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Military makeover adds to Rowardennan appeal

Posted 11 October 2012
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Military makeover adds to Rowardennan appeal
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Rowardennan is an area many walkers will be familiar with, although for those reaching the location while on the West Highland Way it may be seen primarily as another stopping point and a chance to take off one's walking boots while resting at the local hotel or youth hostel. 

Even the people doing just that should enjoy the experience, for getting there and moving on means walking alongside the famous bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, the largest lake in mainland Britain.

But when arriving at Rowardennan, either as a stopover between Milngavie and Fort William or as part of a longer stay, some will notice a curious sculpture.

This is in fact the army memorial sculpture and it has just received a timely makeover by members of the Royal Logistics Corps.

Speaking on the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park Authority website, Major Gary Wallace of 527 squadron said: "It was a great team effort to get the memorial looking clean and tidy ahead of Rembrance Day on 11 November.

"Memorials often need some TLC and we were only too happy to help with this iconic memorial in the National Park. Despite the howling wind and rain, we managed to clean a sizeable area around the sculpture and are pleased with the results."

Like any area popular with walkers, Rowardennan can be vulnerable to littering and grime. The area has also had a problem with antisocial behaviour by wild campers in the past, but a bye-law now bans this activity in the summer.

Those who do stop to enjoy Rowardennan will not only be able to enjoy some fine loch views, but also climb Scotland's southernmost Munro, Ben Lomond.

At 3,195 ft it is higher than all but one of the mountains of England, but is a simple climb without many crags or scrambles to deal with and its summit offers panoramic views, not least over the loch.

Walkers can make a slightly circular walk by returning by the Ptarmigan Ridge, but those keen on their tick lists may descend down its northern flank and climb Cruinn a' Bheinn, a 2,072 ft Corbett.