Ben Lomond Torchlight Challenge brings light relief

Hillwalkers are being asked to sign up for a torchlight expedition on Ben Lomond to challenge themselves, have fun, and raise much needed funds for good causes this September.

The Ben Lomond Torchlight Challenge is a night-time climb with the National Trust for Scotland ranger service and the Lomond Mountain Rescue Team, culminating in the creation of a torch lit beacon on the summit. Taking place on Saturday 17 September, the ascent will be at sunset and the descent will be by torch light. Participants are asked to raise sponsorship money to help fund the conservation charity’s essential footpath repair and Lomond Mountain Rescue, with funds being split 60:40.

The Trust’s Ben Lomond Property Manager,Alasdair Eckersall, comments: “Ben Lomond welcomes over 30,000 walkers every year and maintaining the footpaths is an expensive job, but is essential to protect the important natural heritage of this special place.  This unique event is a special and challenging opportunity for keen walkers and will also help to raise essential funds for a good cause.  As we will also support the superb work of the Lomond Mountain Rescue Team volunteers, we want to urge people to join us on 17 September for a great event.”

Hillwalkers with a good degree of fitness can sign up by email to or by calling 0141 616 2266.  The event begins at 4 pm and will end around midnight. Participation costs £10, and walkers are required to raise a minimum of £40 of sponsorship.