Beinn Dubh lies between the vast Loch Lomond, Gare Loch and Loch Long. Residing in the south of the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, this wonderful mountain rises to 2,106 feet (642 m) and provides phenomenal views over Loch Lomond.
Beinn Dubh is easily ascended from the village of Luss on Lomond’s beautiful shores. You can add several of its sibling summits in too, and complete a loop if you want. Either way, the views of the loch and the Arrochar Alps are epic if the weather is clear.
A fantastic, easy mountain with disproportionately splendid views
The most popular starting point is the pretty village of Luss which has car parking and eateries for your return. The ascent begins immediately, straight up the grassy ridge that Beinn Dubh stretches out to the village. An exposed ridge, the views across Loch Lomond and Glen Luss reward you early on. As you near the top, the views become staggering, with the island-studded loch stretching away.
If you reach the summit in good weather, you might not want to leave, as the panorama is exceptional. The Arrochar Alps, including the striking form of The Cobbler, can be seen to the north, reaching skywards. You can continue around to Coire na h-Eanachan and Mid Hill, descending from there into Glen Luss or you can simply retrace your steps. If you continue, the terrain can be much boggier.
If you have winter mountaineering experience then this is a particularly manageable peak to summit in the darker months as it’s quick and non-technical. It’s a good peak for older children in the warmer months too.