Robert Bontine Cunninghame Graham (1852-1936)
Scholar, travel writer and politician RB Cunninghame Graham inherited his father’s estate at Gartmore in the Trossachs. This exotic well-travelled character, with connections to the Spanish aristocracy through his mother and also connections with the Stuart monarchs of Scotland earned him the title of ‘the uncrowned king of Scotland’. He was in turn first President of the Scottish Labour Party and later held the same title with the newly-founded Scottish National Party. A cairn to commemorate him was erected in 1937 at Castlehill, Dumbarton and moved to Gartmore in 1981.
Tom Weir (1914-2006)
Glasgow-born Tom Weir, climber and writer, was in the early wave of enthusiasts who explored new climbing routes within easy reach of Glasgow. After war service he became a Ordnance Survey surveyor before climbing and writing full time. A passionate conservationist, he also hosted the tv series Weir’s Way (1976-1987). He latterly lived at Gartocharn and was a committed supporter of the Friends of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs. He is buried at Kilmaronock Parish Church, near Drymen.
Ben Humble (1903-77)
Dumbarton-born Ben Humble was a dentist by profession, but is best known for his Scottish mountain climbing exploits, as well as his prolific output as a Scottish mountain and guidebook writer. As well as producing many classic and sought-after accounts of climbing on a variety of Scottish hill ranges, he also pioneered the shorter pictorial guide for visitors. These included some for various parts of today’s National Park, eg Arrochar and also The Trossachs, which were extremely successful.