA 2.0 Image source:
Summit cairn on Ben Vane. © Russel Wills, CC BY-SA 2.0

Route descriptions courtesy of Walk Highlands. Please visit their website for detailed route information, including free-to-view OS maps, and downloadable route files to use with your GPS or smartphone.

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