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Ben Lomond

Rising to a height of 974m (3195 feet) from the eastern shore of Loch Lomond, Ben Lomond lies at the heart of the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. Its summit is marked by an Ordnance Survey primary triangulation pillar installed in 1936 for the re-triangulation of Great Britain. Now climbed by around 30,000 people every year, the first recorded ascent was by a group of Cambridge University students in 1756. Held by the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, the watercolour The Traveller - Vide Ossian's War of Caros, which was painted in 1802 by J.M.W. Turner (1775 - 1851), was misunderstood to be of the Welsh mountains until correctly identified as Ben Lomond in 2013. In 1984 the National Trust for Scotland acquired 2173 ha (5369 acres) of mountain land including Ben Lomond and the summits of Ptarmigan, Sron Aonaich and Beinn Uird. This property, along with adjacent Forestry Commission land, was designated the Ben Lomond National Memorial in December 1995 as a tribute to those who gave their lives in the service of their country.


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